This article will guide you on how to start a driving school in Nigeria and make money from it. It has everything you need, knowledge, registration and operations.
Do you have superior driving skills, extensive driving experience, and you are passionate about transferring this skill to others, willing to make some money? Then it is imperative that you read this. This article is going to show you how to start a driving school in Nigeria.
A driving school is an institution where individuals go to learn how to drive properly. In a driving school, people are taught not just how to drive a car but how to obey various road signs and proper driving behaviour. Basically, it is a school that teaches driving training and road safety.
Apart from the fact that only very few people can drive a vehicle without being taught, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) stipulates that no one can get a new driving license without first showing evidence that he or she has gone through and passed driving tests that are carried out in a registered driving school.
Driving schools are very important; in fact they are indispensable in ensuring that our roads are safe to use. At the end of this article, you will be enlightened as to how to start a driving school in Nigeria.
There are some necessary steps that need to be taken before you can start your own driving school. These are;
1. Train To Be A Driving School Instructor
There is a common saying that you cannot give what you do not have. Before you can embark on setting up your own driving school, it is imperative that you obtain some training with regards to how to teach others to drive.
This training is important irrespective of the fact that you might have long years of driving experience because it will help you to be abreast of the latest developments in driving and also teach you how to impart knowledge in the right manner.
As a matter of fact, you will not be allowed to register you driving school if you do not show proof that you are a certified driving instructor. Some prominent driver instructor training centres in Nigeria are AA and Autotraxx Driving School.
2. Do All the Appropriate Registration and Paper Work
It is vital to emphasize here that driving training is highly regulated in Nigeria, so in order for you not to have any run ins with the law, you have to tidy up the legal frame work of your proposed driving school.
First of all, you have to get the necessary approval from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office in your locality. They will require you to show proof of your instructor training and other requirements as have been laid out by the FRSC.
Secondly, you have to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). As you might already know, all corporate bodies in Nigeria must register with CAC.
You also have to register with the state government where you intend to operate. Most states in Nigeria also regulate the setting up of driving schools as well as issuance of driver’s licenses.
It is only after the approval and confirmation of the above that you will now be charged the free for the registration of your new driving school.
3. Secure an Appropriate Location for Your Driving School
The beauty of a driving school is that you do not necessarily have to secure a very big space to start off with. However if you have the required funds, you can rent a suitable space, and furnish it with all the equipment required such as table, chairs, writing boards, road signs and even computers where you will run your driving simulator software.
In any case where you do not have the required fund to rent a place you can even start from the comfort of your home. You can also up it by offering home training services to your clients. Being that driving is best taught on a one on one basis, most clients would not mind taking lessons in the comfort of their homes. What’s more?…. You can even charge higher for it.
4. Secure a Driving School Training Vehicle
This is probably going to be the single most costly item in setting up your driving school. However it is quite flexible according to the amount of cash you have at hand. Since the vehicle is strictly for training purpose, you do not need to purchase a fancy one. All you need is a vehicle that is easy to operate.
If you can afford more than one, ensure that you have both manual and automatic transmission, but if you can only afford one, stick to manual transmission because it is much easier for a student who has been taught how to drive a manual vehicle to adapt to an automatic one.
If you have the funds, you can purchase a purpose built training vehicle with dual controls, where the instructor can easily take over control of the vehicle from the student. This type is more preferable, but they cost more.
In considering the type of vehicle to buy for your school, simplicity is of utmost importance because you might be dealing with some students who have to learn about a motor vehicle operation from scratch.
After putting all the necessary things as listed above in place, you are now ready to set off with your driving school. I will close this article with some useful business tips on how to make your driving school to run as a profitable venture.
5. Embark on Strong Advertising Campaign
There are countless number if people out there that will be in need of your services because people will always want to become drivers. It is your responsibility to let these potential clients know that you can render the service.
Leverage on your social media as well as print media, print and distribute flyers and just generally spread the word to all and sundry to make them aware of your driving school.
6. Give Your Students A Good Experience
This sort of business is one that thrives a lot on referrals. If you focus on giving your students a good training experience, they are bound to spread the word on your behalf.
Simple things like keeping to time, offering light refreshments and just generally being nice to your students can go a long way.
7. Make Your Teaching Hours Flexible
As much as you can, try to be willing to bend your teaching hours. This will enable to you be able to attend to more students in a short period of time. It is most likely that you will encounter some working class students who will not have the time to attend classes during “normal” hours. You should be able to program your teaching schedule to suit these ones.
8. Maintain A High Standard
There are many other driving schools out there, but one sure way of ensuring that you stand out from the crowd is by maintaining a good standard. Do not for any reason bring down the standard of your training.
Now that you know how to start a driving school in Nigeria, I would encourage you not to allow your passion for better driving and safer roads to die out. Waste no time and begin to work on the necessary steps for setting one up.
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