There are many ways to make money with your car, and this one seems to me to be one of the easiest ways. You just need to have a vehicle, find young people who want to get their driver’s license, and offer them practical lessons. Let’s take a look at this in detail.
Do you have a car that is not too old and a valid driver’s license? Then you have everything you need to offer driving lessons. Most of the time, new drivers receive a provisional driver’s license as soon as they pass the theory test. This permit allows them to drive a vehicle but only with an adult to supervise them. So, many driver’s license applicants are looking for people with the time and skills to teach them how to drive a car.
But why don’t they go through the traditional course? The reasons can be multiple: For some, the price of driving school courses is beyond their means, and for others, the waiting time is sometimes too long (3 to 6 months in some cases). They always have the option to ask a family member, but he/she must have time available.
Having a car and a driver’s license is not enough. You must also have certain qualities, not very numerous but essential. Among them:
- Having patience: This is really the most important of all. Your learner driver will inevitably make mistakes, be clumsy, sometimes inattentive, or stressed. If he feels a little irritated or nervous (for example, you yell at him like a piece of shit every time he forgets to put on his turn signal), it will clearly not help him relax and concentrate.
- Staying alert: You will have to be very attentive to everything that happens around you at all times but also be very reactive as soon as a problem arises. But be careful being reactive doesn’t mean that you have to jump on the wheel every time you notice a little late braking, for example. No, being responsive also means having nerves of steel and maintaining some self-control.
- Be didactic: There is a way to teach things, and this way can vary according to each student. So, pay close attention to this point and get to know your learner driver very quickly, so that you can teach him or her optimally. Don’t hesitate to learn how to teach via training, books, or YouTube videos.
And don’t hesitate to review your driving code, especially if you are already a certain age. Things change, and it will be very helpful to not talk nonsense during your lessons.
How to Find Students?
This may be the most difficult task, especially when you are just starting out, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding your first students through the usual channels.
- Classified ads in local newspapers and stores.
- Campaign on social networks.
- Creating a small website and advertising on Google, Bing, and other search engines.
- Word of mouth.
But you could also hand out a few business cards in front of the theory test centers near you, for example.
Two Precious Tips
This activity is highly regulated by law in many countries. It is, therefore, very important to be well informed before starting anything. Don’t forget to inform your insurance company and see if it is possible.
I don’t want to tell you about the “shitstorm” you will have if you decide not to follow this advice and if your apprentice hurts or kills someone, for example (yes, it is an extreme case, but it can happen).
This is an activity that will suit those who have time on their hands and are looking to earn the equivalent of a supplementary salary (or a full salary perhaps?). It requires a lot of patience and concentration, but overall, it’s a pretty quiet little job. But be careful, you are committing to teaching a young person to drive, and that involves some responsibility. Don’t take it lightly.
Environmental and climate change issues are more than ever at the heart of the concerns of this 21st century, which is why I am proposing a few ideas that will enable you to limit the negative impact that the implementation of this idea could have.
These solutions that I suggest are sometimes largely insufficient to compensate for these negative impacts, such as carbon offsetting. Unfortunately, there is not always an ideal and 100% efficient solution, far from it. And if you have others, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.
Of course, the main element that will impact our environment the most will be… the car. I would advise you to do without one, but it could make things very difficult. So, if you don’t have a car yet, choose one that consumes little fuel, opt for electric if possible, and especially teach your students to drive smoothly.
- Quick to set up
- A fairly quiet activity
- Beware of responsibilities
- Can be a bit stressful at times
- Location: Not far from your home.
- Investment: The price of a car if you no longer have one.
- Earnings perspective: The equivalent of a supplementary salary.
- Required: Patience, strong nerves, didactic.
- Risk level: Low if you already have a car.
- Implementation time: Fairly quick.
- Material needed: A vehicle that is not too old and in excellent working condition.