Interested in small truck driving business ideas? If YES, here is how to start a truck driving school business with no money and no experience. How much does it cost to start up?
How to Start a Truck Driving School Business
Are you ready to start a career in the trucking industry? Do you have what it takes to start a truck driving school in your city? Truck driving schools are designed to help students learn how to drive and obtain their own Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
A Class A Commercial Driver’s License is what is needed for truck drivers to be allowed to drive on the highway, and no truck driver can get it without attending a truck driving school.
It is also no more news that truck driving is one job opportunity available anywhere around the world for anyone who wants to drive a truck, and this is a good reason why starting a truck driving school is a good idea.
This post is for any entrepreneur who is thinking of starting a truck driving school. I want you to pay attention to this post before you begin your venture so you don’t get unaware.
What Is Needed to Start a Truck Driving School
- To start a truck driving school, you will need to be accredited or certified by your state. There are some permits and licenses you will need to get approved.
- Good years of experience in truck driving and teaching others will also be of great advantage to your approval.
- Capital and hard work.
So, if you have years of experience in truck driving and you want to turn your experience and knowledge into money by starting a truck driving school, here are 5 steps to take to start a truck driving school anywhere in the world.
Step 1: Conduct a Research
Because you have lots of years of experience does not mean you should just go ahead drawing a plan for the launch of a truck driving school.
There are some details that you must find out about the business before launching. Remember, you are not just planning to run just any business but a school business.
Conduct an analysis of different truck driving school, check out how much they charge their students, their curriculum, what makes them special and other things.
Never ignore competitors.
You have to check if the market is large enough to welcome another truck driving school. If you discover it is not, it is better you don’t waste your hard earned money and struggle all through the business until you will get tired and eventually sell it.
If possible, you can talk to truck driving school owners and see if they can share some pieces of advice with you. Some will be able to share as far you won’t be like a treat to him or her when you launch.
Step 2: You Need A Business Plan
Have you created one? By now, you should know that you can’t go far with a business without a business plan. A business plan will be able to state how you will manage your business, marketing methods, how you plan to generate capital, competitive advantage, your charges, vision and mission of the business, curriculum etc.
Just keep your business plan simple if you know that you won’t be using it to get investors to fund your business. If you have no idea of how to go about it, consult a business consultant.
Step 3: Choose a Name and Get It Registered
You will have to choose a name for your truck driving school and get it registered based on any business structure that comes to your mind.
After registering your business name, you should apply for a tax identification number by visiting the Internal Revenue Service in your state. When you register your truck driving school, it will be noted that you now have a business recognized by the government.
Step 4: Obtain Accreditation from the Government
You can’t launch your truck driving school without an accreditation from the government in your state. This goes for all driving schools whether truck driving or car driving.
Visit your state office responsible for this and ask for the requirements. The basic requirement popularly known to me is that you must complete an instructor training course.
Also, your curriculum, training facilities, the location will have to be inspected before you can still get approval from the state. This means you will have to get these ready before going for accreditation. Approval is normally granted when they are satisfied with the requirement and application.
Step 5: Promote the Business
Start enrolling student and begin to promote your truck driving school. The best way to do this is via television, radio and through a newspaper. Having a website and engaging potential students is also a marketing strategy.
Also, never underestimate the power of social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in promoting your business. They work like magic if done right.
Another way to promote your business is by partnering with trucking companies. This way any of their driver not having a CDL, will be sent to your school to obtain theirs through your truck driving programs.