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#1 08-10-04 18:38:59

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Go Private / Francise???

Obviously this question has been asked 1,000 times - well, here's 1,001..... lol

I'm in Sheffield, currently in training, but already considering what to do when (fingers crossed) I pass.

I'm training with a large school, but haven't signed any agreement for after I pass so I'm open to suggestions.

Currently in Sheffield the AA charge £21 per lesson - does that mean we're over run with schools or is there plenty of work out there??

Are there specialist car dealers out there to approach for a vehicle? How about insurance??

Any help muchly appreciated......... ta!!

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#2 08-10-04 22:17:28

alys
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Re: Go Private / Francise???

Hiya Newby,

I have seen it posted elsewhere that one easy way to check whether your area is "over run" with schools is to check the AA/BSM price for your postcode/s and then compare that to others.  This should give you an idea of the sort of area you are in.

Good luck!

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#3 08-10-04 22:25:35

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

Hi Newby

It probably depends on your financial situation - in the long run you are likely to be financially better off going private. However, in the short term this will not be the case as you will setup costs, some advertising costs, purchase/lease of a car etc. Plus it will take you some time to build-up a decent number of pupils.

A franchise will usually get you a full diary relatively quickly, set you up with all that you need and you'll be earning a living more quickly, albeit whilst paying a, a possibly hefty, franchise fee.

Of course, there is a third way - if you can find a small/medium school that is happy for you to take on your own pupils as well as those supplied, then you'll be able to fill your diary more quickly, whilst you build-up your own pupils. You'll probably still need to finance your own vehicle.

Hope that helps!


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#4 09-10-04 21:39:10

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its a question that i have often asked myself, even promoting the aa franchise i sometimes  think of what it would be like jumping ship and going truly independent..its a close call though..but the financial incentive is not wide enough...see my post "potential earnings of an instructor"

y&b..

#5 12-10-04 09:41:50

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

Part of the reason I will be joining LDC is that they help you to promote yourself alongside the driving school.  Your name and phone number is on the car as well as the LDC name and number.  Also the weekly franchise fee is low - £21.75 a week, and if you supply your own car and pupils that is all you pay.

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#6 12-10-04 13:13:39

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

Don't get me wrong here but i cant see the point of paying a company 21.75 a week if you are finding your own pupils, providing your own car if in the end it will have your own name and number on it? Why not have just your own name and number and use that fee to advertise your own school? I'm not trying to be critical but i don't really understand what you get out of it? :?:

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#7 12-10-04 14:27:56

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its up to you  do what you think is right

#8 13-10-04 09:19:13

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

adi

I like the idea of having the back up behind me - advertising, accountancy, cpd etc etc, especially when I start up.  I will review the situation once I get going.  That is one of the advantages of the industry, you can choose to work in a variety of different ways - it is up to you.

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#9 13-10-04 11:48:30

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Don't get me wrong Alys i'm not having a pop at you, it's just that it seems on the face of it that you are already independent if your finding your own pupils, in a car supplied by yourself. It's a shame to lose future business to LDC if your driving around with their logo's and your paying them too. From your second post i get the impression though that you are newly qualified which is fair enough and yes it is good to have others give you back up until you find your way.

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#10 13-10-04 11:56:49

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never understand why adis go on a franchise its a self employed proffesion so if you want back up get a proper job this job is not all what its craked out to be

#11 13-10-04 13:25:20

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

adi,

I didn't think that you were "taking a pop".  I just wanted to explain further.  I am not even newly qualified yet - I am still training!

Lee,

I don't know whether you were serious or just on another wind up but when you move from a full time, fully supported job to a self employed one it is nice to have some back up along the way - if I had to go straight "cold turkey" I probably wouldn't.

I am aware of the costs and that I can save money by getting my own car and going it alone but at first I would like to try with a safety net.

Alys big_smile


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#12 13-10-04 13:34:18

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its up to you what you do but there is hell of alot of new adis who come into this buisnes with there eyes shut and thinking they are going to make alot of money but they just end up being taken advantage off . but hey its up to you just hope it doesent end it tears.ps ive seen it and herd it all before. just go for it if you are good you will do very well if not we lets say anything can happen


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#13 14-10-04 17:56:19

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Re: Go Private / Francise???

I know exactly what Alys means, I'm in the same position- doing part 1 with LDC, its a scary thought that if you "go it alone" you have no back up -if you take the frachise way they generate some of the pupils while you generate some on your own, to me it seems the perfect solution, you're not tied to the franchise for a set time so if you choose to go  solo the decision is yours.

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#14 14-10-04 18:21:03

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I know what alys means aswell I intend to take up a francise or even work for another instructor for a while at least so I get to know the running and how everything works in as much detail as i can before going it alone that way I gain experience enough to feel as secure as I can in a self employed profesion.
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