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#1 11-06-07 07:53:55

James B
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Start Up Check List

Hi,

I am looking for a bit of info from you guys that are already set up. I am in the process of setting up my own driving school having completed training last month.

I would be very very greatfull if anyone could do a check list of things that you put into place before you started up and also things you wish you had done. I am worried i may forget some thing. The obvious one is to get a car big_smile but what else needs to be done????

any info would be great

thanks

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#2 11-06-07 13:56:33

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Re: Start Up Check List

Car with duals and suitable insurance.
Interior and Exterior mirrors.
Breakdown cover.
Roofbox or other car livery.
Decent Lesson Plans.
Copies of test routes.
Progress records / appointment cards.
Terms and Conditions for your pupils.
Mobile Phone.
Website.
Advert In Local Publications / Posters outside sixth forms and colleges.
Notify Inland revenue within 12 weeks of trading that you are now self employed.

That should probably do you for starters. Anything else anyone?

Ed

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#3 11-06-07 16:05:33

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Re: Start Up Check List

A few notes on questions to ask people who phone up (try to get them chatting before you launch into these!), otherwise you may forget to ask them to bring their licence/specs/brain!

A good, professional and welcoming answerphone message for those times you aren't available, that encourages them to leave a message.

Some kind of accounts/mileage system.

A good diary.

Sort out your NI contributions.

Business cards

I'm sure there'll be more suggestions though - and this is only in addition to ed's list.

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#4 11-06-07 16:34:56

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Re: Start Up Check List

As mentioned, use the local publifications (newspapers) e-mail/call them and tell them your a new business...tell them as much about yourself as possible, be really positive and they'll usually put a good article in for you!

Website needs to be damn good!  Although I do not get any work throught the website, all my pupils say they have visited it, or looked before calling!  Its a good source of inforamation for them! Personally I did it myself, but it is not easy!

All the stuff suggested above....and good car mats!  lol  and car polish, and some "strategic parking" outside sixth forms etc.... with headboard etc..... just park up and go for a coffee, or walk home and do some other stuff!  works treats!


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#5 11-06-07 17:34:45

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Re: Start Up Check List

Visit your test centres. ( if you have more than one like myself ).

See if they have toilets, are there any notices about parking, have a look at where other instructors park. Find local toilets, or options you may need for that last minute dash even if its behind a tree. ( oh yes in this day and age ).

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#6 11-06-07 17:55:37

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Re: Start Up Check List

An accountant that is local ( and reasonably cheap ) who you can pop in and have achat with.

Also, insurance against investigation of accounts by IR.

Don't forget to tell them, either, btw. They need to know when your business starts up so the tax can be calculated.

Some people like to pop in and chat with the tax office, too.

Rather than getting a business a/c at the bank, just start with a number two IPCA which will cost you nothing - unless you intend taking credit cards, in which case you will need to get a business a/c.

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#7 12-06-07 14:39:09

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Cheers Guys,

Thats all a great help!!!

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#8 29-06-07 17:54:57

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Re: Start Up Check List

Hi

A great thread, one question though..

Someone mentioned doing "Terms & Conditions for your pupils"...where do you get the wording for this document?

Lou

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#9 01-07-07 23:48:00

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Re: Start Up Check List

Ideas for ADI's do a version , as do the MSA and the DIA. I have the DIA version and they are backed up by solictors as well.

LInk to Ideas for ADI's

http://www.ideas4adis.co.uk/terms.php


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#10 07-07-07 22:33:26

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Re: Start Up Check List

what sort of info is required within the T&C?

I realise you need to have something related to call offs/cancellations etc, so you can charge part or all the fee depending on how the you were informed, but what else "has" to be in it?


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#11 08-07-07 06:05:05

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Re: Start Up Check List

What you expect from the pupil, what the pupil can expect from you.

For example
You expect the pupil to pay, the pupil expects you to to charge what you agrre with them

The pupil expects to use the car for the test, you reserve the right to refuse the use of the car for test if in your opinion the candidate is not test ready, or the test has been arranged without your knowledge.

The pupil expects a properly serviced and insured car.

You reserve the right to change the vehicle

And the list goes on ...........................

I am sure others will add to it   


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#12 12-07-07 15:25:38

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