Tony Jessop decided to re-train as a driving instructor after being threatened with redundancy in 2019.
Setting up a business is tougher than you think
“When my job was under threat of redundancy I decided to look elsewhere for employment. I saw an opportunity to train as a driving instructor and so paid for a course thinking it would be quick and easy. I quickly learned that it wasn’t.
“You see, it’s not just about going on a course – there are examinations to study for and pass as well as driving tests to take. And that’s just the easy part – you then have to think about setting up, funding and establishing a reputation for the new business.
Hard work and perseverance
“I went to my local council in Gosport and asked for advice and support for new businesses. That’s when I found out about Create.
“I want to be totally in control of my own development, have flexible working hours and long holidays. I believe that with a lot of hard work and perseverance it’s achievable.
“Fitting in my training and building up the business in my spare time has been a real challenge. There’re not enough hours in the day.
“However, getting my first two learners through their driving tests, and getting my required licences has been a huge achievement.
“At the moment I’m working all of the day to get fully established. But money is starting to come in. I’m looking forward to going part-time initially before finally becoming self-employed.”
Find out more about Tony’s Driving School
Website – www.tonysdrivingschool.co.uk/