Right, so I'm a driving instructor. Aww yeah. I'm self-employed leasing a franchise off a company, so I pay for the hire of the vehicle and business, meaning I'm self-employed but I have a company car and job security. Its not a massive school I work for, so we all know the 'boss' and get on well with him.
Today 'boss' took me out to do some training with a potential instructor. This guy only wants to start off working weekends, the problem is, he's only got a 24% chance of passing once he becomes a trainee. The problem is with hiring trainees is there's a financial risk in buying them a company car, because if they fail you've got a ten grand vehicle with nobody to drive it. I don't work weekends. Well I have the past few weeks because I've been training during the week for my part three - if I do 7 day weeks I may as well take my training days during the week. Now, weekends are for climbing, but I avoid taking the company car out on such excursions because I don't like getting it muddy.
So, this new guy, I've offered to take him under my wing. There's a 46% chance of him getting through his next test and starting work, but if he does, I'll 'buddy up' with him - its a lonely job. To save the boss a 10k financial gamble, I've offered to 'share' my company car for a reduced franchise fee. Reducing my fees will effectively make me more money. The boss is grooming me to run part of the business, its no secret, and this would be a good 'test' to see if I can handle looking after a trainee.
We've also had someone retire, handed in his notice today. He was only part time. Thing is, he was doing automatics and I'm doing manual, so we've got 10 pupils with no instructor, but a spare automatic. I've suggested, seeing as I've just re-claimed my weekends, giving them back up to 'hold' this franchise until someone else comes along to take over it.
That will also get me practice teaching automatics, and messing about with complicated franchising which is all good practice for my next move, they're sending me 100 miles away to start up a chapter of the business - latest is he's hired someone to look at the demographics (teenager to instructor ratio in the city).
And I'm 24, more piercings that GCSEs and I watch cartoons.