I spend a lot of my time talking to people about how they can make a career out of what they love. Whether it’s motorsport, selling gorgeous cars, creating a fashion brand aimed at petrol heads, or something else entirely. It’s absolutely possible to make money in this industry so whether you’re looking for a full-time income or just want a side-hustle, here are some ideas.
Get a franchise
For as little as £12,000 investment, you could own a franchise of a well-known brand in the UK. If you’ve got some start-up capital and want to hit the ground running, this is a good way to start. Take a look at Point Franchise for a full list of what automotive franchises are available.
Buy and sell cars
If you have a bit of knowledge about cars, you could make a little money buying and selling them. Start by looking for bargains on eBay and at local auctions. More often than not, you can find a decent car that just needs a little bit of TLC before being sold on. This is a good way to make a couple of hundred pounds of profit, maybe more.
If you have the skills to fix and tidy up a slightly more battered car then there could be even more profit in it for you.
Write about cars
There is money to be made as an automotive journalist so if you don’t already have experience as a writer, start now. Write about the cars you’ve driven, write about friends cars, write about road trips, write about car gadgets, write about mods, write about club motorsport. Find what you love and put pen to paper.
If motorsport is your jam, consider the Racing Mentor motorsport journalism course, which will teach you everything you need to know about making money in that industry.
Become a motorsport PR
If you have PR and marketing skills, consider a move into the motorsport or automotive industries. When I started to get into motorsport, it made sense to use my PR skills to carve a niche for myself in this area. It’s a rewarding job that could see you change the careers of drivers you love.
I’m actually working on a course that teaches people to become motorsport PRs. Watch this space.
Start a career as a driving instructor
Whether you work with a reputable company or set up on your own, this is a great way to shape the future of driving. If you’re in the UK, use this tool to check if you’re eligible.
To find opportunities, training and advice, simply search for ‘how to become a driving instructor’.
Look for driving work
If you have a van or a large car, you could offer yourself out for all sorts of driving jobs. From helping people move house to making deliveries. Look on sites such as Gumtree and Craigslist for odd jobs or look on the big job boards such as Indeed for something more long term.
If you’re in a city with ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, you should consider this too as you can set your own hours to earn some money alongside your day job.
For those of you with classic cars, you could even start chauffeuring people to weddings and events through BookAclassic.
Become more than a racing driver
If you’re already racing, you’d be surprised how much money you can make just by letting businesses tap into your audience. This is slightly different to traditional sponsorship and focuses on the role of a racing driver as an influencer and brand ambassador.
Start researching what it takes to become an influencer in your niche. You might have to build your social followings considerably before you make life-changing amounts of money but any extra income is a good start.
Start a car blog
I started blogging in 2009, way before there was tons of information out there on how to be a blogger. When I was working on my blogs regularly, I was easily making four figures a month. Now, as a more relaxed blogger, I make a few hundred pounds from my blogs.
If you want to write about cars, set up your own blog. If you need some advice on how to monetise it, check out this short blogging course.
Set up that business
There’s so much scope for setting up an automotive business beyond what I’ve outlined above. You could create a lifestyle brand selling clothing aimed at petrolheads, you could start a coaching racing drivers on their precision driving, you could create a tech company aimed at dealers…
If you’ve had an idea for a business or side hustle, take the next steps now. Stop waiting.