In all my visits to the Lone Star State, I've found the old saying to be true – everything is bigger in Texas. From barbecues and gas stations to the spirit and enthusiasm of the locals, Texas tries to do everything bigger and better, and it's resulted in a two trillion-dollar economy, which, on its own, is bigger than Canada, Russia, and Australia.
Because of this, I've always held that Texas is a frontier brimming with potential if you want to open a school, especially a vocational one. And I'm guessing if you read my blog, you're looking to do just that. But if you need a bit more selling, I'd like to share a few reasons why Texas might be perfect if you're about to open a vocational school.
1. Texas is Bigger, But it's Cheaper
Despite having some of the biggest cities in America, Texas remains a livable place for many people. Houston, for instance, has an incredibly low ratio when comparing house prices to median income. This means that, unlike other big cities, most middle-class families can afford basic needs like shelter and food without breaking the bank.
Aside from this, taxes remain low in the state. The lack of state income tax is one of the main reasons Texas cities like Dallas and Houston remain attractive markets for celebrities looking for houses and free agent athletes looking for a team.
That principle is also true when starting a business, as Texas has historically offered many tax cuts for entrepreneurs.
All this said it's evident that Texas is a viable place to start any business because of its conducive market conditions. You don't need to worry too much about taxes getting in the way of starting your dream school, where to live, and what to eat while you build it.
2. Jobs Are Always Needed
I always say that the nature of vocational schools means that if you want to start one, you have to do it where jobs are in demand. Luckily, in a bustling economy like Texas, that will always be true.
Texas has a middle-of-the-road unemployment rate of 5.6%, around the healthy unemployment rate of 5%. This means there are always jobs that offer stability. The energy, manufacturing, and technology centers also ensure that Texas will generate jobs for decades and decades to come.
As someone who will open a vocational school, this is perfect for you. You know that your graduates will, one way or another, stay in town and help the local economy prosper. To me, that's the most significant sign of a vocational school's success, and it's a sign you'll get by starting one in Texas.
3. More Families Bring That Southern Hospitality
I love Southern food, and judging by the number of families that move to Texas, millions of others do, too! Owing to its strong school districts, Texas has a high rate of children, nuclear families, and migrants, both domestic and international. This means gold for you as someone who wants to start a vocational school.
See, in starting a vocational school, you want to ensure that there’s a wide spread of families with children that will eventually walk all different kinds of life. If you're building a vocational school and offering many different career paths, you want that assurance of a diverse community looking for different directions in life.
In my eyes, that's what a vocational school is all about, and that's what you'll get from the diverse backgrounds of the millions of families in Texas.
How Do You Open a Vocational School in Texas?
As with any school opening, I want to remind you to ensure that you get state authorization and have all the proper resources before starting. Take note of the following:
- Unless you are exempt from licensure or are an out-of-state distance education school, Texas requires a license before you can open a school. You must obtain a certification from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
- If you're planning to teach any program that requires a license to practice the following programs — auctioneer, laser hair removal, limited medical radiologic technologist, medication aide, nurse aide, or vocational nurse — you'll also need to obtain additional certifications from other organizations in addition to the TWC certificate.
- Prepare your documents, financial statements, facilities, equipment, advertising, and knowledge of the state's laws and regulations before you even attempt to build your vocational school.
Deciding where to found your school is arguably the most critical decision you can make. The good news, though, is that Texas is one of the best places you can do it.
Of course, any time you make a big move, like starting a vocational school, you must do a clear and thorough risk and feasibility analysis first. Compare various states and cities, and make sure to conduct your research before reaching a final decision.
If you plan to open a university in the USA and need help, email or call me for a free consultation today.