Independent Contractor Delivering New Trucks Boasts Great Pay But Is It Worth It?

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  1. Lil-ly

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    My husband has been looking into a job with a company that would hire him as an independent contractor to deliver brand new trucks to the company purchasing them. We want to know if anyone out there has any thoughts or experience with this sort of work.

    My husband would be responsible for driving the new truck to its destination then need to find his own way home. Sounds a little adventuresome, but is it a descent job and will it realistically bring in good money. If I remember right his pay would be $.72 per mile but as an independent contractor the taxi ride to the airport and the flight home would be his expense etc...
     
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    I dont know how that works.I could see if he had a truck and pulled new ones from place to place and kept his truck.But if he never owned a truck he was driving,I dont understand how some one could be an independant contarctor?I wouldnt be an independant contractor for .72 cents a mile though.
     
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    Just curious, who's the company he will be working for? And, .72 cents sounds kinda low if he has to provide his way to the next assignment. Not to mention fuel etc.
     
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    i've done it both ways---independent and company driver delivering trucks. Money can be made doing it both ways.

    If it's the company i think you are talking about that "he" (my, you are so concerned) is considering contracting to, i feel that "he" would be better off doing this kind of work as a company driver; Same or better money with much less headaches.

    You can pm me if you want or we can continue publicly.
     
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    INDEPENDENT CONT. means he would be responsible for his own taxes as well.
     
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    I'd be curious as to who buys the fuel. I'm close to Elkhart County, Indiana, the "RV capitol of the world". Lots of "IC's" deliver RV's, box trucks, new UPS trucks, etc. I've heard many of them make a decent $ per mile, but they also have to buy the fuel going out, and find their own way back. That's why you might see 4-5 of 'em following each other, with one pulling a tow car.
     
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    The contractor usually pays for fuel. But, in many cases the vehicle has a good amount of fuel---many times a full tank.

    You may ocassionally see people doing this with a tank on their own vehicle---usually in the pickup bed. This way you don't have to buy fuel for weeks sometimes; Any fuel left before you make the delivery, you can take.

    The ones who treat it like a business can make out ok. The ones who treat this like a "job" ,which it isn't, tend not to do so well.
     
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    Sounds like my kind of deal. Since I spent 38 years working for TWA then American Airlines after the buyout I have free space available passes on AA on their system. What kind of trucks are you moving???? Where is the factory where they come from???
    I looked into this a few years ago with a outfit called Elite, and they were only paying .25 for a car and .35 for small trucks. Not worth it, my unemployment was paying better then that.
    We haul concrete pipe on flatbeds and with all this early snow, it looks like it may be a long non working winter. Thats the problem with jobs that are tied to construction.
     
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    Well, one of the companies is called Driveaway USA out of MN. The more we talk it seems that its not going to be worth the hours. It sounds like in order to make good money, he will need to be gone for weeks at a time. One week away is hard enough on us not to mention our 5 yr old.
     
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    Can a Trucker really make a good living and have a family at the same time?

    This Ind. cont. thing seems a little more flexible than his current job, but we just don't know. If anyone has more to say we'd gladly hear it. If there is anyone who has any experience with a company like this or even any recommendations.
     
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