Dispatching worth it? Advice please..

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by redlane, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. redlane

    redlane Bobtail Member

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    My dad is a o/o , leased under a carrier.. we own 2 trucks and we tried hiring a driver for the second truck but the profit is not too good because of the expenses plus finding a good driver... if we were to get our own authority and I could find the loads and get other o/o, will it be worth it? I know that the carrier make good money for just finding the loads for him. (They charge 13%)
     
  2. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    Sure you could do good. Although once you go to hire an owner op you may change your mind on that 13% depending on what the deduction schedule looks like.

    In fact you guys may be in a unique position to capitalize since your able to focus on booking. However, never in a million years would I do business with family again.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    What expense is there to find a good driver?

    The carrier is t charging him 13%, they are paying him 13% less than the gross for the load.
     
  4. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Medium Load Member

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    To pay a full time dispatcher you need at least 5 trucks unless dispatcher works part time.

    Things to consider:

    A new authority is hard to get loads from some brokers and you won’t start off with the best contacts.

    Yeah you won’t have to pay the 13% but with fewer trucks you may not get a insurance discount, fuel discount, and your expenses will go up with load board and factoring fees, plates, IFTA, mandatory drug program, etc.
     
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