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  1. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    Not sure if this is in the right thread, but if you're looking for something different, give Spirit Miller driveway a shot. They only require a Class B license, as most of the trucks they deliver require this. 90% of what they deliver is brand new, so driving a new truck is quite common, which is nice. They only do one truck at a time, so there is no decking or piggy backing. You work as much as you want, whether that be for two months straight, or less than a week. It's all up to you. There is also no forced dispatch, as you are a 1099 contractor. They pay for you to your truck and when you want to go home. As long as you give them a few days notice, wherever you end up on your last trip, they will fly you home, or get you a rental car, whichever makes more sense, at no cost to you. While on the road all expenses are paid, except for your food. Another great benefit is you stay in a hotel every night as the trucks you deliver have no sleeper. As far as paying for hotels nightly, you have two options. You can pay out of pocket and get reimbursed, or you have a daily advance you can get to pay for a room. I worked out of the Spirit Miller Northeast branch, which I believe pays differently than the main office, so that is all I know in regards to pay. While driving the vehicle you get paid .35 a mile. While in a rental car en route to next truck you get paid .20 a mile. You also get .20 per mile if you have to take an Uber, Lyft or a taxi. You do fly quite a bit, but while flying there is no compensation, which I don't agree with, but that's how they do it. The per mile rate is a little low, but you are not driving a tractor trailer, which is why they don't pay as much. Every year your per mile rate goes up as well. You get paid 48-72 hours after every trip, which balances out to being paid at least weekly, sometimes twice a week. There is a bit more paperwork than traditional truck driving, including taking pictures of the trucks you deliver, but it's no big deal. You will use your phone a lot, for everything you do, so a decent smartphone is needed. After a few trips you will understand the paperwork and how they want it done. While working for them I was never pressured to hurry. They usually tell you up front if there is a "deadline" on the truck and ask if you can make it happen, but usually there is no deadline. They only ask you work within your hours and get the job done, as should be normal. Some trips are 100 miles, some are 3,000 miles and it varies with every trip. For extremely short trips, there is a $150 minimum guarantee. I've had days where I had two short trips in a day and on to the next truck, making well over $300 that day. It's all luck of the draw. There are other ways to make additional money during trips, but it depends on what the customer requests. Oh, for the most part there are no shipping/receiving hours for most of the customers. I've picked up trucks at 10p and dropped off trucks at 10p, it usually does not matter, which is nice. That's all I can think of for now. If you have any questions, just ask me and hopefully I can answer them. Again, I worked for the Spirit Miller Northeast division, so all this applies to them specifically. I don't know how the main branch operates. So, if you're looking to get out of a tractor trailer and take it easy for a bit, this might be something for you to look into. I enjoyed my time there.
     
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  3. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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  4. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    I found a local job that was worth sticking around for. Living in Central Florida that's sometimes hard to do, but I finally found one.

     
  5. TB John

    TB John Company Shill of BYOB & CBD

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    While you worked for them, did you also work for another drive away company?
     
  6. Haystak88

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    No, sir. There was no need to. They have more trips than they can handle. For instance, every time I was on home time and called to let them know I was ready to go, they flew me out within a few hours as they always have trips ready to go. I never even had an hour of downtime as everything is planned ahead of time to keep everyone running.

     
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  7. Hottub

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    Did you live in Florida when you worked for Spirit Miller? What was annual income ?
     
  8. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    Yes, I did live in Florida while working for them. There isn't a ton of vehicles being delivered here, but I did have a few. I took a lot of time off while with them, because it's available if you want it. If you run hard you can make 60K a year I would say. If you take it easy like I did, you would make around 40K. Again, your definition of running hard and mine are probably different, as it is for everyone.

     
  9. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    I thought of something I wanted to share with you all about working for the. Most of their drivers are retirees and/or part time guys. If you're interested in working for them, try them out. You don't have to work full time for them as you can work how much YOU want. Try it out, if you like it, stay. If you don't, either quit or work for them occasionally. You literally can do a quick trip or two and go home. It's literally the easiest job to "test out" to see if you like it.
     
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  10. JohnBoy

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    I was wondering if they hire out of South Florida? I’m retiring at the end of the year, and this sounds like a nice retiree job, if not, then I’ll be home working on the honey do list and listening to the wife.
     
  11. Haystak88

    Haystak88 Light Load Member

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    Yes sir, they hire no matter where you live. In my opinion, this would be a perfect gig for you. Like I said, a lot of their drivers are retired guys looking to work here and there. Go out for a week or two and come home for a month, or however you want to work it. They are really flexible.

     
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