Getting authority yourself or through company?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Owner's Operator, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Owner's Operator

    Owner's Operator Medium Load Member

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    I was wondering if it's worth to pay the $500 or so to these "we get you your authority" companies or is it better to go about applying for it yourself?

    I am thinking about getting my own authority and my biggest fear is not being able to find loads off of the load boards. Is this a valid concern or am just being paraniod?

    Plus do brokers have issues with giving loads to O/Os with freshly minted authority even if you meet all the requirements like insurance and so forth? Thanks a lot any input would help me out alot.
     
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  3. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

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    plenty of loads. just non you can afford to run
     
  4. Owner's Operator

    Owner's Operator Medium Load Member

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    What about from "mainline" brokers like CH Robinson.

    How well does west coast produce pay now?
     
  5. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    :biggrin_25525:You can deal direct with the feds to get your authority and save the vendor fees. It can be a slight hassle, but is do-able on your own. Be #### sure you get $1 million insurance coverage. Feds only require $750,000, but you need $1 mil to haul loads.
     
  6. SKTBRD

    SKTBRD Bobtail Member

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    Nobody cares how long you've had your authority or how long you've been driving just as long as you have the required insurance and documents.

    You can find plenty of loads for $1.10 per mile off the load boards or sign up with Landstar and have big brother breathing down your neck for $1.10 also.

    No truck payment, no trailer payment and no bills and you will do fine.
     
  7. DoubleDear

    DoubleDear Light Load Member

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    Good Answer SKTBRD! :biggrin_25519:

    I can't see how anyone would want to invest into getting their Authority just to get " CHEAP FREIGHT OFF OF BROKERS" !

    For One Reason, that's not the Advantage of having ones' Authority.


    To Have Ones Own Authority ,is for the purpose of Having The Rights to Be a Carrier for A Shipper!

    Not hauling under a Broker/ and/ or a Trucking Company. That's not the true purpose of obtaining it.
    You're doing Away with the Middleman, having your own Authority.

    And don't let Any Trucking Company tell you otherwise. It'll just be more Money in Their Pocket.
     
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  8. Owner's Operator

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    I found option number three, I am considering scrapping the my own authority idea and signing on with CDN Logistics out of Chicago. They pay up to $1.15 plus $0.12 fuel surcharge.
     
  9. Owner's Operator

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    Ok fair enough, now the question is how do you find direct from shipper freight? What about produce? It's practically possible to get produce out of California without a broker.
     
  10. Big John

    Big John Road Train Member

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    SKTBRD wrote:

    LOL Good one Steve.

    I wished I didn't have any payemts or bills.

    Truck payment, trailer payment, and bills, bills, bills. What am I goign to do.
     
  11. DoubleDear

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    Big John ?

    L O V E Your Picture ! :biggrin_25520: Neat!


    Owner's Operator you can haul produce if you have your own trailer. But right now it's kind of late in the season to get into it..
    To get in, you have to step in at the beginning of the Produce Season.. You do work under a Broker... You really don't need Authority for that. You do but you're Exempt hauling produce. There's normally ONE Broker that takes care of the transportation for a farm or several farms.
    Some Produce Brokers have a few trucks of their own. You can find a Produce Hauler that has the Vented Trailers. You can ask them who are they are hauling for. .. to get your foot in the door. Most of them run top of the line trucks.
    Produce Brokers are a different kind of breed compared to the General Freight brokers. Now I'm talking about the Single Produce broker, not the Large company brokers. There are a few of them around too., but they pay much cheaper.

    As for finding your own shipper? You need to act upon as a "Business Minded Salesperson". You go knocking on doors. :biggrin_25519:
    Many small- medium size businesses would Love and appreciate to have people like You , to be their "dedicated carrier" for them. Believe me, you'll get paid
    Well Over $2.00 a miles too. That's where the moneys at , having your own Authority.
    We had one customer who paid us, over $ 6.00 a mile. They were a medium size company that did underwater Drilling , laying pipes in and around the ocean and lakes. Everytime they got finished with one project, they would call us for another one. We had some that paid $3 something a mile. And the rest of the customers , were over 2.00. We had only three trucks and a few owner operators. We had more customers than trucks., and owned a variety of different trailers, vans, flats/ with side kits, and step decks for different types of shippers. We hauled food products, bird seed, charcoal, produce, plants, construction equipment,signs, products , to drilling equipment.
    The sky's the Limit.

    They're out there Looking and Waiting for You! :biggrin_25519:
     
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