HELP! is it worth going O/O in California

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Edgar1980, May 28, 2024.

  1. wifi_guru

    wifi_guru Medium Load Member

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    please let us all in on how going owner op is less hours than being a company driver??? do you even have any business mgnt skills a business takes up most of your time no matter what it is!!! if you want passive income then id'e look into real estate with a #### good property mgnt company!!! and even then you still need to be on your toes or you could get sued!!!
     
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  3. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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    I Agree with @Ruthless this post deserves a pin someplace VERY Visible.
     
  4. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    Unless you're O/O and can deal with these rates you are always at the mercy of some office as*hat.
    We all, company and independent, deal w the same day in day out crapola.
    I personally find it easier to work for a large private carrier while towing the company line on operational discipline, safety etc.

    If you don't like your situation or lot in life then change it.

    But no one can guarantee a better fit or income by running your own truck..
    A business plan is your friend.
     
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  5. wifi_guru

    wifi_guru Medium Load Member

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    right now there's to many drivers out there and not enough freight. when covid hit and they seen the lanes were paying pretty good everybody and there brother got there CDL.
     
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  6. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    I’d probably look into moving out of CA to AZ or NV and then I’d be looking for a company to lease to that does specialized freight like food grade pneumatic or something like that.

    Late 2018 I was looking to buy a truck again and this site was doom and gloom. Same as it is now. But I had a place to go with my truck that wasn’t general freight. If I would’ve listened to everyone here I never would’ve bought a truck again.

    I guess it depends on your connections. I don’t think I’d dip my toe into van or reefer without some seriously decent freight lined up, I definitely wouldn’t consider the spot market at this time. But being in CA limits your options because you can’t really lease to a carrier with decent freight.
     
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  7. BoostedTeg

    BoostedTeg Road Train Member

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    Ever since 2008 when I entered the industry I have been hearing that it’s not a good time to get in. Yet all the people that kept telling me it’s bad are still doing it. If it’s so bad then the only truck that need to be seen on the roads are the big giant Megas.
     
  8. FloridaRetired

    FloridaRetired Light Load Member

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    You nailed it.
     
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  9. wifi_guru

    wifi_guru Medium Load Member

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    And haven't these stories been flying around since deregulation
     
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  10. NorthEastTrucker

    NorthEastTrucker Medium Load Member

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    You have a very valid point which is why I became a O/o in 2022 previously with 28 years of experience I believed the same thing regarding people just trying to discourage me towards doing better as for earning more as a profit compared to just being a truck driver alone Even though I ran the numbers for 4 years including joining the forum. My tining was way off. For me its my retirement plan becase I failed more than 20 years ago the 1st trying and the market was better in late the 90's then.

    Now its a matter if riding this Freight market storm. Anyone willing to take a chance by sll means go ahead. Howver, in my previous post of videos speaks reality. If you can stay above water through this, then hopefully when things get better you will definitely be good.
     
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  11. Kenworth6969

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