Hiring my first driver for a contract job

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by GDR1187, Jun 12, 2024.

  1. GDR1187

    GDR1187 Bobtail Member

    Oct 10, 2023
    I have a sub contract opportunity with a company who pays $800 a day (LOCAL) for delivery and installment for appliances from LOWES. They require you to sign on as an independent contractor, and for you to have your own truck and insurance.

    This is my first time ever doing something like this with this size truck, I'm mainly in the medical courier space which is different. I just want to make sure all of my ducks are in a row. Can someone tell me if I'm on the right track?

    I plan to hire two drivers/installment techs, and I will make sure I do all of the hiring onboarding stuff and I will have to add them to my commercial insurance.

    What I have so far:
    26ft Box Truck
    Commercial Insurance
    Dot Card
    Business Insurance

    I haven't really told the manager that I will be subbing it out, although they told me that I am welcome to do so.

    Am I missing something?
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  3. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    New Hampshire
    I think you’re good. If something else comes up you’ll find it out lol.
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  4. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    Your box truck have a lift gate?

    I used to drive and install high end appliances (sub-zero, Wolf, Viking etc)

    At first glance $800 per day for a truck and two installers isn’t nearly enough.
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  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    Right on the head.

    wait till he realizes why the previous company stopped doing it or why it went out of business.

    To the op get the contract directly from Lowe’s.
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    You'll have to (most of the time) remove the old appliance first before you install the new one. That means jockeying around in your 26' truck old and new appliances. You'll do mostly stoves/fridges/washing machine and dryers. All are wrapped for shipment too. More dunnage to work around. Can't go home till all is delivered. 99% of customers haven't done ANYTHING to prepare for the delivery. Like, unplug or move the old equipment out of the way. $800 diveded by 10 deliveries equals $80 pay per delivery. 2 grunts at $25/hr eats up a lot of your Lowes pay. Haven't even figured truck expense. However, mileage on the truck will remain low, depending on how far the customer lives. There's a reason Lowes contracts out this service. Just my opinion.....
  7. The one california kid

    The one california kid Medium Load Member

    Oct 31, 2023
    Ugh refrigerators! Had to tailgate two of them in a 53' that was up in the nose to a little store in wv that didn't have a dock. No help and deliver thru front door. Those two fridges gave me a high hernia, I found out later. What fun that wasn't!
  8. Lazer

    Lazer Road Train Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Is Lowe’s furnishing the fuel?
    What is your plan to cover sick days, vacation days? Workers Comp.? Health Insurance for employees?
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  9. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    2 men to remove old appliance , Deliver AND install new appliance for $800 a day ?

    how many hours does the $800 buy ?
    Overtime ?
    How many deliveries ?

    who schedules and dispatches the deliveries ?

    no way you’re gonna be able to remove and install 8 new washers or dryers or dishwashers in one day .
  10. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    And who is going to be spending how many hours loading the truck with the new appliances each day ?

    your two guys ?

    if the $800 a day was a good contract the previous people who were doing it wouldn’t have Stopped doing it
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  11. PureLeafTea

    PureLeafTea Light Load Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    How Lowe’s works is someone like Estes or whomever got the contract. They manage it. They get 2k a day. They then hire box truck guy as an O/O independent for that $800 a day.

    I was in my Lowe’s one day heard the whole conversation when logistics rep guy was in there. Not trying to crap on your parade. Hopefully it works out.
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