Hotshot O/O looking for advice on making a change

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  1. Hotshot5500

    Hotshot5500 Bobtail Member

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    Afternoon and thanks for any help here.

    This year I bought a Ram 5500 and have been doing long hauls for a carrier. The money is pretty good when I'm moving but I've had A LOT of issues with the trailer they've leased me which has costed a lot of my time, and built some tension and unprofessional-ism from their part and have made it extremely frustrating and miserable.
    Ideally I was going to look for something more local/regional at the end of the year but with all the issues it might be a good time to make a change. Aside from all the issues with the current carrier, I want to be home more, at least several nights a week, so something local or regional seems a better fit.
    I'm based in Salt Lake City and haven't had any luck finding a company, all of them seem to be looking for semi's. I'm not quite financially ready to be able to make a transition to a bigger truck.
    Anybody able to point me in the right direction or have any reccomendations?
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Buy your own trailer.
     
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  4. Hotshot5500

    Hotshot5500 Bobtail Member

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    I've thought about that, but how is that going to help me find something local or regional? I haven't found anything so far that would work even if I had my own trailer.
     
  5. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    Open your own company with your own numbers and be your own boss.
     
  6. Hotshot5500

    Hotshot5500 Bobtail Member

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    That's in the cards for the future but for now I'm seeking advice in finding a local or regional company to work with.
     
  7. Lite bug

    Lite bug Heavy Load Member

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    A new trailer is in your cards anyway you go. Do they have their own freight? Do they have long term relationships with brokers? How long have they been in business? Lastly what kind of freight do they have?
     
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  8. baerpath

    baerpath Bobtail Member

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    Finding a local gig isn't hard, I started out hauling for company and made contacts and saw what could be done better Bought a hyd dove tail to move equipment and started part time for first yr. 3rd yr now just bought another hyd dove trailer and another truck for me and wife drives the older setup part time when I can't keep up
    I don't run every day but all I need is a couple grand a week and I'm happy
    Another thing is stay out of debt as best as you can.
     
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  9. Lite bug

    Lite bug Heavy Load Member

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    Yes Sir
     
  10. Hotshot5500

    Hotshot5500 Bobtail Member

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    Ok, so I buy my own trailer. I've been looking into doing that and I should have the means to do so in the very near future.
    Then what? I haven't had any success so far finding local opportunities, everything seems to want a semi. Not in that position yet.
    If you were me where would you search? What else would you do?
     
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  11. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    Try searching on facebook hotshot groups
     
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