How do I get started as an owner operator?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by dosel, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Washington, PA
    If that’s your pic, you look super young. How are you only working for 3 more years? Just curious.
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  3. SteerTire

    SteerTire Road Train Member

    Nov 5, 2018
    Behind the wheel
    Because he wants to compete against the same people who are flooding BOTH industries. On a more level playing field ;)
  4. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Stuck in Limbo
    Hmm I must of skipped class that day
  5. Freak_On_A_Leash

    Freak_On_A_Leash Bobtail Member

    Dec 17, 2016
    South / Central Indiana
    So say i wanted to get my own truck and lease on with a company under thier authority. Do I need a 2590? Most companies ive found will pay plates and ifta. Also offer insursnce. Really hard to find lease on info info.
  6. adayrider

    adayrider Road Train Member

    May 7, 2018
    Yes, it's paid on the trucks Vin
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  7. Freddy57

    Freddy57 Road Train Member

    Nov 29, 2013
    Mount Vernon, MO
    Hi Dosel, I am an independent trucker, and one thing I can assure you of is that there is no shortage of independent truckers. There is always a shortage of company drivers, low pay and lousy working conditions will ensure that the shortage will continue forever.
    Money in this business is never consistent, one year, like last year, may be a feast, but all those jumping in during the good year always seems to ensure a famine for the next two. The competition is fierce and when you sit and watch your competitors drop the rates by 40% in three days, it can definitely get disheartening. As a new start up, you will face the dilemma of having high fixed cost while your more established competitors will have much lower costs to deal with.
    If you want to jump in, feel free, I know people who have done it with no experience. That said, I seriously doubt that you will be able to net 70K in your first year or two due mostly to the high cost of establishing a trucking business.
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  8. NewHaul2018

    NewHaul2018 Bobtail Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I have to agree. Trucking is a skilled trade like plumbing or construction, but without the formal apprenticeship that those career paths offer. Plumbers work for years as apprentices before being earning their journeymen cards. If you are going to be skilled and proficient in your work you need to put in your time working with those more skilled than you. I’d stay clear of the mega carriers if possible. Unfortunately there aren’t many small carriers that hire inexperienced drivers, but they are out there. Also don’t make the mistake I did and leave your crappy mega carier driving job without putting at least 6 months under your belt. Like you, I came to trucking after being in IT for many years. Trucking isn’t like IT, where you can relocate frequently jumping from project to project and not have it count against you. Trucking companies take note of that sort of thing and will pass you up if they think you’ll jump ship after a few months. I’d suggest doing a whole load of research and networking. Talk to drivers and identify companies where the drivers are happy. Once you find a “passable” 1st company, stick with them for at least a year or more if needed and then venture out into the O/O waters. You’ll be better prepared, and more proficient in your trade, which will give your business a better probability of turning a profit long term.
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