How to keep rolling at an affordable rate.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Edjahman, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Edjahman

    Edjahman Medium Load Member

    Apr 2, 2013
    I've had my own authority since 6/20.
    I've done fairly well with brokers, convoy, uber, and some other resources.

    The problem that I keep running into is sitting for too long. I've had some success with booking ahead of time but it doesn't always work out.

    I'm trying to work more but it's difficult to run continously at an acceptable rate.

    Do I have the wrong mindset of run run run from my many years as a company driver?

    I just run dry van freight for now but I have tons of experience with all sorts of equipment, so maybe I bought the wrong trailer.

    I live in Texas but I prefer running west end southwest. Should I switch regions? How do you decide to choose which lanes to run in?

    Also, this is my first winter as an independent. My buddy said January is just weird and we also have the covid thing.
    It doesn't look so wonderful at the moment from what I can see.

    Thank you
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    It is kind of weird at this time of year, that’s why I just took a week off and went over truck and trailer.

    Sometimes brokers won’t give, that’s when you gotta stand firm, but sometimes you’ll have to take a decent one to get you out to a better place, but I won’t do it for free, some do it to cover fuel.

    You’ll have to have your numbers and stick with a minimum that won’t go any lower than, and stick to it, I do pay by ton, I run out for no less than $35/ton, back home I may drop it to 28/ton if it will take me home and there is absolutely nothing.
    But I aim for making $700/day minimum while out on road
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  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    I think in most areas the wintertime things are slow.

    If you run load board Freight as far as staying busy you need to watch the load board like a hawk. You need to pounce on loads as fast as you can and maybe it will take you all day to find that load. Sometimes it can be quite an adventure. Here's a good read for you:

    Dino's day of Adventure - want to be an owner operator?

    If I did not link it correctly just search it in the search bar.
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  5. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

    Apr 12, 2016
    CA to TX mast have paid good for the last few months. It paid good anywhere. It is an easy ride too. That's very easy to get accustomed to so when they stop to pay that well, things look sad.
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  6. abyliks

    abyliks Heavy Load Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    Need to look at money not miles, with my reefer I shoot for 4-5k a week sometimes more and usually do ~1200 miles, leave Monday mid morning (except for today because I was off last week to put injectors in the truck) and am parked by noon Friday, really only have to spend 2 nights in the truck but my gf also drives so sometimes I just stay out the 3-4 depending on where I am and what she has going on, I can sit at home if I’m not working, I would think tx is dead this time of year due to the snow birds but you might want to start looking at other lanes
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  7. Edjahman

    Edjahman Medium Load Member

    Apr 2, 2013
    Thank you, everyone for the tips
  8. mitmaks

    mitmaks Road Train Member

    May 16, 2014
    Maybe hire someone to dispatch you. No way you can look at load board while going down the freeway. Even if you pay a GOOD dispatch several hundred bucks it will be worth it to keep you going as much as clock allows imo.
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  9. shanman

    shanman Light Load Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Silverton, OR
    Mitmaks is spot on hire a dispatcher. Worth the money to stay loaded. I pay my retired aunt to dispatch a few trucks for me. She loves it gives her something to do. My trucks never sit drivers are always home on weekends.
  10. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    On thin ice
    Ahh someone that runs less miles than us Lol. We keep it round 1400-1500
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