How to make money in trucking....????

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  1. jrsytrucker

    jrsytrucker Bobtail Member

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    so, been at this one year now.drove 6 months for us xpress team left no miles. working another company still living with help of credit cards. Where How When does a truck driver start making money??? I wasnt looking to make a million out here just support my family with a little pride. Being away from home 8 weeks at a time and telling your family no not enough money this week for that, maybe next week. Makes me wonder if I will ever make enough out here to support family and now pay off credit cards as well. I live in central Florida anyone with advice please advize. I dont mind running otr staying out 8-10 wks at a time if making money dont wanna change jobs again just to change jobs. By the way I do run team and stay out 8-10 wks now was told onl;y way to make money out here, just not making enough consistently. One week 1100 next week 200, crazeee...
     
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  3. superpet39

    superpet39 Road Train Member

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    do you have endorsements? Where are you looking (for other jobs) need a lil more info
     
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  4. sharp.dressed.man

    sharp.dressed.man Heavy Load Member

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    Have you considered moving out of Florida?

    Or

    If you know someone in a neighboring state you could use their address and get your CDL transferred to that state. Of course going this route will make home time more of a challenge.
     
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  5. jrsytrucker

    jrsytrucker Bobtail Member

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    I have hazmat and tanker. looking in central florida area.
     
  6. jrsytrucker

    jrsytrucker Bobtail Member

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    Wife would kill just to suggest leaving florida. thats why I drive otr know its hard here.thanks though
     
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  7. landstar8891

    landstar8891 Road Train Member

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    Your 20 years to late for ''great money'' in trucking.I made more money back in the 80's than i do now.Sad but true...

    You living in Florida is not helping at all.The only really good gig is hauling grocery's for that big chain down there.Wages are piss poor in much of Florida.

    If i lived in Florida and could not land a nice paying job,i would buy my own and run for Landstar out of Jacksonville.This off course is IMO.You can do pretty good with Landstar.If you stay out there for a long time like you mentioned,you can make some serious money with Landstar.
     
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  8. Fiddle Sticks

    Fiddle Sticks Light Load Member

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    How much more of a challenge can it get..???!! He is already out 1/6th of the year or more at a time.

    I affirm after much research that residing in Florida is not the most financially beneficial are to live for an OTR trucker.
     
  9. Fiddle Sticks

    Fiddle Sticks Light Load Member

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    I fail to understand how you are not making money as a team driver. You should be getting priority loads going many miles.

    If I could drive team, which I cannot since I cannot sleep in a moving truck, I would get on a FedEx Ground run and clear after taxes $780/week at minimum. It ain't enough to live life in the fast lane, but certainly better than zippo. You would be home every other week at the longest also.
     
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  10. The Challenger

    The Challenger Kinghunter

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    Try Southeastern Freight Lines and all the LTL's. Also, try Knight and Cypress. They hire out of FL and are always looking for drivers. There are jobs for drivers in FL, you just have to look. Also try Armellini.

    KH
     
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  11. Autocar

    Autocar Road Train Member

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    Then there are the juice tankers, like Indian River.
     
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