"I am interested in starting a trucking business."

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by TripleSix, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. Fabulous Maximus

    Fabulous Maximus Light Load Member

    85
    129
    Jun 29, 2019
    0
    That’s really good to hear for the future, thanks for the reply. Just to clarify, I don’t know much about the trucking world yet, I’m just beginning to learn. I was only saying that I’m familiar with what a non-compete is (in other industries) and if I saw that in a contract I would be walking away immediately lol.
     
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    9,823
    110,636
    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    0
    I suggest doing this before even getting a CDL
     
  4. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

    5,378
    28,170
    May 10, 2018
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    0
    You forgot about the $$$.

    When you get there you wake up to see that $78 was deposited into your account, but you spent $30 on food and and $29 on PPE for the right to be paid $0.29 per mile.
     
    FoolsErrand, D.Tibbitt and FlaSwampRat Thank this.
  5. Fabulous Maximus

    Fabulous Maximus Light Load Member

    85
    129
    Jun 29, 2019
    0
    You’re right, and I’m going to put in at least a year with a company to cut my teeth before venturing out on my own. However, after spending years in the service of the country, living in far worse conditions than those comfy sleepers, and eating #### that I’m not even sure qualifies as food, and being forced to be around other people day in and day out, the biggest draw to the trucking industry for me is the opportunity to be my own boss, be by myself as much as possible (I don’t like other people for the most part and prefer being by myself; I do fine in small doses but I usually hurt other people’s feelings when they say dumb ####.) and just move and never stop moving. I don’t like sitting still anymore.
    I say all of that just to say that all of the things other people consider cons of the industry are actually the things that I want the most out of it. I also know how to stay fit and eat well (and more cheaply) in a situation like this. Regardless of all that, you’re right, and I think I would be serving myself well by putting in a little time with a company so I can learn the industry and meet other drivers. I am confident in my ability to run the business side of things, handle paperwork, excel, quickbooks, and in myself in general, but getting that experience will be invaluable and I appreciate the wisdom in your posts a d the time you took out to write them.
    Thanks Six Happy 4th everyone.
     
  6. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    12,648
    25,472
    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    0
    The only time I needed a tow as an owner operator the first question the tow truck driver asked me was, "Do you own this truck?"

    "Yes".

    "Usually we charge almost $800 for this tow. But because you are the owner I will cut you some slack. Will $450 be okay with you?"

    I gave the guy a $100 tip. For all the work that went into setting up my tractor trailer to safely tow, dropping the loaded trailer so another driver could repower the load, and pulling the tractor into the shop and going through disconnect...that's a helluva lot of work.
     
    mp4694330, InTooDeep, MACK E-6 and 3 others Thank this.
  7. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    16,559
    116,110
    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    0
    I was the same way. “Gotta go, Gotta Go, GOTTA GO!!!!”

    But, this is business. The goal isn’t to go go go, the goal is to be good at what you do. Flat bedding requires you to THINK. So, lets think:

    The most valuable thing that you have is your name. Your house is in your name. Your car. The woman who is your wife took on your name. Your children have your name. That load on your trailer has your name on it too. Protect your wealth. Same page?

    You’re going to pull everything that can possibly be put on a wagon. Your job is to deliver it in the same shape as you picked it up. That requires you to know the regs in the green and white bible like the back of your hand. Why?
    1. Because everyone else who knows the regs like the back of their hand will know from a half mile away if you did it correctly. Improper load securement is unacceptable.
    2. If your load shifts, you did something wrong. Simple as that.

    A big screw up (something coming off the trailer) will sink a small fleet. And that’s with no one getting killed. Add in the OSOW regs and the screwup can sink all but the biggest companies.

    As you gain experience and make a name for yourself, you will slow down. You will take on bigger or higher value loads, and that will require even more care. Anyways, I’m not saying that what you want to do is impossible, just make sure you know what you’re doing before showing up to load.
     
  8. Eldiablo

    Eldiablo Heavy Load Member

    799
    5,006
    Jul 15, 2016
    0
    Well if they were merging then one lane wouldn’t be moving and one stopped. If morons knew how to merge there wouldn’t be a problem.
     
  9. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    2,879
    12,161
    Sep 15, 2017
    0
    Everyone knows how to merge. Its that they refuse to if there is a chance to get one more spot ahead first. Close up the lane and watch them fall into formation.
     
    dwells40 Thanks this.
  10. Eldiablo

    Eldiablo Heavy Load Member

    799
    5,006
    Jul 15, 2016
    0
    No they don’t or one lane wouldn’t be backed up. It’s called merging not impeding the flow of traffic. I see it all the time in Spartanburg now. One lane stopped and nobody in the other one. Complete idiots.
     
  11. Fabulous Maximus

    Fabulous Maximus Light Load Member

    85
    129
    Jun 29, 2019
    0
    You are absolutely right, when I mentioned wanting to move, I meant more so that I don’t want to be back home all the time, which I’ve noticed a lot of people mentioning they want to do. I just want to run, I don’t have any ties and I don’t want any, I’m willing to drive as much as possible and I’m hungry to make as much money as I can. I’m young, hungry, focused, and driven. No reason or desire to be “at home.”

    I couldn’t agree more, not only is patience an extremely valuable trait to have. How quickly you work or get loads delivered means less than ####### if the QUALITY of your work (whether it be tarping, securing, equipment maint., personal hygiene/presentation, etc.) is crap. I am the kind of guy that checks, double checks, then verified my double check to make sure #### is squared away (and I appreciate you mentioning this because I believe it is a quality that gets overlooked these days, despite the fact that it should always be a priority. I obsess over the details, which I have felt hurts me in some areas of life (social life being one, but I’m caring about that a lot less as I’m getting out of my 20’s now) but I believe will be a good quality to have in this line of work, it certainly helped in the military.

    I want to be the best, not just fast!

    No truer words were ever spoken. Your name is your livelihood. I also heard a quote recently ‘My CDL is my resume’ and I really liked that. Why would I be sloppy with the way that I drive and transport cargo when that is literally the most important business tool I have?

    As always, I appreciate the great info and advice y’all give on these forums. They help people like me more than you know and also give me a little hope for humanity, which admittedly, I am losing daily haha.
     
    InTooDeep and TripleSix Thank this.
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  • Draft saved Draft deleted