Is it tuff to get loads after 4 pm or on weekends?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by gsr46r, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. gsr46r

    gsr46r Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, it seems like trucking would done best full time, so I will wait until my contract ends to get the insurance before driving. Well, a month in advance so my authority is ready.

    I am anxious to make a big career change- I have been a teacher for 10 years, and no one but my girlfriend and truck driver friends are encouraging me to do this.

    My parents think I should stick to my dayjob, but I absolutely hate the working environment and I feel like I am losing brain cells. They used to let me listen to an earbud and podcasts, but now I can't even do that. I can get my fill of podcasts while behind the wheel.

    I am yet to discover if I like trucking, but I have been around diesel my whole life. I work part time as a diesel mechanic, own 3 diesel pickups and drive a service truck.

    If I enjoy doing this, I will figure out how to make a living. Even if I get an entry CDL job for a company, I'll take a $20k paycut and say adios to the communists. The difference between teaching and trucking is the earning potential. If I were to teach another 15 years, I'd barely make another $8k annually. If I am successful trucking, I can run a small fleet and quadruple my teaching salary.
     
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  3. gsr46r

    gsr46r Bobtail Member

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    I love the idea of getting a local LTL job for a 3rd shift. I'd have to tell my girl she's not getting a warm body at night- I love being by myself driving, when no one's on the road. And the best part is not going to the communists every morning at 7:20.
     
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  4. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    The risk involved in that last sentence usually far outweighs the rewards. But, who am I to crush your dreams. Lots of people have done it. I have found that one truck/one trailer is all I'll ever want. Plenty of income for most anyone, plenty of freedom, but not as easy as just buying a truck.
     
  5. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Amazon may be the best fit. The guy who has been driving for them and delivers around here (he lives a few miles away) makes pretty good money delivering for amazon. I know he clears 1400 a month after taxes.

    get a van, get it wrapped and go through their intake program.
     
  6. JustCallMeDriver

    JustCallMeDriver Light Load Member

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    And even then, that's just the driving part that you'll have some idea of. It wouldn't be a bad idea to then try to work in the office at a trucking company, doing more than just babysitting drivers, AKA what "DM" is and all the other titles that companies have for the same job.

    The poster of this thread posted something like "all I have to do is X, and then I'll be set."

    This is not a mindset that has any chance of success as a one man business, especially as a truckload carrier.
     
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  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    $1400 a month or a week?
     
  8. gsr46r

    gsr46r Bobtail Member

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    Passed my CDL permit test. Now i get to drive one of the big boys. Hope it won't be too brazy
     
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