Looking for advice on how to make money with a DOT number and business licenses but with no semi.

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by bigkev7176, Apr 1, 2022.

  1. bigkev7176

    bigkev7176 Bobtail Member

    Nov 18, 2021
    Hello, I am hoping someone here can help with my question. I have a DOT number and business licenses to drive my own truck but I have been unable to secure a truck. Can anyone point me in a direction to where I can use the DOT number and licenses without having a truck so the company can start getting experience and eventually save up for my own truck. I do have a mini van and a escalade I was thinking I could do small hot shot loads if possible and where would a good place be to get started. Any advice on this matter would be appreciated, thank you.
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  3. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Anyone can get a dot number and biz license .
    And if you’re running expedited freight in a minivan or fancy Escalade ,
    You don’t need a CDL .

    I know folks that run expedited
    With sprinter vans or minivans and they do pretty good money
  4. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015

    You need to have insurance to get your Motor Carrier Authority. There are too many blanks in your situation. Why cant you get a truck?
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    with a escalade and minivan you would be better off doing uber eats/ instacart
  6. Gonzo1300

    Gonzo1300 Light Load Member

    Sep 30, 2013
    If you don't have the right equipment just don't do it. You not going to be pulling any hot shot loads would that Escalade. The van if it's in good operating condition and you can trust it you can go run Sprinter stuff. As far as your number and business license I can do that online why we post on here

    DRTDEVL Medium Load Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Austin, MN
    Not gonna run Sprinter loads in a minivan, as you cannot get a standard pallet through the door, nor load/unload with a forklift.

    I did something similar when I first started in a Ford high-top conversion with a wood floor panel and stripped interior. There were many loads I couldn't accept because the door just wasn't quite tall enough. That was fixed when I bought a well-worn Sprinter super high ceiling with its 6' tall rear door opening and 180* swinging doors. Add in the hatchback a minivan has vs. doors, along with the narrower opening, and its just not going to happen.
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