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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Scvready, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Scvready

    Scvready Light Load Member

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    Hello everyone. I am working on getting my CDL and paying for it from my own pocket. I gave myself till March to leave the job I'm in now. It started out great but my boss has been changing too many policies and now I'm making less than half what I was making. I know it will be an adventure at first. I know I'll have to learn the game and that I will have lots of stressful moments, but I've been thru that before and I manage to get thru the learning curve and usually I become very good at what I do. I'm not bragging I promise.

    If there are folks on here who don't mind getting me thru this transition by offering helpful advice and possibly some mentoring I would appreciate it. I'm easy going and I listen even if I know what you are about to say.

    I want to earn 2k per week ASAP, I know that's probably not possible first year. I want to work up to 3-5k weekly consistently. I don't mind staying out I don't need home time I need to hustle. I'm talking net not gross. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I live in Louisiana but I don't mind moving anywhere. I'm a hard worker and been working since I was 13 years old. Trucking is something I've always wanted to do not just something I thought of last month. I just didn't want to sacrifice family time but now it doesn't matter really.


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  2. TripleSix

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    Near I-10? Arcadiana? That's tanker territory. Some of those guys do make a hundred grand a year as company driver.
     
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  3. Scvready

    Scvready Light Load Member

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    Yes indeed you familiar with the area?
     
  4. TripleSix

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    Somewhat. All of that area on US90, southeast of New Iberia, seems to be building up. They're throwing money into the area. I just wonder how they are going to finish I49. There are seemingly thousands of refineries and chemical plants in Morgan City, Dow Chemical in Hahnville, ExxonMobil in Red Stick. Big place they're building in West Lake, LA. Lots and lots of industry and money.
     
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  5. akfisher

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    2k a week? Good luck buddy unless youre running specialized loads and have experience. 3-5 k weekly will NEVER happen unless an owner and netting that will still be tough
     
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  6. Scvready

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    I've heard of people making 3k consistently as OO. I know it isn't impossible. And I know it's not what I'll be making first year
     
  7. TripleSix

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    Nothing wrong with crawling before you sign up for the New York Marathon. Just remember the goals: 1.) T endorsement 2.) X endorsement. 3.) Flawless driving record and clean shaven.
     
  8. akfisher

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    I didnt see anything about an O/O as your goal especially since you dont even have a license. Get license and drive a year. Youll make between 30-50k then see if the OTR life is for you then make a decision. O/O you can definitely gross anywhere from 12-20k a month as long as things are not breaking on you
     
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  9. Scvready

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    Yes thanks. I plan on that. I see money in my future lots of it...... Anyway the post is for anyone interested in helping me on my journey by mentoring me
     
  10. diesel drinker

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    Well,before ELDs 2k per week was certainly obtainable but now not so much unless you find a really really good job.But you won't because you have 0 experience. Even before ELDs 2k was hard to make for beginers.Do you think you are able to sit for 11 h without your neck and arms hurting like hell?
     
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