Plausible to learn and start driving as a side gig?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by truckytruckerton, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. truckytruckerton

    truckytruckerton Bobtail Member

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    I'd like to consider driving professionally, and have enough money to go to driving school and get my CDL, but wonder if I'm being naive about actually getting on the road? I'm not looking to drive full time, and probably that means I can't work for a company and would need to just drive as an OO. But I also can't buy a truck straight away (maybe down the line), so would have to find some way to rent one.

    So as far as I see it, I'd be:
    1. Going to trucking school nights/weekends to get my license (doable)
    2. Driving a little bit here and there, assuming I can find the right place to rent a truck for whatever jobs I find (CloudTrucks? Some other good places)?

    Is it really possible to get out and do some real driving, without owning or leasing a truck, and just working a little bit here and there independently?

    Also, does anyone have recommendations for great schools in the Bay Area? I've heard of Coast to Coast Trucking in San Jose, and they seem good. Wonder if there are others?
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    For what it would cost for a new cdl holder, to buy a truck and operate it, you could pay cash for a new home. Required insurance is the killer. Check with www.OOIDA.com and you'll see what insurance will cost, if you can even find an insurance company that will insure you.
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    Get your cdl, then work for a staffing agency that hires cdl drivers. This way you can work when you want to.
     
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  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    I'd say being an O/O is out. There's something like a 90% failure rate in the first year for O/O's, and that's for people working 70-80 hours a week. Part time just simply will not work.

    You could work for a temp company maybe. Doing fill in work for other companies that need day help, that sort of thing.

    Also, were you planning on working a 2nd job? If so, thanks to hours of service, you will find it hard to find a company that will allow it. It's possible, just the motor carriers tend to not want to deal with the hassle. This is definitely an industry you can't really 'dip a toe' in. You have to jump in all the way or stay out.
     
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  5. truckytruckerton

    truckytruckerton Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for that. Working for a staffing company sounds like what I was after. Do you know of any that are particularly good for people just starting out?

    Also, I would still be working my main job, but will be able to set aside 2-3 days at a time for driving, so hoped that would simplify hours of service (and my main job is a desk job anyway).
     
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    One of our dock workers a few years ago started training on his own time with shunt driver. He'd chauffeur the shunt driver around a few hours each night moving trailers around the city. Got his AZ followed by a line haul run with the company. Unfortunately the govt mandated trucking courses last year so this mode no longer possible.
     
  7. Chinatown

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    Trillium CDL Staffing is a good one. Several drivers on this forum work for Trillium.
    They're a nationwide agency.` There's probably a few other cdl staffing agencies in the Bay Area or that hire Bay Area drivers. Pro Drivers might be one.
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  8. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    That guy looks a fresh as a daisy. Get both hands on the wheel son, this isn't a pu. Lol
     
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    Check your local schools.. they will train you for a class B with passenger endorsement and most are really used to part timers. it could be an option.
     
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    Correct me of I'm wrong but A) one of the jobs being a desk job makes no difference at all & B) even if one 'fudges' on reporting on duty time at another job and one gets into a chargeable accident and the attorneys for the prosecution find that out, prison time could be involved?
     
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    A: All compensated time must be logged on duty... and B: Yes, but "it will never happen to me.... Like it did those other drivers"
     
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