If you have never hauled general freight do yourself a favor and hire on as a company driver, big difference in general freight a expedited. get through the learning curve on their nickel or you could go broke fast. Their will always be a used truck to buy and always somebody looking to sign you on.
Found a company out of Indiana called Venture Logistics which I see some threads on here about them. I really like the fact that they was a small company that does the sponsored cdl training but they are no longer hiring in the southeast. I'm not sure I'm going to move too much on the trucking industry because I simply do not want to sign my life away 4 a year with these big companies like Swift for instance.