Self employment a problem getting hired with a company?

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  1. Sir Grouch

    Sir Grouch Bobtail Member

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    Howdy! I've been lurking around for a while but decided it's time to actually get things rolling.

    Naturally, employment history and references are required by just about everyone, but I've been self-employed and working from home since 2018. I know lots of people. Virtually. I have no coworkers and almost all friends and clients are online. Let's face it. If I were a social butterfly I wouldn't be considering a job that has me on the road for weeks at a time.

    Will this cause a problem when it comes to being accepted by a trucking company? For a variety of reasons, the two I'm currently considering are Prime and Swift. I was looking into Raider Express but they have a weird set-up where they pay for your hotel during the week but you're on your own Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. Strangeness.

    Anyway, I have am working part-time at a place, which doesn't know I'm considering a job change. I was there full-time for a couple of years but my side gig started making more money than the FT job. They wouldn't let me switch to part-time so I left. Later, about a year later, I went back because they decided me being part-time was perfectly fine. I've been back there a little over a year now.

    Is this going to put me in the 'don't even mess with' folder?
     
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  3. baha

    baha Road Train Member

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    Has any the co. you have been part / timing for giving you a 1099 or W--2 for taxes, if not find a friend you can trust to be your boss man that will give you the three years of work you will need on app. if you were not driving a truck that's all you will need, if you have been driving a truck they will need 10 years of work, dates must match for who ever you worked for the whole 10 years? I got to where I would keep a folder with all police reports on acc. I had been in and all my 1099 forms so if the worst happened and co. was bought out or shut down I could start getting a new driving job on the way home or drive to nearest term. to get hired Fast?
     
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  4. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

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    Short of having a DWI, DUI or testing hot on a drug test, your chances are 50-50. The only way to know for sure is to go out and apply. The worse they can do is tell you no.
     
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  5. Sir Grouch

    Sir Grouch Bobtail Member

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    Have W-2s and check stubs so hopefully that will take care of it.
     
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  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If you can document what you were doing, you should be ok.
     
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  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Yea you just need documentation. If you and the neighbor did nothing but play video games for a year. You'll need a notarized statement from the neighbor attesting to that.
     
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  8. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Road Train Member

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    If he and "the" neighbor played in other ways, ya think the notarized statement would work there.
    Know a guy who might need a ruling on this.
     
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Companies will accept tax records as proof of employment.
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