Staying Small Or Growing

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Rich_Trucking, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Rich_Trucking

    Rich_Trucking Light Load Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Hello Everybody,
    We want to grow bigger, Customers are offering lots of loads, but we don't have enough trucks to move them. We want owner operators to run with us. We have good paying long haul loads from direct customers. Can you describe your experience with hiring or working with owner operators. How to find them? ETC. How is that process of hiring on O/O's? Will O/O's work with small time trucking companies?
    Would O/O's run with a small company or are most looking at Landstar, Mercer. ETC.

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  3. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    hastings, Fl
    On occasion in the past I done so. This is one of those projects you want to take slow.

    Set your standards high, offer a good deal,be fair, and you will get good O/O's. Money talks.
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  4. maggard359

    maggard359 Medium Load Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    Main thing is to set high standards. You obviously have a regular customer and that service you provide will be expected when you bring on other trucks. Pay them well and they will be happy and take care of your customer. I have found with my customers they are happy paying you more money than another carrier as long as they are being taken care of. I know this is a sore subject but personal hygiene, manners, and respect for their own equipment is a must. I have found if those items are not followed, your customers care will be the least of their priority and one bad driver out of ten can cost an account in a hurry. Just because a driver may have 20 years experience, that doesn't mean it was good experience.
  5. heavyhaulerss

    heavyhaulerss Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I think a lot of drivers would rather be with a small co than a big one. I liked the couple small operations I was with. wish they were still in business like they once were. a lot sell out to the bigger outfits.
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  6. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

    Mar 23, 2012
    Lest we all forget bull-#### walks.

    (Somewhat ironic that my 1,000'th post is about walkin`. huehuehue:biggrin_25525:)
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  7. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I believe O/O are tired of the same old merry go round of the big boys and would be very enthusiastic to join a like minded ambitious small company that has growth potential. Especially that you're dealing with direct shippers.
    Guys are looking for a good deal, and perhaps a situation where they're not nickel and dimed. To share in the wealth and growth of what I would describe as a co-op. It keeps the enthusiasm up and let's face it, adds to the motivation of driving, and developing your own business, within a larger structure.
    we all like to think we are wanted and can enjoy the fruits of our labors. And that we are not regarded as a number in some big fleet.
    Staying small can maintain being efficient and maintain profit. In the end that satisfies both the customers and the shippers.
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  8. Skunk_Truck_2590

    Skunk_Truck_2590 Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Shreveport, LA.
    Although things are up right now, things do tend to be not as they seem. I would tread very carefully in expansion because it would only take one thing to make the market bottom out again and that wouldn't be pretty.
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  9. BAYOU

    BAYOU Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I'll say this I was in the same situation before I lost a few accounts by brokering loads out drivers showing up late or not at all to this day I've never met a owner operator with the ethics like I have. I do work with a few O/O that are single truck guys that live close by, just remember it takes years to get your foot in the door of customers and their trust but only takes one mess up to lose that customer!!
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  10. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Bad apples will ruin your safety scores which is no small deal so select from your prospects very carefully. I would avoid any operators who seemed short on cash and couldn't afford their own base plate. The last thing you need is operators looking to you as if you're a bank.
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  11. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Having Drivers and O/O's is like being a foster parent. Sure, you make some money but all their problems become yours.
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