Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    After three loads of old furniture and appliances taken to charities and a load of junk to the dump, I finally have all my keeper stuff in the new van and my storage unit in GA empty.

    This will be my last hometime running back and forth from GA to SC and back.

    One less complication.
     
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  3. snowwy

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    Now what you gonna do with your life?
     
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    Good question. Definitely going to be some changes in the next few months. Still not entirely sure what those changes will be. Definitely leaning towards a larger company that lets me pull from a load board, but recent news about the Schneider o/o contract has me leaning more to Landstar. Might need to check out JB Hunt as well, but they seem to do a lot of intermodal work, and I'm not sure I want to deal with ports and railyards. I have a passport, but no TWIC card.
     
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    What area of SC did you move to?
     
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    Twic is easy to get as is hazmat. Just gotta pay for it.
     
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    You should have learned by now that you won't make money with a mega
     
  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    And many states give a discount if you get them both at the same time.
     
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    Central SC
     
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    I think there are quite a few folks here that will explain that they are making good money pulling for Schneider or Landstar. Not so sure about JB Hunt, as I don't see many people talking about them here. I understand JB Hunt did some, err, guerrilla recruiting here on the site a few years ago which irritated the mods, or something?

    If I was ALL about the money, I'd be learning to haul heavy/oversized loads. But I'm not. There needs to be a life balance between what you do and what you earn. As a new o/o I was okay with leaning more towards working harder as I learned in a simpler, easier environment while I paid off a truck.

    Now I'm taking a step forward and planning on taking on more responsibility and (hopefully) earning more. I will be dispatching myself, but the company I work for will be acting as a sort of invisible factoring service, isolating me from billing. Also, group discounts on fuel & service.

    Maybe one day I will go to a small company as an o/o or run under my own authority. But not in the next year or two at least, and, honestly, probably not even then. If I understand correctly, Landstar allows their drivers to own and operate their own trailers, not just hauling in Landstar boxes, which could allow me to operate without worrying about dealing with crappy beat up trailers with flat tires and rusted rails.

    *shrug*

    Plans. They rarely survive encounters with reality. I'm already about a year behind my initial planned change to a company with a load board because maintenance on the used truck ate my lunch money.
     
  11. snowwy

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    Heavy haul isn't necessarily the money either unless you got customers.

    Sitting for days looking for something.
     
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