To go independent or not

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Phoenix_rides_again, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Phoenix_rides_again

    Phoenix_rides_again Bobtail Member

    Aug 7, 2020
    A little bit of a backstory about me I got my CDL in 2007 and 2008 on December 6 two days before my birthday I was going around a blind curve when a car showed up on my lane. So I decided to take it off road instead of kill somebody. I didn’t take into account the ditch and I ended up all in the truck lost my job I had just changed jobs three months before that to the day. After that I tried getting back into driving for about a month when I was heading to look at a truck I was thinking about buying and my jeep got ran over by a roadway truck. I feared the industry for the next 10 years working crappy jobs. Two years ago I started driving local again now I drive local part-time and do factory maintenance the rest the time.

    I’m sitting here thinking about buying my own truck. I’m thinking it might be a good idea to attach myself for the first six months to one of the big carriers and save a little bit of money to fill out the paperwork for my own authority. Or should I hit the ground running and go ahead and get my authority. I’ve been looking at Load Board trying to figure out what kind of driving I would do if I go independent. I’m currently thinking power only for a little while till I save up to buy a trailer or at least pay some down.

    my overall goal is not to just have one truck but to build a fleet of trucks but I’m trying to decide what is the best first step for me.
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  3. mnmover

    mnmover Road Train Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Lichfield MN
    Get your plan down on paper, look at hauling for carriers like Schneider or J B Hunt. Have several thousand dollars in reserve until the money starts flowing. Also Fed Ex Ground adds extra trucks during their busy season.
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  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    It's easier if you lease your truck going to another carrier for a while.

    You should have less of an insurance cost and you have less paperwork and probably for most people its best are easiest to start that way as a stepping stone.

    And depending on the company some people do better being leased on.

    When you do go independent my advice to you would be to make certain you have a trailer. Whether you rent one or lease one or flat out buy one or however you do it power only is a difficult thing.

    When you have a trailer you have so much more dexterity than power only.
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