trucking start up advice

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by forest1959, May 20, 2020.

  1. forest1959

    forest1959 Bobtail Member

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    have a class a cdl and would like to buy a tractor, but i have know experience. Don't want to get out on the road for 2-3 weeks as a driver trainee.Could i get authority first & be my own broker to find myself work for my truck that i will drive without experience. When shippers do business with a freight broker do they ask for proof that they will be sending an experience driver.
     
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  3. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    I like your ambition. You're going to make lots of money!!!
     
  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    Well this maybe a troll post but I'm going to assume it's real.

    1st of all this is the worst time in the history of the world to do what you're talking about. Stop dead in your tracks and do some research.

    Secondly, before you do anything, see if you can find an insurance company that will even insure you.

    If you find one the price of the premium will probably dictate what you do.

    I would not be surprised if you found a company to insure you that it would cost maybe $25,000 or $30,000 for the 1st year.
     
  5. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Putting the cart before the horse.

    Worry about getting experience by working at a carrier who can insure you.
     
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  6. 1nicevette

    1nicevette Medium Load Member

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    Good evening how do you even start researching loads when you can’t even get on a board with out having everything in place? That is where I’m stuck at
     
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  7. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    Well what I mean is to research the site and learn more about becoming an owner operator.

    It is quite a learning curve to start with absolutely no experience.

    Not only what to do in certain situations and all the paperwork and all of that, but you really need some basic mechanical skills if you don't have any.

    Read the threads on here. People talk about what the rates are. Right now there is very little money to be made if any at all. A lot of guys have their trucks parked.

    As far as load boards go I don't think there's any load boards that you can have full access to without an MC number.
     
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  8. 1nicevette

    1nicevette Medium Load Member

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    You are correct in so many ways but it would be nice to be able to study the load boards. I feel that there would be less people going under if they could see the boards and see if they have done their research correctly. Also you can’t trust people that say rates suck and park your truck when everyone has a different situation. I know guys that can run all day with current rates and I know some guys that they are sinking with out even turning the truck on.
     
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    not4hire Road Train Member

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  10. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    The answer is No, the Brokers will only look at your Authority, and see that you’re new. No questions about the Drivers experience.
     
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  11. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    You know a guy who has access to a board and use his log in.
     
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