Currently I'm working as a contractor for a huge company and thinking to move to another one that gives opportunity to develop a small fleet. Can you please share some detailed info about FedEx Ground since there is literally no info in their website. Need to do my calculations before I apply.
Expenses: (tolls, fsc, permits, plates, etc.)
What is the starting pay per mile/stop? I know there are more things like safety bonuses and so, but I just need the base pay per mile to be able to calculate my start there.
I'm asking about Linehaul, not P&D
What about FedEx Ground?...
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First you MUST be incorporated in your home state, check out www.buildabiz.com no drivers on 1099's and should have 3 trucks, not sure about that one. They hire extra power in the fall rush, they get a little better rate than the leasers do, but only for a short time. Very few single driver runs, most start on teams running wild before getting enough points to bid a set run.
Well, thanks. I'm already incorporated and got a partner/codriver with me. I know that I have to hire drivers on W2(got 2 yrs of exp working for a fedex contractor myself, 1200 miles 4 stops a day, 5 days a week) I know the pick time for them is the fall and I'm still after the numbers to calculate what my start is going to look like.
I'm a driver at ground, and I looked into becoming a contractor there. Been there 4 years, I know a thing or two about it. It can be a profitable business to get into, but......
They require you to bring on at least 2 trucks minimum.
I saw a contractors settlement, he is getting $1.19 plus fuel surecharge.
Fuel at the terminals are currently about $2.05-$2.15
With all that, he says it works out to about $1.60/mile
This is for Linehaul, and you will get the same miles every week, so it's predictable , and fixed for the most part. But starting out, you'll probably get a decent run for one truck, and a ######## run for the second truck. Also they usually do what's called "city work" which is picking up at a customer and bringing it back to the terminal. You might get 3-6 pickups per day, with a 300 mile round trip Linehaul.
This is how they do it for most trucks.
City work pay is a set dollar amount. You might get $20 for one pickup, and $50 for the next. Usually you do all of the pickups with one trailer, bring it back, hook to your Linehaul trailers and go. Drop, hook, and come back. Also I believe you get $5 for every time you hook or drop a trailer. I'm not positive how that actually works. I get $4 for every trailer I drag from my contractor.
Not sure about plates.
You pay tolls.
No hazmat generally.
They deduct ifta.
Driver facing cameras are mandatory!!
They don't like when your truck breaks down and you can't cover your run. They apply points when you don't cover, and if you get too many points, they start threatening you.
Office people are generally really easy to work with, as long as you do what you're supposed to do!!!
Not really any sitting around unless you're team driving. I don't know much about the team runs.
Overall, I'd say it's a good place to do business with if you're willing to work 5 days a week no matter what!
And if you're willing to run at least two trucks to start.
Pretty much guaranteed the same money every week, which is the attractive part of it all. But you won't really have the opportunity to make anything extra, except during peak (Christmas).
You can bid on new runs as they become available, but seniority rules that process.
Trucks get beat up pretty good at Fedex, that's just how it is. Be prepared to spend a lot on maintenance, especially if you're hiring drivers to drive your trucks. Drivers don't give two ####es about your truck, they just want to go home as soon as possible!!! Most runs are set up for the driver to go home every day.
Fedex does take care of the trailers for the most part. Dollies are another story!
I personally don't think it's worth the headache, however if you're a very driven individual, you can do well a ground!
No matter what, you're still under their thumb. Do yourself a favor and get your own authority, and do what the hell you want, when you want, how you want, and for how much you want!!!!
Thanks for the detailed info Leeroy. It is very, very helpful!!! I think I will try my luck once they open spots for extras. As I already said I have a partner/codriver and I've been told we will do CA and back or Phoenix,AZ and back which is more than enough according the $$ per mile that you mentioned sir. Currently I'm a SCHNEIDER independent contractor, team operations. It is hard to achieve average above $1.25-1.30 a mile (including the FSC in this number LOL)... Can't wait to see FedEx opportunities for my area. Thank you again sir!!!
Ye, we have a loadboard for the teams and another one for the solos. I have no idea about the solos loadboard but the teams one suck at this time... basically doing a little bit over a company drivers wage. Well there are a lot of good things about this company but the main reason we do this is $$$ where they fail.
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