What do l need to do to start my company but not being a driver

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  1. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

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    My boss owns 6 trucks and has never been a driver. Hes 20some years at it and the trucking side has never made a profit. It is the quarry side that the trucks serve which pays us all.

    Your initial question is so vague that it reveals you dont have a specific question, and if you dont have a specific question then you have no idea what do to. That will lead to absolute ruin. People who know exactly what to do go under every week in the trucking business. There isnt much meat on the bone the way the sales side of trucking makes the brochure look. The brochure is a lie.
     
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  3. xairx

    xairx Light Load Member

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    You are very correct... $4k a week sure sounds pretty good until you have to pay for everything that made that $4k possible in the first place.
     
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    TTNJ Heavy Load Member

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    Thought I would check back in and tell you I told you.....i mean see how it was going.
     
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  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

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    Listen if you are not going to drive then most likely its going to fail.

    Reason 1. Most Drivers dont give a crap about your truck. So they will drive it to the ground.

    Reason 2. 99% of all start ups fail

    Reason 3. Because you are not driving and going to hire someone else to drive, you just multiplied reason #2 by a factor of about 1000

    Reason 4. Industry is in a decline.

    It’s better to go to a casino. Better odds.
     
  6. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    You can do it but I’d say only under your own authority. Not enough meat left on the bone if you lease on.

    Not leasing on opens a whole new set of risks for you to navigate. However, it’s about your only choice.

    I did know a guy who got up to 10 trucks leased to forward air and been at it probably 20 yrs. He and his son drove 2 of them but now they are down to 4 or 5 and the rest are broke down, sitting, with no drivers. It’s tough even for seasoned people.

    FYI: I’ve done exactly what you are looking to do but started with my own authority. I did drive some but I wasn’t on the insurance. I hired a buddy to drive and be point on the new entrant insurance. This was 2008.
     
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