What do owner operators want today?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by DorinVeaceslavich, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. DorinVeaceslavich

    DorinVeaceslavich Bobtail Member

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    Good time of day everyone, I do realize this is probably not the typical thread for this community and I might not be the typical member, however I am someone is for some to looking for owner operators for a new carrier, and at some point I realized that neither me nor my partners who are in the transportation business in Europe but a trying to get in to the US field have a very vague Idea of what a owner operator might want from their carrier and what would be the reasonable services and general offers that a carrier could provide to acquire and more importantly keep happy their owner operators .
    Like I previously stated, I understand this is not the typical question, but non the less I would be extremely grateful for some pointers.
    Thank you.
     
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  3. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    A nice facility, percentage pay, freedom to choose loads, fuel and tire discounts, minimal paperwork, to name a few. An organization called NASTC might have some good resources for you. They do have a modest annual fee, but they're friendly and will be happy to answer some preliminary question so you can see if it's a good fit.
     
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  4. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I personally like to see the gals in the office show some leg.
     
  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Same thing as yesterday. More money. Already have a home and a family.
     
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  6. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Heavy Load Member

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    Since you operate in Europe, the opertunity to drive there. If you have an office, staff that answer the phone and operate well under pressure in an emergency situation. Pays when the paperwork is turned in, Paper LOGs, Non forced dispatch. The highest Rates, best Agents. An office in Chicago.
     
  7. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    #1 thing for owner op is probably going to be consistently good high paying loads, followed closely by consistent preplanned loads. Those two together make us money.
    Nothing is more demotivating than delivering and having to wait 4 hours before you find the next load.

    You will find quite a few people here are not happy hearing broken english when they call the office. So whoever is answering the phones NEEDS to have a good command of the english language. (Or whatever language the driver speaks) it will make explaining things much easier

    Full transparency on how a load is making them money if the load doesnt seem to make sense from the start
     
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  8. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    Yup I forgot that part. Office staff that is informative, proactive, and functional. Save the mind games for the tavern after work.
     
  9. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    Roflmao...
     
  10. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    Make a ton of money while being able to stay home and polish chrome whenever I want. It’s not easy looking this good.
     
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  11. roundhouse

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    I’d start with not having anyone with an Eastern European accent talk on the phone to the drivers.
    There’s just so so many super sketchy former Soviet communist Slavic that cheat the owner operators , that most just assume when they hear the accent , their paycheck is going to come up short.
     
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