Hello to all! I hope you guys are doing great.
Getting straight to the point: I have a small family trucking company with its own numbers and I am looking to add company drivers to the team. Before I do any of that, I want to know from real people who have real experiences: what is important to you in a driving job?
Is it the pay? Would you prefer a CPM or % of gross? Would you want per diem pay as its not taxable?
Is it benefits? Home time? Route?
Is it the dispatcher?
Would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you in advance to all!
What is important to you in a driving job?
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A well equipped tractor for driver comfort and convenience goes a long way with drivers who really live in the truck for the long haul and don't do much home time. Fridge and APU come to mind, also I will not drive into certain parts of the country, mainly the NorthEast due to lack of truck parking and roads that were not built for 75 foot trucks.
To make it easy on me, as I don't like to be my own accountant on my off time, don't be a 1099 company.
It is very helpful that you said you would prefer to be a W-2 instead of a 1099- I couldn't figure out what was more popular.
What about payment method? Do you prefer to be paid CPM or % of each load? And how often do you prefer payment? Weekly, every two weeks? Thank you so much!
Written company policies
Full loads and a lot of them
No sitting waiting for loads
75 mph governor
Newish, well maintained equipment. I like Petes.
13 speed manual
Minimum $.65/mile or 25% of verified bill
Generous accessory pay.
A shop with knowledgeable techs
NO CAMERAS INSIDE
NO AUTO CORRECT STEER OR ALARMS
3 Days HT for 2 weeks on the road 4 days for 3 weeks
No NE or Chicago routes.
Pay weekly W2
Also how would you feel about 4 weeks on the road with 1 week home?
Thank you so much for the help
tallguy66 Thanks this.
Most of the megas I've worked for pay every week and that helps to even out the budget. Some weeks are big checks, other weeks are not.
Also, fueling is something that a driver does nearly every day or every other day. Make that an easy process for the driver, most the megas use a fuel card for that purpose. I'm not sure how a small company does it, but I can recall being at the fuel desk a few times and waiting behind a guy with a personal check trying to buy fuel, I could only assume he was driving for a real small company. The facts may have been something else, but that is what I inferred.
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