What is important to you in a driving job?

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  1. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    I definitely want to do W-2 and if possible, % of the load but I suppose I need to ask if that is permissible first haha. Every week pay is what I was thinking as well- just makes it easier for everyone.

    We use fuel cards in our company so we would give those to the drivers as well- again, simple is always the way to go! Plus DISCOUNTS on fuel haha!

    I appreciate the old school of values, I am the same way. We all should live by Dale Carnegies principles- then maybe this world would be a little bit kinder :) Thank you so much for your helpful information.
     
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  3. Coffey

    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    The normal for % pay Is 25 % for newer guy and around 30 for the experience people's 23 could work if your training them.
     
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  4. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    As an employer I’d urge you to not pay percentage. When times are good you won’t make enough to store money back for the bad times. In the bad times the drivers will leave you for per mile pay. Drivers will also count your money and decide they can do it better and buy a truck, and try to steal your customers.

    Not everyone is like that but a good bit are unfortunately. Id just pay something like .60/mi and have a weekly guarantee. If your feeling extra frisky then do .65 since you’re not established and need to get drivers badly.
     
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  5. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Thank you so much for the insight. I was just researching this topic and it looks like most people like to be paid on a per mile basis (loaded and unladen). In terms of the idea that they will buy their truck, its funny you should mention it because I was going to offer fully opening a company for free (only filing fees), compiling a list of audit files for the new entrant audit and assisting them in their first year for any driver who works for 1 year accident free and then dispatching them if they so choose. Perhaps I am too trusting...

    What about per diem pay? How is that aspect handled? Thank you!
     
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  6. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    Yes, you are definitely too trusting but I applaud and admire your good nature. It’s important and for me mandatory to be a good, honest, and fair person and therefore company owner. However, people absolutely will try and take advantage of you and lie to your face extremely convincingly. You become cynical and at times quite jaded. But, that’s all part of the learning process and you’ll also pickup along the way some true top notch people who will be instrumental in making your company a success and learning from them.

    As far as the 1 yr thing... forget it. Not everyone is cut out to own a truck, in fact very few people are. All you would be doing is losing the people who you need to keep, and potentially leading someone into failure that otherwise would be happy making you and themselves steady money.
     
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  7. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    I really appreciate all of this information. I learned a lot and am so grateful. I will follow your advice on the CPM instead of % pay and on the 1 year thing- it absolutely makes sense.
     
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    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    Pete 389 flat top, big motor, 6 days off a month, and chicken lights.
     
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  9. Coffey

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    If people want to know how much a loads paying it ain't that hard people love to talk.
    With mile pay alot of people expect good mile ever week with stop pay, Detention pay etc etc. At the end ether way people want to make good money.
    Or some other goal that they want to reach with or without you
     
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  10. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Love this! But why not a freightliner?
     
  11. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    For some it’s a temporary job. For others it’s a lifestyle and family tradition.
     
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