Which area of trucking to get involved in?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by chadt256, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. chadt256

    chadt256 Bobtail Member

    Aug 16, 2022
    Completely vulnerable question here I know. But hoping for some honest advice.
    -Getting out of the furniture business I’ve been in for 5 years now. Have been very successful and made good money. 2022 has changed the industry like it has everything I’m sure. I’m burned out on the customers issues and delays in product and the list goes on. I know a few local companies doing well in local area hauling for gravel and stone etc. My father in law will join me and can be a driver for us as well as he has drove for 20 years with a local company hauling coils.
    The million dollar question. Which area of trucking to start with? I’d like the idea of being home every evening or night. And I’ve always been in business for myself so I’d like the idea of owning our own trucks. But I’m not up to par on which sector to pursue or what type of truck / trailers to start with. Open to suggestions
    Located in North Alabama…
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  3. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

    Apr 25, 2021
    How about selling your services to those in your area that could use said services? How does furniture get to/from retailers or customers homes?
  4. Siinman

    Siinman Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    Kansas City, MO.
    Sounds like you want a dump truck of some kind for something local. Just my guess as I do dryvan OTR.
  5. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Topless trucking, that is if you are equipped.

    Please share what lanes you run once you get started.
  6. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    Trucking is all over the place. It's cyclical. We had a boom cycle now we are now slowing. Van was doing real well now is slowing. Flatbed is ok, but housing is slowing and that might affect it.

    Personally get a CDL and try trucking with someone and see if you like it. It's hard to get home every night. A lot of people want to do that. It's also a slimey industry. Call recruitera and see what they offer. Your first 6 months are usually crappy. After a year you can make decent money as long as you haven't hit anyone. Don't be afraid to ask about a company here.
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  7. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    You answered your own question, drive a dump truck.
  8. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    I tried belly dumps for almost a year and it was a nightmare. This was my schedule to just stay in business.

    5am to 5pm dirt hauling
    2 hour nap
    7pm to 2am asphalt night paving
    3 hour nap

  9. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2020
    GOAT watching
    At least it wasn't a dirt nap. LOL
  10. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Land of local
    You can be local with pretty much any wagon as long as there's freight available. Keep home in the middle of your lane. You need to have loads available within a hour of your home base and loads available on opposite ends of your lane to make it work. That's how we roll
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  11. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    This. I don’t particularly like living in San Antonio but you got 3 of the top 7 largest cities in America within a short drive, plus all the border freight from Laredo. Vast majority of those loads pass through San Antonio except west bound freight.

    This makes getting freight, and taking time off, easy and cheap vs taking terrible loads every time you want to go home.
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