Why are we putting up with under payment

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by tazgunny, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. 2hellandback

    2hellandback Heavy Load Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Blackfoot Idaho
    Tell those brokers what i tell them,,,, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FRIGGEN MIND!!! :biggrin_25510: OR,,,, I can do that load for 10.00 a mile,,, now thats just as ridiculous 87 cents a mile isnt it mr broker!!!!
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  3. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010

    If you are an owner operator or fleet owner, you are a businessman. Businesses don't go on strike. Who are you going to strike against? Yourself? There are good and low rates. No one will twist your arm to force you to haul the cheap freight. If it is too low and you can't negotiate a fair rate, then find a load that pays enough or deadhead out to a better freight area. If you can't afford to deadhead, then you are hauling too cheap.

    Too many drivers go out and buy a truck without having a clue as to how to manage a business. They start on a shoestring and wind up with a payment that is too high. They manage to scrap together enough for a down payment or their first lease payment and don't have anything saved for an emergency. They take cheap freight because they are scared that they won't be able to make that next truck payment or be able to pay the mortgage. They aren't really businessmen. They are just running scared. They should never have bought a truck. They weren't ready.

    You also have some carriers, such as Maverick, that have been known to haul freight out of south Texas for as little as $0.50/mile. It isn't just the owner operators who are hauling the cheap freight. Larger carriers do the same thing.

    I have no control over what rate others may haul for, but I can control at what rate that I am willing to haul. I have a minimum haul rate and won't go below that rate. If I can't get the rate that I need then I deadhead or sit for a day to try and find something worth hauling. If everyone did the same then cheap rates would not be an issue. We don't need to go on strike, only learn how to negotiate and run a business.
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  4. Lost soul

    Lost soul Bobtail Member

    Feb 8, 2012
    Kemp, TX
    Start Location/Destination Dallas, TX to High Point, NC Mileage
    1120 mi.
    Pay $1300 Pickup Dt 04/09 Start Radius 0 mi. Team No Full / LTL Full Weight 30000
    Phone 800-267-5374
    Posted Dt 04/09
    Trailer Type Van

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