I plan to delete my app and quite my day job as soon as I ship my daughter off to college in August. Have you ever considered it?
I love driving. It’s my most favorite thing to do. I’m so tired of rideshare. It’s to costly. I’m also tired of my day job as they stopped raises, stopped bonuses, stopped putting in 401k so it’s turned into a dead in job. I feel it’s only a hard life if you don’t like being away from home but even then you still have options. OTR you can be out for ever, Reginal home a couple of days of the week. Local home everyday. There are three options in trucking: company, leasing,and owner oper (last two seem the same). I plan on going company because I do not want to be responsible for repairs. Had enough of that with rideshare. It cost 3k to tow a truck, per my research. I’ve seen some drivers post their 1099s and 140-160 k looks good on paper put I am sure half of that goes back to upkeep and truck note. I am 100% single and with my daughter living on campus I don’t have anything to come home to. I plan on living in the truck for 1-2 years then look for something regional or local. I’ve been doing a lot of research and playing with numbers. Starting off u can make 45-50 k first year if you are willing to stay in the road as a solo driver. As a team driver you can make 75k first year if you go hard because the truck is always moving. I plan to go team with my sister and if her drive is not as strong as mine then I’m going to search for a new team member. If I can’t find one 45k will work for me first year. Especially once I stop paying rent, electric, n water.How well do truckers do? I’ve always thought that a hard life. Mentally, physically, all of it. And with gas going up, doesn’t this hurt truckers big time? I also have been under the impression you have to own your own to see the rewards. But share why this appeals to you? Is it the mo eh or just the romance of saying eff it and keep moving??
Yes, and first year rates suck balls so u def have to grind hard.Some get paid well, some get paid snot. Depends what company you are with and what you haul. Some truckers make 12 an hour. Some pull 150 a year. Some guys drive for swift and can only go 62 mph with crappy mile rate.
Stevenson paid for my training years ago.The school I am considering is 2 week there and 30k miles on the road before you get cdl. If you do a 1 year contract it’s no cost to you unless you accept the 200 a week they give you each week for the first two weeks (700 a week) on the road training (but if your trainer goes home and you don’t have someone to ride with you will not get the 700). There are some local schools which move a lot faster. However, like u said most companies want experience. I’m most nervous about backing so I want as much training as I can.
I won’t be loading in loading! They can keep the extra. From my research Prime seems to have the best rates and the pay. During the on the road training which is about 6 weeks is 700 a week. Prior to those weeks they will front you 250 a week for two weeks orientation and practice driving but you do need to bring 150 with you. I don’t plan on having them front me anything Ive calculated how much I need to uber to pay up two month worth of bills. After training that rates are .41 a mile and up.Stevenson paid for my training years ago.
Swift another companies do the same thing with a contract to work at least a year. Whatever the telling you make cut it in half your road expenses will be crazy they'll tell you you'll get paid on the side to unload trucks no one ever let you do that.