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Some benefits of being an owner operator

  • Paid more in less time than company drivers
  • Possible to have more control over the loads you accept
  • Possible to go to the house when desired
Becoming an owner operator is not all glory. There are things that you should consider before becoming an independent contractor. It takes a higher level of responsibility, attention to detail and good business aptitude.



Becoming an Owner Operator is Starting Your Own Business

Many owners operators that fail, do so either because they are leased on to or do business with poor quality companies, lack vision, or don't see their operation as a legitimate business. Trucking as an Owner Operator is a real business. Also, being an owner operator doesn't mean all of a sudden it's your world, you call all the shots and no one else matters. You still need to have a positive attitude and realize that everyone is part of a team to get the job done if you want to make money.

If customers can't get their freight on time and experience good services, they will choose another carrier. Some owner operators contribute to the carriers poor reputation then complain about low freight pay and slow freight. Think it.

It is a shock to some that as an owner operator you still are expected to do some things that you might not want to do or go some places that you don't want to go unless you get your own authority and customers. Something else you might not want to hear.... Many owner operators without their own authority, don't make much more money than a company driver at the end of the year after expenses and taxes are paid. Their greatest benefit is more freedom, not necessarily more money (as you will learn later) unless they are business savvy, conservative and forward thinking.

Having a tax specialist who is familiar trucking and life as a trucker is also highly advised for best results.

Owner Operator Trucking Tips and Advice

Listen to the words of successful owner operators. This is Casey an owner operator out of North Carolina. He hauls cars and will give more advice about car hauling on the car hauling page but here he will tell you about the mindset an owner operator should have to help him be successful in the trucking industry.



Options For Becoming an Owner Operator

Owner Operators can either lease on to an established trucking company or they can get their own authority as outlined above. Which route is better? It can't be said which direction is the best way go, it depends on the individuals desires, situation (his contacts, money in the bank, family, equipment, etc)

Getting your own authority is more pay and more responsibility . With that route...YOU ARE The Trucking Company. Follow the link above to find out more. Owner Operators are responsible for paying most of the expenses associated with moving that freight (there are a few companies who pay tolls or other expenses). Weight ticket, tolls, permits, violation tickets for inspections, fuel, maintenance, repairs, parking, lumpers, etc.

Are you responsible enough to make this happen?

Should You Become an Owner Operator?

Hard to say, you must ask yourself that, based on what you have learned and what you already know and the type of person you are.

I became an owner operator after about 7 months of driving. I learned many things the hard way. Plus, I was blessed to buy a good truck and lease to a good company. I have meet drivers who started off driving as an owner operators. Most of them were retired from somewhere else and had money saved for emergencies.

I don't recommend anyone to become an owner operator until you drive a year or so. The best way to determine depends on how well you handle business and how fast you learn about things you are involved in. (In this case the trucking industry.)You need to know about the ins and outs of the industry to take on the responsibility of an owner operator.

I will give you an example of what i mean. After being a driver a while you learn that it's hard to get a load out of some parts of Florida a certain time of year, same thing for California. You learn that freight coming out of those places are going to be real cheap in the slow season. If you jump in this off the street you wouldn't know those types of things, which mean you would loose money going to those places at the wrong time of year because your expenses stay the same and your profit is shot either in low freight rate or delay time waiting on a load.

You could have driven 3 trips from North Carolina to Chicago in less time and ended up with more money. You don't jump in the game with that knowledge. You learn that with experience.

Furthermore, the way things are right now, I would talk to a lot of owner operators before I became an owner operator.

Remember as an Owner Operator you'll be paying these high fuel prices and all other expenses associated with driving. The expenses have gone up but the rates haven't!

Owner operators do best when they find a nich or find companies to do business with directly. (cut out brokers)

Or hauling some specialized freight like household, heavy hauling, or shrubbery, etc. I've heard hauling bread dough pays pretty good.

Even being leased on to a specialized hauler can bring in a decent wage I would think, lets wait on some driver feed back on that.

In any case, owner operators hauling regular freight quit often don't make any more than a company driver at the end of the year. The biggest advantage he or she does have is more control over where they run and not having to run as hard to make it(Unless they got a new truck payment. Then you don't have much time to break)

How much does Owner Operators Make

People always wants to know how much does an owner operator make. There are many variables to how much an owner operator makes. It mostly depends on the type of truck driving jobs he's chosen (what he's hauling) and how he's paid.

They may get paid percentage of the freight charge or paid by the mile. Just like a company drivers, the more specialize the freight the more is paid.

Typically a owner operator hauling regular freight over the road can expect to gross $100,000 - $150,000.

Remember this is gross!

At the end of the year after taxes and all the expenses come out an owner operator (depending on how his operation is set up) end up with anywhere from $35,000 - $75,000.

Larry is an O/O with Fedex.

He is always looking for top notch team drivers with a clean record to run East to West and back. He is based out of Dallas. You must have a clean driving and criminal record to drive for this owner operator. I talked to Larry for long enough to feel confident that he is someone you probably would want to drive for.

A problem he runs into is clowns who don't appreciate the opportunity. It's a shame because finding good people to work for is not easy. For me, I think this is a very serious message to all parents about how important it is to teach good work ethic to your children and make them appreciate opportunities and other things in life.(ok, didn't mean to go into all of that...)

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Independent contractors also known as owner operators are being utilized more and more by trucking companies.

This is not the route for every driver. For people who are looking to get into trucking today there are many options.