Baby due next month and husband considering otr trucking...

by Amanda

We have a 6-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son and a baby due in 5 weeks. My husband lost his long term job about 6 weeks ago and we are getting desperate.

He has a CDL from a previous job and his step father is a trucker. They have offered to buy another truck and put him in it if he cannot find another job.

The idea of him being gone so much and taking care of the kids and household alone scared me to death... Especially with a newborn. Any advice?

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Dec 05, 2011
working for family and friends NEW
by: Hervy

Hi Amanda,

It would seem that working for family or friends would be a great opportunity. I don't know how old you are but anyone with a few years behind them knows these can be the trickyest (and most dredful) to work for. lol

But it doesn't have to be. It depends on the character, personality, business sense and communication skill of all people involved.

If you all believe and see that the step father treats people well. He can separate work relationship from the family relationship. (hard for many people) He will do what he says, like the time home and amount of pay, etc then it could be a great opportunity.

Next would depend on the profitability of his operation. If he is hauling heavy or has direct contracts or is making a lot of money doing what he is doing so that he can pay your husband as much as he promises even with a truck payment.

If he hasn't done anything like this, that is the scenario you must present. I have seen a good person want to help some else and allow him to drive as a team member but not having the business sense enough to realize he didn't make enough money to do that. It last less than a month and the driver never got his last 2 weeks of pay.

So talk about these things and make him tell you guys the details of how things will be.

Unless he is well off and no bills, don't let him buy a brand new shinning top of the line truck. He will want your husband to never come home to pay for that truck. Tell him hubby wants a working truck and that you want him to be able to come home every ___ weeks and on holidays. etc...

from there take into account what I told these ladies as far ans saving and planning for a transition taking the kids into account if that is what you want to do.
advice for starting a family with a new trucking job

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