In Need of Advice about earning an extra income?!?!

by Jodi

My husband of 15 years has been driving for 3 months now and he is just not getting the miles that the company said he could possibly get. It seems like the weekend planners don't know how to do their jobs. He always gets held up on the weekends with no load or stranded because the planner or dispatch didn't do what they needed to do to keep him moving.

So I am contemplating getting a job to help supplement the income he isn't bringing in. I have 4 teenagers ranging in ages from 13 to 18 years old. I also attend online schooling full time and have the responsibility of 2 dogs who are like my kids.

So between being a mom which is a full time job in itself, maintaining my relationship with my husband and doing school, I am limited on the shifts I can work. I am really not a night owl but its looking like 3rd shift may be my only option. I haven't been in the workforce in 10 years and do not know what to expect, any advice on what I should or shouldn't do would be greatly appreciated.

I'm overwhelmed and stressed out to the max.

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Jul 22, 2016
growing pains NEW
by: Anonymous

I hope this helps you some.

1) he is new to trucking and needs to get some experience before jumping around.

2) Ask him to get endorsements hazmat; doubles; triples and the like (this puts him in a position to get more loads and better pay)

3) Look into other companies that have more business ( JB hunt hires new drivers slow trucks but you can still run; swift also has slow trucks but keep you moving)

4) Maybe try for something local that pays by the hour instead of miles. (I don't know where you are to recommend any of these)

5) Flat bedding pays the best if he can tarp and the like.

I hope this helps a bit. I am married to an OTR and know it can be difficult. if you like you can contact me at: and maybe I can help a bit as my husband has been trucking along for the last 25 yrs. he has a few contacts and so do I.


Apr 28, 2016
Answers to your questions NEW
by: Jodi

To answer your first question, he is currently waiting for a different trucking company to get back to him. With the company he is with now, it takes talking to his driver manager everyday to get some kind of results.

Next answer is I like to be outdoors or in a quiet place with no distractions, but with 4 teenagers that is rarely!
I used to be a security guard and it was fun and I felt great doing that job, downfall was that hubby was the!
I can't quite remember the last question that was asked, my mind is still trying to process things this morning.

Apr 18, 2016
Several things I want to ask you?
by: Hervy

1. Why don't he change to a different trucking company. I never recommend jumping from company to company but if he has spoken to the dispatch, then the boss of the dispatch about changing dispatch and still gets no better results, it is time for a change.

2. What is it that you like to do?

3. What are you passionate about?

4. What type of work have you done before?

The reason I am asking the last 3 questions is to see if there is a way that you can earn money other than a typical job.

Doesn't seem you have time for that.

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