How To Start A Trucking Career

Hi everyone! I’m in Mesquite, Nevada, it’s early in the morning and I just got here at my delivery. I’m waiting for them to come. My delivery is supposed to be at 9 o’clock but I just got here at 8 o’clock and so I have about an hour before they can come so I just wanted to make a quick video and share with you my story of how I got into trucking, because in case you are out there and you are still, you know, like making up your mind or deciding if you want to get into trucking I just thought that if I share with you how I got into trucking that could be a benefit to you.

I got into trucking in 2006 in July, that’s when I went to the trucking school. I actually went to the company, the company has a trucking school, and prior to that, I was in different kinds of jobs. I was in the manufacturing company. I had a job as a manufacturer. I also worked in a warehouse and from 2003 I was in sales. I worked as an insurance salesman and some financial products and I also worked as a car salesman.

So at one point I actually held both the insurance sales and car sales at one point. And the reason why I left the other jobs and went into sales is because, one, I wanted to make more money and then the other is, after working in situations where you always have a supervisor just watching over your back and every move you make, I realized I don’t really do well in such an atmosphere so I wanted something that was kind of independent where I could just do my work without really someone watching over every move that I make.

I’m that kind of person that likes the freedom to do what I want to do at what place I really want to do it at. And yet the jobs that I really had they were more like you had to drag your feet and pretend to be working and all that stuff. I don’t do well in such environments. Anyway, so I went into sales but the challenge I had with sales is, I guess I wasn’t so good at selling, especially when it came to prospecting for new clients, I wasn’t good at that.

And the other challenge was that it was commission based which meant that you only had to be paid based on the kind of business that you did, so every other week or other month you really didn’t know how your paycheck is going to look like. And if you are not careful what happens in such a situation, you could get so focused on the money that you start, you know, like not really giving your customers the best care or you start really focusing and worrying about money than you do about your work.

So I did that for three years and then I decided, just one day, that I wanted something where I could have a stead paycheck and not worry about how much money I’m going to make this month or this week or whatever period. I didn’t want to worry about the bills and all that stuff. So I remember I was at the car dealership working and then I just decided because all year round somebody had told me about trucking, that it was really a good place where people were making money, and I like the idea that you didn’t really have someone watching your every move, you were kind of independent.

You just get into your truck, drive for whatever miles you have to drive to, as long as you did your job well and no one was really watching over you. And that kind of appealed to me, so what I did is, when I left the dealership, I went home, sat on the internet and look…started researching for companies where I could train and so I saw a company, that was C.R. England, and I liked their video, I don’t know if they still have the video, I liked their video and I decided I was going to call them.

I called them and, believe it or not, they scheduled me for school the following week, and so the following week I went to class and started my trucking career. Now, I said all this to say that sometimes people want to get into something but they will spend weeks and months and trying to look for all the information and coming up with every little excuse they can think about.

If you really want to get into trucking don’t waste a lot of time trying to look for all other minute information about trucking. All I did was sit at the computer, within minutes I saw this school, I called them up and they scheduled me to go to school the following week and I was in class the following week. So if you want to get into trucking I encourage you, just make up your mind and get your feet wet.

At the website, I’ve written an article now if you go there and look at the article that could probably give you some ideas of things that you should consider and think you should look for in a trucking company or the things you need to look into as you make your decision. After reading that article I encourage you, just decide on a company that is closest to you, go and start. That will help you a lot because you will realize that you may not even be able to go through the orientation, maybe there is a problem that will hinder you from getting into trucking or you may start training and you realize trucking is not for you.

So that’s why I say that it’s better for you to just go and find out. You are either going to stick with it or you are not. When you are done with your training you may change companies or you will be directed more easily than if you just sit there trying to figure out if trucking is for you or it’s not. The first step is for you to get into school and get your feet wet, and then you will make other decisions as the time goes by.

So I share with you my story just to let you know that it only took me what? Probably 30 minutes or less for me to get into school and six years later I’m still her. So I hope that helps you, until next time, stay safe.

Bye bye.

11 Facts About Owner Operators You May Not Know

One of the things I hear a lot from truck drivers that have been driving trucks for a few years is that they want to venture out and become owner operators.

Most of them feel like, after 2-4 years, they have hit their earning ceiling as company drivers and the only way for them to make more money in trucking is to get their own truck.

For those that have chosen trucking as their career, this is a good goal to have and would encourage them to find ways of making it happen. The only challenge is, not many truck drivers seem to have the discipline and dedication it takes to become an owner operator.

Becoming an owner operator isn’t just about buying a truck and driving it. It is becoming a business owner.

As a company truck driver, the only major responsibility you have is to be a safe and dependable driver. When you cross to the other side of owning your own truck, all of a sudden everything a trucking company is responsible for becomes your responsibility.

That is why you find that most company drivers talk about becoming owner operators year after year but never actually become one. Very few company truck drivers are able to become owner operators within a few years of joining the trucking industry.

Most of these truck drivers are people that did their research ahead of time, made a game plan and started implementing it right away. They probably had a previous understanding of how business works, and/or have a very high sense of discipline and work ethic.

The others that become owner operators are those that have been in the industry for more than ten years and have learned a lot to be able to know what they are getting into.

Here are some facts about owner operators you may find informative.

* The Average age of becoming an owner operator is 37 years
* The average age of an owner operator is 55
* They have been in trucking for 26 years
* They’ve been driving as owner operators for 18 years
* 36% served in the military
* 86% completed high school and about 45% received some level of college education
* They average 101,000 miles a year
* 41% of owner operators spend more than 200 nights away from their homes (remember a year has 365 days)
* 95% run solo.
* Their net income (after expenses) is about $50,000
* Are mostly Republicans followed by independents

If you want to read more facts about the owner operator truck driver, I found them at ooida.com

Challenges faced by people in the truck driving careeer

Just like any other career, driving trucks has its challenges. Truck driving has one of the highest turnover rates when it comes to jobs in the US.

Here are some of the challenges that come with the trucking career.

Strain on relationships

One of the biggest reasons most truck drivers quit their job in a few months is because of the kind of stress put on the driver’s relationships.

When one starts out driving a truck, getting a local driving job or a job that will at least let him/her be at home a couple of days within the week is very hard and.

This means that the driver has to be away from his/her family for weeks at a time and when they get some time off, it’s just for a couple of days.

Very few couples can handle this kind of sacrifice. Especially if they have young kids.

I have talked to many drivers that are divorced and have lost their families just because they started a truck driving career.

Starting a truck driving career works better for those who are still single when starting out because after you have six months to a year of driving experience, it becomes easier to find something that will allow you to get home more frequently.

If you are married and have kids, make sure you sit down with your loved ones and make the decision together. The first year of trucking will be very stressful.

You all must be in agreement if trucking is to work out for you.

Loneliness and boredom

Before I started driving trucks, I used to consider myself as a person who liked to be alone. I quickly realized this is not true after I had finished my training and was driving solo.

Driving a truck solo (by yourself) is very lonely.

You listen to the radio, talk on the phone, talk to yourself, think and do all you can imagine, but soon run out of what will take away the boredom and loneliness.

I have come to realize that human beings were not meant to be alone and there is nothing that can replace the company of a fellow human being.

To help overcome the loneliness, some drivers bring along family members on their trips and some travel with their pets.

I don’t know if a dog, cat or any other pet would help take away the loneliness but I guess every driver is trying to find a solution to this problem.

Inconsistent Paycheck

Usually in other careers other than the commission based ones, one usually knows what their paycheck amount is going to be since the pay rate and hours worked are usually the same.

In truck driving, your paycheck is inconsistent because you are paid by the miles (generally speaking).

A driver could have a good week where he/she runs 3000+ miles followed by a lousy week where they can’t even get 2000 miles. This can make it very difficult for a driver to budget his/her finances.

There are ways to overcome this issue. Go read and listen to this.

Health issues

One of the biggest issues faced by truck drivers is health.

Many drivers have left the truck driving career because of bad health. In addition to a commercial driver license, truck drivers have to carry a medical card.

This card is obtained by undergoing and passing a department of transportation medical and physical test. Failure to pass the DOT test means losing your commercial driver license.

The reason most drivers have bad health is because of the nature of the job.

Drivers sit for long hours driving and do not endeavor to do any exercises. In addition to that, because they are always on the road, “junk” food becomes their number one choice of food.

This combination of inactivity and bad eating has not only put people out of the truck driving career but has killed many drivers too.

Hard to pursue other things

Currently, this is my number one challenge.

Finding the time to pursue other things like going to school, going to church, socializing, getting involved in communities, etc becomes very hard when you are a truck driver.

It is easy to be caught in just driving trucks and fail to socialize or even have an exit plan in case you want to do something else with your life.

Trucking can easily take all your time if you are not careful.

Lot of hours

While most jobs usually have the standard 40 hours a week of working, truck driving is different.

Truck drivers work 10 to 14 hours a day and put in 60 to 70 hours a week. And I only say that because legally, truck drivers have a 14 hour and 70-hour rule.

Most drivers look for ways to work above the legal limit not because they want to but because they want to put in enough miles or hours to be able to make a good paycheck.

Safety

Just think about it. Tens of thousands of accidents happen on US road EVERY DAY. Millions every year. You can go here to get an idea of the stats.

Every time a truck driver gets behind that wheel, he/she is driving a long, tall and heavy equipment.

Most people we share the road with have no clue how the 18 wheelers work and so do not care how they drive around them.

Every working day for truck drivers is a day faced with safety challenges.

That is why I encourage my fellow truck drivers to always ask and thank God for his protection. If you are not a truck driver, always remember us in your prayers as we drive on those roads.

Until next time,

Stay Safe.

How To Make $60,000 Plus Your First Year As A Truck Driver

How much money do truck drivers make?

That is one of the most asked questions and I have written about it here.

If that is your question and were attracted by the title of this post, I'm glad you are here.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm going to let truck driver Red Viking help to give you the answer with real numbers.

As you listen to him, pay attention to what he says.

Here are a few things you should pay attention to and think about.

1. Before becoming a truck driver, he did his research and knew what to expect. He then had a conversation with his wife about how he was ready to hustle.

He knew it meant he was going to be away from home for a number of days f he was to make good money.

2. Having been in the military and in business for himself, he has a good work ethic. He is not the kind of truck driver who just hopes to make a lot of money doing the least amount of work.

3. He has goals and expectations and, he is constantly watching them to see if he is on track.

4. He communicated with his manager right from the very beginning and made it clear that he was a hard worker. (When a driver manager/trucking company gets such a driver, it's like a dream come true.)

5. When he seeks for advice, he pays attention to more than what people tell him. He knows that things like experience, background, work ethics, etc have a role to play in one's success too.

6. Even though he is a company driver, his mindset isn't that of an employee. He knows that it takes hard work to get to where he wants to be.

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How much money do truck drivers make?

How much money do truck drivers make?

That is the number one question people who want to become truck drivers ask. I’m going to help you answer that question in an unusual way.

First, ask yourself these three questions.

1. Are you looking at trucking as a job or career?

2. How much would you like to make as a truck driver that would make it a great career choice for you?

3. What are you willing to give up in return to making the kind of money you want?

The reason I want you to start with those questions is, how much money you make as a truck driver Depends mostly on YOU.

The question “How much do truck drivers make?” Will get you as many different answers as the number of truck drivers you ask.

The reason for the difference is,
earnings truck drivers make vary depending on:

– The trucking company they work for
– How hard they work
– If they are specializing in a good trucking niche
– If they drive as a company driver, lease operator or owner operator.

As you can see, how much a truck driver earns, has a lot to do with one’s goals.

A truck driver whose priority is just to pay the bills will give you a different answer from one who has a goal of owning a trucking business.

Just like some careers, most people get in trucking because they were told that they could make a lot of money driving trucks. After a few years (some months) of driving, they burn out because their expectation was not well researched.

It’s ok to get into trucking even if you don’t intend to make it your long time career. But you must do your research and have realistic goals.

When it comes to trucking, having a goal of what you want to get out of it before you even start will help you a lot when you hit the bumps in the road.

And it’s not if you will, but when you do.

Trucking is not hard. But it’s not also as easy as it may seem. It has its challenges.

The 20/80 rule works in trucking too.

20% of the drivers are satisfied, excited about how much they make in trucking, while 80% of the drivers are always complaining and looking for who to blame.

The question then is, what kind of truck driver do you plan to be?

Because that is what will determine how much you will make as a truck driver.

Stay Safe!