Starting an owner operator trucking business isn’t for everyone. It requires a unique skill set, devotion to the transportation industry, and a passion for excellence.
So, before investing in truck driver training or quitting your company driving job, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you willing to put in the long, long hours behind the wheel that are necessary for success? An owner operator trucking business can take up virtually every waking moment of your time, especially when it’s first getting started. This may change over time as you hire new crew members. But, in the beginning, you may find yourself driving whenever your eyes are open.
- Can you deal with the many aspects of running an owner operator trucking business? Company drivers rarely have to deal with aspects of the business such as finding clients, handling repairs, billing customers, or managing other people. Yet all those duties are part of an average day when you run your own company. You’ll need not only driving skills but business savvy, financial responsibility, and, of course, the right trucking software.
- Do you have the credit needed to finance your own big rig? If not, have you explored the many lease-to-own options out there? Many companies make big promises about their leasing deals. But some of these plans may not be as good as they sound. So you’ll need to either improve your credit rating or use caution when sizing up competing offers.
- Do you have basic computer skills? By “basic,” we mean the ability to point and click a mouse and type words using a keyboard (slow typing is fine). If so, then you should consider the benefits of using TruckingOffice in your owner operator trucking business. It can make every aspect of your work easier, from billing clients to paying your International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) taxes.
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