Starting an owner operator trucking business could be the smartest move of your life. The transportation industry urgently needs skilled professionals. This skyrocketing growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. So, if you’re looking at entering the trucking field, there’s no better time.
As with all things, however, it pays to do your homework before investing your time and money. With that in mind, here are some questions to ask yourself before opening your owner operator trucking business:
- Do you work well without direct supervision? Truck drivers must be able to get the job done without someone looking over their shoulder. The profession requires a mature, responsible attitude at all times; after all, you’ll be responsible for thousands or even millions of dollars’ worth of valuable inventory while you’re on a run.
- Are you okay with being by yourself for long stretches of time? Those who make their living with an owner-operator trucking business must be comfortable with solitude; or, at the very least, they will need a driving partner to help them pass the time. Fortunately, there are many ways to engage your mind while driving a truck. Radio stations, the CB, and even books on tape are all great examples.
- Do you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? If not, then can you afford to take between 6 and 12 weeks off from work to attend driving school? Keep in mind that even after you get your CDL, you should have a minimum of one year’s experience as a company driver before launching your own owner-operator trucking business.
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