This is an achievable goal, but before you pick out a new truck and kick your current employer to the curb, you need to ensure that your ducks are in a row and you have set yourself up for success in what is a highly-competitive business environment. In order to put yourself firmly on the road to success, there are a number of critical decisions and self-assessments that need to be made.
As you may or may not know, I am a year veteran trucker who has worked for more companies than I care to admit. So I will tell you straight from experience. First, let me clarify what I mean by good pay. Good pay is different for every driver. The truth is, it does matter where you live.
Both jobs deliver to the Chicago metropolitan area, and drive the same kind of truck. Of course, this was ten years ago when I knew this, so most likely the pay is a little higher now. But I wanted to mention this as an illustration to prove- it matters where you live and work.
Of course, the cost of living is a lot cheaper in Indiana too. So, all things being relative, it probably works out to be pretty close in the end. How do you find these jobs?
It helps to know the names of some companies in your area. Grocery suppliers are different wherever you go. So, it may be worth your while to talk to a grocery receiver at your local store. Just ask them who delivers their food. There are a lot of good paying local driver jobs to be found at grocery stores: I suggest going to your local large grocery store early in the morning about 7AMand just park your car out of the way, but where you can see.
Wait and watch by the back door that says receiving on it to see who comes. You will see potato chip trucks, snack cake drivers, bread route drivers, soda and beer distributors and more. Most of these are usually pretty good paying jobs, and the drivers are home every night.
Many offer health insurance, and other benefits. The best thing about most of them is- you make the big bucks, but get to drive a small truck. Who wants to drag a foot trailer around a big city? So, you see these drivers pull up to the store and get ready to make their delivery- go talk to the driver.
Most drivers are very friendly and will tell you whatever they know. Offer to help him carry it in. Ask where the company is, if they are hiring, how much they pay, etc.Free Trucking Sample Business Plans For inspiration, check out a sample business plan for a freight brokerage, trucking service, general motor freight trucking business, or truck stop.
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