Truck driving has a lot of opportunities for those who want to make a living on the road. Drivers are in high demand right now for transportation and logistics industries. Companies are in great need for skilled, qualified drivers to deliver and transport products as well as people to their destinations. For most drivers, they want to become an independent contractor.
Independent truck driver
Being an independent truck driver is like having your own business. You can belong to a fleet, or you can work alone. Being your own boss can be very exciting especially for the flexible time you put into work and the unlimited income you can bring home. Status Transportation is a company that wants good contract driver on their team.
Independent contractor drivers can haul logistics as a delivery driver. The only thing you will need is a class D driver license if the vehicle doesn’t have air brakes. If it has air brakes, you will need a class B license CDL.
If you are pulling trailers, you will need a class A CDL with an endorsement for double or triples or tankers. You will have to show a DMV report of your driving record and a vehicle report telling the company that it passed the emissions test. They will also make sure your truck has a way to communicate back and forth with dispatch. If you have all these, it will make for a great advantage.
Disadvantages and advantages
Being an independent driver has a lot of challenges; there is a lot of perks in this line of work. One of the most important is you are running your own business; you are your own boss.
You will be able to do your own work schedule and what route you want to follow as well as who you want to employ. Having more employees will make more money for you as well. Another advantage is you can take a vacation anytime you like and for as long as you wish, just as long as you take care of your other employees needs.
On the other hand, fuel maintenance will all come out of your pocket including parking and staying at a hotel if it is necessary. However, if you keep all your receipts, you will be able to deduct it from you taxes for that year. When it comes to having your own business, there are a lot of perks when you file your taxes; just about everything you spend out of pocket, you will get a percent of it back.