Apr 14 2016
You have been searching for a new career opportunity for a long time and finally, after much deliberation, you have decided that becoming a truck driver is the way to go. You love the idea of being on the open road, the freedom that comes along with trucking and all of the exciting experiences that can be had while driving a truck.
Instead of just becoming a truck driver, becoming an owner-operator of your own truck is an even more rewarding. There are many owner-operator companies out there and they offer great opportunities, even for those who are new to the truck driving industry.
If you’re serious about becoming an owner-operator of your own rig, here are some tips that can help you find success in this industry when you are first starting out:
- Don’t refuse a load, especially when you are starting out. The more loads you take, the better your image will be. If you want to make a good name for yourself and prove your worth, you’re going to want to take as many loads as you can.
- Bring food with you. Snacks that are easy to grab while you’re driving are an excellent idea, as you won’t have to stop when you’re hungry. You can also bring food you can prepare along with you. Stock a cooler with food to cook and a crock pot. You’ll be able to make home healthy meals and you’ll save yourself a good bit of money, to boot.
- Be prepared to take jobs that more experienced drivers won’t want to take. When you’re first starting out, don’t be surprised if you have to take overnight shifts or work on a few holidays. Eventually, you’ll build up your reputation and you’ll be able to get better jobs.