In my talks with many owner operators and potential candidates I come across many that want to be in the trucking industry, but don’t believe they can take the larger step to the path of Owner Operator. The reason for this is that many candidates for the industry focus solely on the negatives of the industry and not the positives. Being an Owner Operator in the transportation industry is one of the businesses that as long as you show up and of course the company that you are leased on with has the freight available, you have an income stream. Think about this as many traditional businesses you have a marketing program and possibly a sales force, the owner has to go out and get clients and continually be in marketing mode. As an Owner Operator you don’t have to do any of that, you just have to be available for work. No marketing, juts turn the miles. The biggest part of being an Owner Operator is controlling costs, but every business owner has that problem regardless of industry sector. So lets look at the positives of becoming an owner operator.
Income is available, this will depend on your market, but most companies are busy. You can create profits by building equity in your business through proper cost management. You know what equipment you will be driving day in and day out. You are your own boss and can create a legacy depending on the operation of your business. The business can be fairly inexpensive to enter compared to other businesses. You can see the country with no boss looking over your shoulder. The business can be passed down to other members of the family creating a family bond. So as you can see there are many advantages to becoming an Owner Operator or a driver. When evaluating the industry do it fairly and objectively and you will find it to be something that you can count on for years to come.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a business and leadership consultant for the transportation industry. More information can be found on his website at www.outridge.ca