This is so true and most people miss the boat on this one. I agree we all want to make money, but to sacrifice your health, family, or other personal treasures is really crazy. I have spoken to so many drivers in my career that spend all their time running aimlessly up and down road with no thought as to whether they are making money, hurting their family or worse. It’s one thing to pay the rent, it’s another to miss on life. If you are one of those without any planning take some thought as to whether driving that 500 mile load is worth your time. Put a rate on your time and you may find you enjoy life more and know here you’re going in your trucking career.
Are you a driver looking to increase your profits in the trucking game? Maybe you are an owner-operator trying to run your truck before it runs you! You need to treat every job, business as if it’s your own. That is the secret! If you are an owner-operator running your own truck or small fleet are you doing it profitably? I have seen so many guys do stuff like throw out a toll receipt in order to match their log book. What a silly way to make a buck. Think about it, you lie on a log book to run a few extra miles to make an extra buck. Then you throw out the toll receipt to match your logbook. Now that you’ve thrown out the toll receipt you can’t claim it on your taxes or books from the accountant. You sweat the whole time you drive the miles because you’re hoping you won’t get caught. You haven’t made any money. That tax receipt depending on your income situation out ways a few miles and you still have to log the miles someway so why not just run legal? Get the tax benefit, the miles, and a clear concience and legal logbook.
Professional drivers work smart not hard!
To add to the post I sent last week on investigating the different industries within the transportation industry lets take a look at the moving industry. Most people shy away from moving companies unless they are young, but someone in good shape may want investigate it more, especially a new driver. You can gain a lot of experience quickly and money can be made if you are professional and have good customer service skills. Usually to run long haul becoming an owner-operator is required to be with the van lines and you will most likely be paid by percentage. If you are interested in team driving there are many duties for a wife or partner to perform so working together may be an option. Your biggest downfall will be the workflow as the winter can be quite slow and summer very busy. My advice is to talk with an agent or the Van Lines directly to see if there is a fit for you.
Until next time,
Have you ever thought about how many different industries there are within the broader transportation industry? Hundreds, if not thousands! All have different pay scales, mileages, etc and that can be further disected by companies, locations, etc. If you are starting out in the transportation industry you owe it to yourself to investigate the different areas and create career goals for yourself. Your family and your pocket book will appreciate it. More on this subject next Tuesday.
Talk to you then,
Are you a driver wondering what is coming next with the new regulations for CSA 2010. The Federal Government in the U.S. has new rules coming out for carriers beginning July 2010 and they expect it to put a lot of carriers in a dire situation. Of course a true professional driver would be up to date on the findings. If you need more information on CSA 2010 then click here and read on.