An owner/operator truck driver is an independent driver that contracts out to businesses for his service. Rather than working for a trucking company, you are your own boss when you become an owner/operator. If you are considering owning and operating your own truck, learning the steps involved can help you decide if this type of trucking career is right for you.
Consider Your Goals
One of the most important steps you should take before becoming an owner/operator is evaluating your personal and career goals. Do you plan to drive your truck for decades, or is truck driving a temporary career choice? Owner/operators are most often truck drivers who plan to stay in the business for life. If you are planning to change careers in the near future, you will be better off working for a trucking company until that time comes. Additionally, do you have a family you want to see every weekend, or can you spend days or weeks away from home while operating your truck? As an owner/operator, you may need to sacrifice time at home in order to make a profit. If you are concerned about getting home as often as possible, becoming an owner/operator may not be right choice for you.
Consider Your Options
Even as an owner/operator, you have the option of working with a trucking company rather than operating your truck completely independently. If you like making all the calls, you prefer working on your own to determine the contracts, hours, and miles you want. Alternatively, leasing your services to a carrier can hold benefits as well. You may be able to obtain a more consistent schedule and system of routes in addition to receiving fleet rates on your trucking insurance.
Whether you are interested in working for a trucking company or becoming your own boss as an owner/operator, DSW Arizona can help. We are a driver-friendly trucking company committed to providing rewarding career opportunities to truck drivers in Phoenix and Tucson. Check out our blog for more trucking news and tips or call (888) 266-7534 to reach us today.