Making the decision to become an independent trucker can offer a promising career. Starting out will require a lot of hard work, but you can get started with little investment. You need a commercial driver’s license, a truck and a plan.
A trucker has to have a truck. Ideally, you might want to own your transportation, but when you’re just starting out, this may be too costly. Leasing a truck with the goal of saving capital for a down payment on a purchase later makes sense for the beginner.
- A Solid Plan
What types of goods will you transport and who do you want to work with? Ask yourself these questions and more, and put them into your plan. Also, have a plan for growth. The more you have in writing, the more likely you are to succeed.
Having your own company comes with liability. Choose the right insurance for your job. If you’re transporting fuel, you’ll want to purchase fuel tanker insurance. If you’re transporting goods, you’ll want to insure the size of your load.
Create a budget and determine how you’re going to meet your expenses each month. Maintenance, gas, communications, insurance and tolls will all need to be considered.
You will become your own manager, and as a manager, you need to be able to manage your business. Be sure you are up to the task.