Can I start a trucking business with a tractor and having a driver perform the work?

January 20th, 2012

I am planning to buy a tractor (large size) to start a business as an owner operator. My plan is to hire a driver to do the work.

First, as a clarification, if you put a driver on your truck, you will not be an owner operator. An owner operator is just that — an owner who operates his truck.

Yes, you can do what you want to do, providing you have the funds and knowledge. There are many, many things you need to know. Are you planning or getting your own authority, or leasing the truck to carrier? Do you know about licensing (business and equipment), permits, taxes (payroll and other business), and insurance for starters? Do you enough capital?

These are just a few of the things you need to know. There are hundreds more.

You should check out some trucking forums, OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association), and the blog "How to Become an Owner Operator and Make Money in Trucking".

Good Luck!

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  1. Pari says:

    Large trucking companies have widely offered online shipment tracking, allowing customers to check the status of their shipments at their convenience on services such as Swift Load Tracker, JB Hunt Quick Load Tracking, or Prime Load Tracing.
    Carriers have been hugely successful in using these systems to attract new customers, since shippers and consignees have come to expect the instant tracking updates that were popularized by FedEx and UPS.
    Tracking technology has been slow to trickle down to smaller fleets, as the cost of setting up and maintaining the infrastructure is typically in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
    Owner-Operators have suddenly turned the tables in the past month, offering their customers an online tracking system that displays the exact location of their shipments, along with images of the freight and shipping documents.
    How? Drivers are downloading “See It Ship,” an app that uses the GPS and camera built in to smartphones to create an advanced shipment tracking system that operates from the driver’s own phone.
    Drivers simply give their shipment a name, and their customers receive a link to a map that shows the shipment’s location, as well as any images of shipping documents or freight that the driver uploads.
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  2. ManofMoney says:

    First, as a clarification, if you put a driver on your truck, you will not be an owner operator. An owner operator is just that — an owner who operates his truck.

    Yes, you can do what you want to do, providing you have the funds and knowledge. There are many, many things you need to know. Are you planning or getting your own authority, or leasing the truck to carrier? Do you know about licensing (business and equipment), permits, taxes (payroll and other business), and insurance for starters? Do you enough capital?

    These are just a few of the things you need to know. There are hundreds more.

    You should check out some trucking forums, OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association), and the blog "How to Become an Owner Operator and Make Money in Trucking".

    Good Luck!
    References :
    A driver since 1967 and an owner operator since 1972.

    Blog: http://owneroperator411.blogspot.com/2009/02/owner-operator-411_3396.html

    OOIDA: http://www.ooida.com/

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