While all truck drivers share the same goals, all leasing companies do not. As an experienced truck driver, you’ve probably done your research on a company before considering becoming an owner operator with them.
After you’ve reviewed a leasing company and narrowed down to your top two or three choices, there are a couple important tips you should consider before deciding on which company to partner with.
In order to be a successful owner operator, you need to look at yourself as well as the company. You don’t want to underestimate the time and effort you’re going to put in as an owner operator, so for your own safety and wellbeing, preparing yourself for this trucking commitment is going to help you become a better driver.
Make sure that you are financially prepared for the costs that come with becoming an owner operator. Leasing with a company that offers discounts on items like fuel and tires will help you manage your finances better. You’ll also rely on your percentage of the loads you haul with the company, so be sure to look into whether or not these rates will change.
Your workload. If you’re someone who appreciates their home time or spending the weekends relaxing, stick with a company that will give you some wiggle room to make a schedule that is feasible for you. Getting stuck with a company that works you to the bone is only going to make your truck driving experience miserable.
Even with a lot of trucking experience, as a beginner owner operator, you may want to start out leased to a company. This way, you aren’t stuck dealing with all of the responsibilities, such as the permits, freight, trailers, and more on your own. You can focus on what you love: driving a truck.
As you anxiously review which leasing company you want to sign up with as an owner operator, remember to consider your own needs and wants first. Truck driving is your future, so you want to make sure that you are happy with your career.