section of our web site has actual (email) conversations from
perspective drivers & Owner Operators that have contacted
our recruiters to see if their particular circumstances will
affect their ability to succeed as an expediter;
specific personal circumstances that may affect their ability
to actually succeed in this business, working with Expediters Wanted.
potential income earnings based on their specific personal
circumstances that may conflict with any expedite carrier
and to find out if they may cause job failure or limit ones
some or all of these to see if any of these circumstance
specific situations may influence your success in this business.
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in Wichita Falls, TX
I'd like to make around 40k a year driving someone else's cargo
van. You can put me into a fleet owners unit with Expediters Wanted.
You said a van driver in this example, would not make 40K
consistently. What if I did not care how often I came home?
do not have your own unit and want to be inserted into a fleet
owners unit as their driver.
has to earn your wages, the units operating expenses and some
profit for the fleet owner.
accurately say "for sure" (I have no crystal ball)
what you'll actually earn, but I can estimate an average around
$400.00-$600.00 and sometimes more, per week in a cargo van
as a driver (not an Owner Operator). Ultimately, this is decided
by your ambition, and business talent, your units capabilities,
where your staged waiting for loads, our capabilities etc..
some other factors, you need to connect a lot of dots to make
your business succeed, it's not just up to Expediters Wanted to flip
a light switch and bingo bango, you're a success: For example,
there are 96 Saturdays and Sundays a year.
do a lot of loads on weekends, especially Sunday's. Business
slows down considerably on the weekends, so lets use round
#'s and say 100 days (weekends) a year from 365 days is 265
days left to work. Then deduct 9 major holidays, sick days,
repair days, vacations, dentist appt's etc. and how many days
a year will you ACTUALLY work? Who knows.
said this, this is why I use averages but reference your ambition
and level of business talent. A big example to combat the
loss days of revenue for both yourself and the fleet owner
is to target 100 (or more) extra loads, during the year, somehow.
This can be done by working 1-2 Saturdays a month (sacrificing
home time) but filling your wallet from that void. You could
also push for 2 loads a day periodically as just a couple
of ideas. You have to be proactive, not reactive...........
you should stay out on the road for a couple weeks at a time,
avoiding a lot of dead head and unloaded miles, wasting fuel,
money and time.
are many angles to this, but if you loose 100 days a year
and do NOTHING about it (100 days is 3 months off a year,
not counting the other days) you could inevitably fail.
say "When your self employed, your unemployed".
My point is - if you make money it's your fault and if you
don't make money - it's your fault too! If you fail because
you have lazy business talent and can't figure out ways to
cover your butt and make sacrifices, you'll fail and probably
blame it on us (or the carrier you work for) and often I see
this. It's always easier to blame someone else...
the sacrifices will be
to deal with down time / in between loads
yourself so you can safely drive miles when they flop in
your lap unexpectedly
to accept that your an OTR driver and CORRECTLY balancing
your work schedule to make your wallet full and the fleet
that you may lose another 18 days or so in November and
December each year due to the holidays. You'll possibly
be off 11/22
thru 11/28 (Thanksgiving) and again 12/22 thru 1/5 (Christmas
after New Years Day) so you should adjust any home time
Sept. Oct & November - no days off, always available
to offset those
lost days. You'll have the same issue on vacations or during
yearly 2 week shut down, you need to juggle your schedule
it and compensate for it, for the peaks & valleys. These
are some of
the examples you can do to assure your survival.
lose a few Saturdays or your not home exactly when you want
be but remember, you can make it up during certain times of
and accomplish the same end desires - and pay your bills and
job loss. Think of the small business owner
- who has to work every weekend (when people are home &
off work) and has to crawl in tiny spaces and work around
other peoples toilets
Dept. Mgr. who gets home late after closing the (retail)
are a manager at and works every major holiday
carpenter who works in 90 degree heat and has a very laborious
job with heavy lifting
factory worker who stands in one spot all day in no air
conditioning lifting and bending
have no real job security, crappy hours and often poor
working conditions so you shouldn't complain if you become
fail to constantly adjust, you will most likely fail and you'll
even probably blame it all on us and insinuate we don't have
ability to perform miracles due to your deficiencies or in-abilities
run your business. Think about it!
in Elmwood, Il
I am looking for a job in expediting driving a straight truck.
I can team but want to be home on weekends, can you hire me?
I have a CDL B with 5 years of driving experience.
your looking to team in a big truck. Unfortunately, since
a big truck normally, requires a team at our company, your
home time requirements of "home weekends" can often
be un-attainable, based on the other drivers desire to continue
to earn more money and / or being too far to dead head home
one driver to drop them off, and then return back to their
house on Monday morning or having a family member drive them
to the truck location for the following weeks work. Our positions
are all, OTR.
and do, do this but only when it's practical and does not
involve excessive dead head. This will have to be repeated
for the units other driver periodically, so it has a tendency
to be a hassle. Again, we will participate and comply with
this, but it can't be when the units financial health is at
risk. If this happens, the carrier, the fleet owner and you,
will most likely fail.
Preston in Fort Wayne, In
If you are driving a straight truck under 26k, does Expediters Wanted company policy require you to have a CDL B?
If you could spec out a truck in the 1999 to 2000 year range, what specs would you look for?
If I decided to start out just hauling in a straight truck that is plated 26k, how much does this limit the freight that I will be able to haul?
Does the freight in the 26 to 33K range increase dramatically?
I guess the reason I am asking is because I am really wanting to get up and running within the next 3 to 4 week range. I know I can get a truck this week, however I have to give a two week notice for my current employer, plus I am guessing that it will take me a good week or so to find the best insurance, etc. I do not want to limit myself in the business what-so-ever, however everyone is saying under 26k is the best way to start out. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank You.
1) No, but you will need 2 years of experience. A chauffeurs license is fine, but if the truck has air brakes, you will need a CDL.
2) Under 26,000# GVW. Any box length from 18' to 24'. A sleeper. No lift gate. Box dims wide of 102" OD and tall of 102" OD. Dolly legs are helpful, there are some plants that require the vehicles to have them to enter their property.
3) The volume of freight for a 26K vs a 33K GVW, will be about the same, you will see no significant increase in the volume with the 33K vs the 26K truck.
4) Yes, stay under 26K.
5) Get a team, try not to drive solo. We have drivers that can co-drive.
||Jim in Belleville, Mi
I'm interested in becoming an expediter, but I want to be home
weekends, that would work best for me, is this guaranteed?
You can start with us in your unit, but there's a catch.
I can't guarantee, nor can you-where the wind blows you Friday night.
What if your 600 miles from home on any given Friday. Are you willing
to waste some of your paycheck on the fuel to get you there?
This is an OTR position. You can have home time when you want, but at
times, you may not be in your area and it may not be practical to go
home, due to the distance.
If your not within a reasonable distance on any given Friday, you can
go home but you will have to pay for that travel. Do you understand
this and agree to this?
Do you realize that when you do travel an excessive distance it will
be coming from your paycheck. Your doing this periodically will reduce
your income or, you should stay where your at. This is why this is an
Any OTR driving position requires a certain lifestyle in order to
maximize your profits. Any deviation of that OTR lifestyle will either
benefit or not!