Why Become An Owner Operator Instead Of Just A Truck Driver

Posted on: 22 August 2019

Are you currently driving large hauls across the state or country for a trucking company? While there are certainly some things you may like about your job, there are some downsides too. Long hours on the job aside, there are multiple reasons why it might be better for you if you were approaching this career from a different angle. To put it another way, how'd you like to finally be your own boss? Here's why you should start looking at owner operator driving opportunities today.

Go Where You Want, When You Want

One of the downsides of just being a basic driver for a trucking company is that you don't often get to decide where you are going or when. You are simply notified that the company needs you on a specific route and off you go. You also likely don't have a choice when it comes to what you are hauling behind you.

But when you seek out a chance to serve as owner-operator of your own company, you'll get to call the shots. You only have to take a haul if it's a good fit for you and your company. Even if it is a good fit, you can still opt to turn down a job if you feel like it. If you are too burnt out from life on the road, take a week or two off without worrying about getting in trouble with the boss, because you are the boss.

Grow Your Own Business for a Change

How many years of your life have you spent making someone else money? Sure, you get a paycheck too, but you are hauling cross-state or country in the interest of someone else's business. That can often be a large reason why it's hard to stay motivated over the course of a long trucking career. As an owner-operator, you make exactly as much money as you deserve. Put in more effort and watch your own business grow instead of just padding someone else's bottom line.

Try New Things

Some trucking companies like to stick to the same plan for years. Why fix it if it's not broken seems to be the philosophy. It might take a new innovation or piece of technology that could help you while out on the road years to actually make it onto your vehicle. As an owner-operator, you can choose to be at the forefront of changes to the industry, aiding you against the competition.

For more information, contact a company that offers owner operator driving opportunities today.