Why Do I Love My Job?

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ChickieMonster's Comment
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So today I was trying to install a new editing program on my 2 year old laptop. It had already taken a nose dive once on me, and today it decided to do it again.

We had already filmed all our footage for the newest Top Ten list (which is up, by the way. Y'all check it out!) and I got the dreaded blue screen of death. Again. And there was no fixing it this time.

So....

We went to Walmart and bought a new computer.

2 years ago, a purchase like that would have been a several month process of saving and scrimping to find the money to do it.

But thanks to this job, which doesn't seem like a job most of the time, we were able to just go buy one!

When I say this job has changed our lives, I mean it. We went from living paycheck to paycheck, barely able to make the money last longer than the week, to being able to make large purchase without fretting for months over where the extra money would come from.

I don't run exceptionally hard. I average anywhere from 2400-3200 miles per week. With my husband being disabled, a 0700-0500 schedule works very well for us. Obviously, if a load calls for it we change things up, but 90% of the time dispatch works with me to keep us on the schedule. (Another reason I love my company).

But in spite of all that, I've been very successful here and wouldn't trade this life for anything!

And on a side note: my YouTube channel is slowly growing and I'm having an absolute BLAST making the videos! It's something we've always talked about doing since we started trucking and I'm very glad we did.

What's your story of how this job changed your life?

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Gladhand's Comment
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Going from making 440 gross every two weeks, to grossing 1000 a week or more. To go from grossing 11000 in one year to netting that in 5 months or so.

Money isn't everything, but it was the driving factor for me getting behind the wheel. I have went from needing ny parents, to totally being able to sustain myself and because of this I will be able to finally move to a new place.

OTR trucking has been good to me, but the more I do it, the less I like it. I have seen and done cool things, but I miss having some normalcy in my life.

Thankfully the industry has a lot of different things to do, so I'll be able to change into a different driving position with out much problem.

Whether you want a career out of this or use it as a stepping stone for other endeavors, I would highly recommend to do this job. Sacrificing a year or 2 over the road is not hard and in fact time flies anyways. I am basically almost fully financially stable that I can get myself a place to live and a vehicle no problem, for that I am grateful for Swift giving me a chance to live a better life.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Big Scott's Comment
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First, Chickie, glad to hear you're doing so well. I love seeing this great country. The money is finally starting to get where we need it to be. Getting paid every two weeks has been a bigger adjustment then I expected. Next year CFI is going back to weekly pay due to high company request. A few days ago I drove through 5 states in one day. I went from Charlotte NC to Jacksonville Fla in just a few hours. My wife was surprised how fast I made it. Now I'm waiting for my next dispatch and the next adventure to begin.

Chris L.'s Comment
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For me the trucking lifestyle has been a big help on my finances. Spending so much time on the road makes it easier to save. I just finished paying off my credit cards this year and have a healthy emergency fund in place, and no car payment.

Live like no one so that later you can live like no one. Dave Ramsey quote.

Anchorman's Comment
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Live like no one so that later you can live like no one. Dave Ramsey quote.

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