Is this fishy or normal?

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Justin F.'s Comment
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So I made it a year and almost with 3 weeks left solo driving, I've managed 110,00k miles so far. Not bad for a flatbed rookie right? Lol. I have been offered a job locally that seems like a really good opportunity. However, my wife thinks it's fishy because of their eagerness to get me rolling. I was told that they want me rolling so they can keep up with freight. Seems legit right? They are an in house carrier for two companies and don't go passed 250 miles. Since this is still new to me, should I be alarmed? I've hauled for their one customer multiple times and their customer told me to inquire with them since I live so close. Figured I would get some input on the matter. Thanks in advance!

Parrothead66's Comment
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What seems fishy about them? Are they a legit company. Without more knowledge of the company it’s really a difficult question to answer.

Old School's Comment
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There's nothing fishy about a recruiter trying to strike while the iron is hot. That's Sales 101. If someone is showing an interest you want to get them before the next person does.

Local flatbed driving is very different from OTR flatbedding. More work, less driving. Look before you leap.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Justin F.'s Comment
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My wife seems a little alarmed by the eagerness. And they are doing 1-2 loads a day. Which honestly isn't bad. At least from what I've been told from other companies. And they are a legit company. Small but legit. Nice equipment too.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Nothing you've stated about the prospective company sounds alarming; they have an open position(s), you're well-qualified... of course they're going to come hard. On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being very little, 10 being a whole lot, how against the local job is your wife?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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In my short life if there's anything I have learned over and over again is that the wife is always right.

Disregard everything we have said. Your wife is right, always has been, always will be.

Errol V.'s Comment
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You describe a local company that's eager to get you behind their wheel.

Clarify this: will you be an employee with the usual paycheck deductions? (this is good) Or will you be paid cash, or did the number 1099 come up in conversation? (If so, say "no thank you" and run for the hills.)

Justin F.'s Comment
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Wife is probably a 2 against job. She understands that the one truck not running is probably the reason for their eagerness. And no 1099 or under table stuff has been mentioned

MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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As the saying goes, if it sounds to good to be true then is usually is. That being said, as everyone else has pointed out it just sounds like they've got an empty seat to fill and they thought you'd be a good fit.

As long as you don't sign a contract and you leave your current company on good terms, then there won't be any reason you can't just leave the job if you don't like it and go back to your current one. Is my thoughts on it.

Also, ask them questions if you're not sure or curious about something. Just don't wait to long or they'll fill it before you get a chance.

Bud A.'s Comment
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I took a local flatbedding job with a company a few months ago. They are a manufacturing company that runs two trucks. They were pretty eager to get me on board since one of the trucks hadn't had a driver for a while and I had the right background.

I wouldn't worry too much that they're eager to get you on board. Drivers with a year of flatbedding experience and a clean record are in demand. Just make sure to ask them about pay, benefits, time off, expectations (home every night? spend the night out sometimes? if so, how often?), etc.

As far as being more work and less driving, that's true. Sometimes I get a run to a job site and then deadhead back, but most days I do four loads. Usually I take one from our plant to a galvanizer about 100 miles away, bring back galvanized product to our plant, then do it again. None of the loads are tarped, so it's just strapping, but I will admit that sometimes I feel a little weary strapping and unstrapping that last load of the day. I'm getting old, though, so don't let that scare you.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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