Load Boards For New OO

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Norm S.'s Comment
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I have been a company driver for just over 2 years now for a large company. I am ready to make the move to OO. I am questioning how the load boards work. As a new OO, does the shipper see information on my experience and if they do, how likely is the shipper to ignore my bids and chose another truck? Does a new OO have to bid low to get loads? Does the board show what others have bid for the same load? Any other info is appreciated. Thanks

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Norm, not trying to be mean here but brutally honest. If you're asking that question, you are NOT ready to go O/O.

Errol V.'s Comment
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There's a forum at OOIDA.COM (Owner Operator Independent Driver Association).

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Old School's Comment
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I have been a company driver for just over 2 years now for a large company. I am ready to make the move to OO.

Norm, you make that statement as if that should be the normal progression of a driver's career. What makes you think that way? Or maybe I should ask what are the goals you have for yourself as an Owner/Operator? What is it that influences you to go in that direction?

Norm S.'s Comment
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Norm, not trying to be mean here but brutally honest. If you're asking that question, you are NOT ready to go O/O.

How do you learn without asking questions? Would appreciate an answer.

G-Town's Comment
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Norm I suggest reading the contents of this link: When is it the Right Time to Become an Owner Operator

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Norm, not trying to be mean here but brutally honest. If you're asking that question, you are NOT ready to go O/O.

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How do you learn without asking questions? Would appreciate an answer.

Trucking is an enormously complicated job. Being an owner operator , especially striking out with your own Authority, is three times more complicated. Here's Old School's article:

When Is The Right Time To Become An Owner Operator Or Lease A Truck? Never.

To answer your question about asking questions, it's like spending 30 hours in Microsoft Flight Simulator, then asking an airplane rental company if you could try a solo flight.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Norm OOIDA has a load board and they also tell you how to look for them. I have been doing a lot of studying off their site. Very informational and they are brutally honest. They do not sugar coat anything. Rober kiosaki says that if you are waiting for the right time to come, it will never happen but he also says you MUST be educated on what you set your mind to and you cant go out blind and expect to win. I would recommend you watch ALL of the OOIDA videos and then decide if you want to be an Owner Operator. It is expensive but as anything nowadays everything is expensive and PLEASE dont make the mistake of making the assumption that you will be rich in a few short years of trucking. You will be so very disappointed.

Not saying your making those assumptions or uneducated just want to warn you because running a business takes a LOT from someone in these days but if you dont mind the challenge go for it. I would stay a company driver for at least 3-5 years before swiming in the pacific ocean of trucking right away.

God bless

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Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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They do not sugar coat anything. Rober kiosaki says that if you are waiting for the right time to come, it will never happen but he also says you MUST be educated on what you set your mind to and you cant go out blind and expect to win.

Geez... That sounds exactly like what we've been saying for years. What an insightful way of saying there's never a "right time" to take that leap. I did read that correct didn't I? "if you are waiting for the right time to come, it will never happen"

The only exception I'd take with the latter part of that statement is the implication that if you're educated on what you're getting into then you'll succeed. There are a lot of drivers who are now company drivers who once were Owner/Operators. Most of the ones I've met were absolutely sure they knew what they were getting into. After three or four years of fighting the law of averages they came to the realization that being a company driver was the best way to go for them.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok then how did these companies like Knight, Swift, Prime, Roehl, Boyd Bros and other such companies ever get started if they never got started because they were waiting on the "RIGHT" time?

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