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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Companies to avoid?

If the company owns the tools (truck and trailer) and tells you where to go and where to get fuel and where to get things repaired, then your job does not meet the IRS rules as a contract employee. You are controlled directly by the company and therefor you must get paid as w2. 1099 companies do not pay their portion of employer taxes nor do they deduct employee payroll taxes federal, state, and SS. Your are not eligible for workman compensation insurance. Time employed will also not count towards unemployment benefits in most states either. The risk is just too high.

What those 1099 companies do is pass the burdens onto the employee to reduce their costs. They say all those wonderful things like high cpm and other stuff, buts its all a smoke screen to screw you over.

Remember to run from 1099, unless you own the truck and trailer..

I can understand how some of them may not be on the up and up. I’m sure there may be some gray areas but there are loop holes. The company I work for does not own their equipment. They lease everything. If the irs were to snoop around they may not like it. I don’t know. As far as workers comp goes I’m not worried about that as they pay 100 percent of my short term and long term disability insurance. They spend 28k on my insurance alone. I’m guaranteed 88k this year in pay for my first year plus the benefits. I would have to find a job paying over 100k to consider leaving. Even then I don’t know if I would as I really like where I’m at. Not all 1099 companies are bad. Especially when you agree just starting out as the bigger companies who take new drivers pay like crap.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Companies to avoid?

I don’t understand why the 1099 negativity. I’m 1099 but paid straight out of school $1500 a week salary. I drive 4 days and off Friday Thru Sunday. I have my health care, vision and dental for me my wife and kids paid for by the company 100 percent. That saved us $20,000 a year on my wife’s insurance alone. I got a $10,000 bonus which is paid out at $1000 a month for 10 months. They also pay 100 percent of my long and short term disability. 2 weeks paid vacation starting at 6 months. Plus other benefits.

I’d rather be w2 but with all that I’m ok with being 1099. I’m used to self employment anyway as I still own a construction company. 1099 means you take care of your own social security and taxes but I’ve been doing that anyway so nothing new

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Job offer!

Just finished my first week of CDL school here in Fort Worth. I’m going through a school. Let me know what you think about this opportunity! It sounds good to me but maybe missing something? It’s a dedicated run that starts Monday and home Thursday evening usually. So 4 days on and 3 days off. Straight $1500 a week salary, $1500 a week to train, $10,000 signing bonus, vacation after six months, paid health insurance for me and my family, and referral bonus. Those are the highlights. I’ve looked at a lot of opportunities and that seems to be a fantastic one. I have another offer straight out of school that might pay more but time off isn’t as good and they don’t pay for insurance.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting out companies?

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Out of curiosity, why team?

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Honestly because that’s how they run their company. It’s team only for the most part with Warrior Logistics. It sounds like a very good opportunity as they pay .76 cpm and average 5200 miles a week. It’s a Tuesday Thru Saturday schedule as well. Nice equipment as well.

I have heard that Millis won’t let you idle? How can you sleep in Texas in the truck with out idling? That may be a no go for me with Millis if that’s true?

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That 76 CPM is probably split, so 38 CPM for each driver, just as the 5200 miles per week is for the truck. Forced to team drive on top of that? I would keep looking.

38 CPM for 2600 each week is low numbers these days, unless you're going to be starting at a second chance company.

It would be 5200 miles at .38 cents. Or 5200 miles at .76 split two ways. That would be $1976 a week. That’s why I’m considering it. 100k a year sounds good to me

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Start Training in January

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Haha oh the irony! I was a football coach and teacher all over Texas! Own a construction company now. I have my reasons for wanting to do this! I also start with Millis in January! I look forward to meeting you!

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Joel,

Did you share your decision elsewhere? :( I missed it.

Hope YOU start (and continue, haha!) a DIARY!!

~ Anne ~

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No I didn’t! I have Millis lined up but didn’t know if there may be better opportunities that I’m missing lol

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Seriously, most paid training companies are similar. IMHO, Prime has the LONGEST training, SNI (Schneider) the shortest (less Trans Am.)

Millis is right in the middle; good choice, IMHO! As is, CFI. You could also look into Witte Bros. , a little known 'gem' of mine, haha! Put your location in your profile; would help usn's help YOU! :)

Did ya do this? : Apply For Paid CDL Training

Best wishes!

TxCoach ... WHERE YA GO ?~?

~ Anne ~

I’m from the dfw area in Texas!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Start Training in January

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Haha oh the irony! I was a football coach and teacher all over Texas! Own a construction company now. I have my reasons for wanting to do this! I also start with Millis in January! I look forward to meeting you!

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Joel,

Did you share your decision elsewhere? :( I missed it.

Hope YOU start (and continue, haha!) a DIARY!!

~ Anne ~

No I didn’t! I have Millis lined up but didn’t know if there may be better opportunities that I’m missing lol

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Start Training in January

Haha oh the irony! I was a football coach and teacher all over Texas! Own a construction company now. I have my reasons for wanting to do this! I also start with Millis in January! I look forward to meeting you!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting out companies?

Thank you gtown and Anne!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting Late in Life

Thanks for the welcome , been lurking a long time but never posted.

I worked for FFE previously and actually have nothing bad at all to say about them....I may go back to FFE , but I've recently been talking with Hirschbach , They have a terminal in the DFW area , nice trucks with a TV , satellite and refrigerators. and a decent sign on bonus

What have you liked about Hirschbach? I’m interested in them as well!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting out companies?

Have you looked at CFI? We have terminals in Seagoville and Laredo. We have opportunities in OTR, regional and dedicated. We train for free.

I have not! I’m in Arlington, TX though! I guess Seagoville isn’t too far away lol. Why do you recommend CFI? I have heard some good things about them

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting out companies?

Out of curiosity, why team?

Honestly because that’s how they run their company. It’s team only for the most part with Warrior Logistics. It sounds like a very good opportunity as they pay .76 cpm and average 5200 miles a week. It’s a Tuesday Thru Saturday schedule as well. Nice equipment as well.

I have heard that Millis won’t let you idle? How can you sleep in Texas in the truck with out idling? That may be a no go for me with Millis if that’s true?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting out companies?

So I’m considering a career change at the age of 54! I’m leaning towards Millis right now. I’m also considering going to C1 training here in Fort Worth and then driving for Warrior Logistics as a team driver. They are a Fed Ex contractor. I’ve also looked at ACT, Schneider, Steven’s, etc etc. Just looking for some advice as it seems I’ve got paralysis by analysis lol

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Starting Late in Life

First post on here! I’m 54 and am considering a career change as well. I’m so dang confused on who to start with and how to get my CDL! Company or go to a school? I think I’m overthinking it lol

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