Self Employed For 5 Years...is This Gonna Be A Problem?

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Kimberly A. (Desert Belle's Comment
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Well I've been reading as much as I can and I so very much want to do this. The only problem I have is I have been self-employed the last 5 years after being in the work force for 20 years. Is this going to be a problem getting into a company sponsored training program? I am waiting on a phone call from Prime recruiter to probably tell me what I don't want to hear. Now I am so bummed out. So do I need to go get verifiable employment for a time in order to pursue a driving career. Help!

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Well I've been reading as much as I can and I so very much want to do this. The only problem I have is I have been self-employed the last 5 years after being in the work force for 20 years. Is this going to be a problem getting into a company sponsored training program? I am waiting on a phone call from Prime recruiter to probably tell me what I don't want to hear. Now I am so bummed out. So do I need to go get verifiable employment for a time in order to pursue a driving career. Help!

Need to document.

If you were (for example) cutting lawns for cash - need to get some letters from clients.

If you were running a Sub-S or Sole Proprietor type of business - then tax returns and perhaps letters from clients.

I've been self-employed (IT work) with a Sub-S Corp. I have W2's and Personal/Corporate Returns for the last 20 years, plus my "references" are long-time friends/clients.

Let us know how you progress.

Rick

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Old School's Comment
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Kimberly, I was self employed for thirty years before I started this career. I had corporations, and so I had my W-2's because I was on the payroll. I thought that would be sufficient, but it wasn't, so I had to provide ten years worth of tax returns. You can document your self employment one way or the other. Like Rick said, you may have to have notarized letters from former customers, but it can be done. If you have tax returns that support what you were doing then that should be all you will need.

Kimberly A. (Desert Belle's Comment
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Lordy lordy....I have been selling on eBay for 7 years . My profit was so pathetic I am embarrassed to even have documentation. I guess it was more fun that profit. Are all companies pretty strict about verifiable employment? The only proof I have is sales reports. I was a fire alarm technician until 2010 then my husband wanted me to pursue the eBay business which I was pretty good at. I worked for 20 years before that. I got a divorce now I need a real paycheck. I am so bummed about this. I have wanted to drive a truck since I was a teen. I raised my kids so now I'm free to do just that...or at least I thought. Thank you guys for your quick replies.

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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I've been self employed for 18 years and am halfway through company sponsored school right now. Every recruiter I spoke to assured me that my tax returns with my Schedule C and Schedule SE would be sufficient.

Nomad Novelist's Comment
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It wasn't a problem for me. I'm headed for Prime on the 7th of March.

My recruiter asked for just 3 years of tax returns showing my name and the DBA I used; Form 1040 sufficed.

On the Prime Orientation packet, they say 3 years of verifiable job history in one place, and 5 years on a different page. My recruiter said my tax forms I used for her would be fine, but maybe have a couple phone numbers of previous clients going back 5 years (I was a web designer).

Because I'm paranoid, I went ahead and tracked down one client from 10 years ago, one from 4 years ago, and one from last year, and had them all write and NOTARIZE letters of recommendation / job verification. All of their websites I built are still online, too, so I should be cool.

In your case, as an eBay seller, something from your tax returns and maybe some invoices from sales should suffice.

Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Joseph D.'s Comment
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I know prime has more strict rules for previous employment. I couldn't get a pre hire with them because I didn't have proof of my employment. But I was getting paid cash. Roehl was ok with it but they had to contact my previous employer for verification.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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