Does This Sound Like A Good Business Plan?

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Linden R.'s Comment
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I haven't started truck driving yet (in fact I am not even 16 yet), but I have a buisness success plan. I just want some actual drivers who have done the job to see it. Here's the plan: So, first off I will join a dry-van company (exp. Western Express, Prime Inc., C.R.England) that hires un-experienced drivers for a good 3-4 years. Then, I will apply for (and hopefully get a driving job at) a car hauler company (probably United Road because 1. I live not even a mile away from a huge sea port where they ship Volkswagens, Volvos, Subarus, Hyundais, etc. And 2. Their closest truck yard is literally right down the street from me.), Work there for a good 4-5 years. And finally, buy my own car hauler and start a small O/O Trucking company (down at the port they are always using small O/O car hauler fleets for the cars) by hiring a few drivers with their own car haulers.

Sound like a good buisness plan?

Linden R.'s Comment
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And also, this is pretty much more than a dream at this point... I have looked into it so much (I have literally watched every "How to load a Car Hauler" video on YouTube) I don't have family who does trucking (my aunt, uncle, and other aunt's boyfriend all have their cdl and tried trucking for like a week and quit but still have their licenses) I know every trucking term, every highway (well I mean I can navigate anyone from Rhode Island to Virginia without map, directions, GPS, anything! I have studied maps ever since I was 2.) Every model of truck every type of engine, EVERYTHING! The only reason I want to do dry van first is because they're about the only ones who hire inexperienced drivers, so if anyone knows a car carrier who hires drivers with absolutely no experience, please let me know. But I have always admired what truckers do, always looked up to them, and always wanted to be like them.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Sound like a good plan to me! But first........GRADUATE High School, stay away from booze and drugs, keep your driving record squeaky clean. These things will be VERY important to break into this business. Oh yeah....... DO NOT get arrested for anything. Be a law abiding citizen. Any type of criminal record can be a deal breaker in this industry. Good Luck!

Linden R.'s Comment
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Sound like a good plan to me! But first........GRADUATE High School, stay away from booze and drugs, keep your driving record squeaky clean. These things will be VERY important to break into this business. Oh yeah....... DO NOT get arrested for anything. Be a law abiding citizen. Any type of criminal record can be a deal breaker in this industry. Good Luck!

Thank you for your advice! I am planning to start after graduating high school... and I will NEVER go anywhere near drugs, I won't even drink after I am old enough! I just want to get a good career going... I know some people personally who did trucking (not family like I said above, but friends) for a while, and their advice is this: "Do it while your young, have no wife or family, and no particular reason to be at home too often." Which makes some sense because then you won't quit because of homesickness or family... And my brother and sister are all for me being a truck driver when old enough, and I told them I would try to find a company that permits passengers so they can come along sometimes! I have read articles about how they sort of "test" you for the first 6 months or so, just to see if you quit too easily. But I think I would easily pass the test! Because believe me, when I want to do something, I get determined! (Like spending hours trying to open a tightly closed bottle of seltzer water when there is a fountain of normal water right next to me!)

Linden R.'s Comment
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And I am so dedicated that I already have over 190 hours of practicing on American Truck Simulator!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Linden, It sounds like you have a great plan and attitude! You will make a fine Truck Driver. BTW You sound like you are already heads and tails above your peers. Keep up the good work!

Linden R.'s Comment
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Linden, It sounds like you have a great plan and attitude! You will make a fine Truck Driver. BTW You sound like you are already heads and tails above your peers. Keep up the good work!

Yup! All my friends are saying "I want to be a NFL star quarterback!". But I tell them "It's OK to dream big BUT make sure you have some smaller dreams in mind, because things like NFL players are hard to achieve." I am the only kid I know who even likes anything to do with cars... me and my friends call me "CarCat" because I like cars and cats :) I at first wanted my own car company, and that is my BIG dream. But my somewhat easier job would be a trucker. But everyone else my age has one dream job, and that is something they will probably not achieve. Although they're all great football players (I wouldn't survive half a quarter without getting run over if I tried), they probably aren't quite THAT good. Point is, it's OK to dream big like everyone always says, but also dream small so you don't become broke and unemployed because all you focused on was that one thing. So I have about 20 different possible jobs lined up if I decide I don't like trucking :)

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Young man, you are the perfect example of the American Spirit.

I was really impressed reading your post. At a time when most of your peers are more concerned with looking cool on social media than planning for their futures, here you are busily making plans and preparing yourself to be successful.

I have absolutely no doubt that you will do what you say you will do, and do it at a level which far surpasses the typical truck driver.

I would say your "business plan" seems very solid. I like that you have already accepted the fact that you will need to put in several years as a company driver before you even consider starting out on your own. That shows patience, perseverance and good old common sense.

Have you considered starting out in flatbed? You sound like the kind of person who would enjoy it and excel at it. Plus it typically pays a little more, and you would gain valuable "load securement" experience to boot.

You have a bright future ahead of you. Keep at it and don't ever let yourself get discouraged. I know at that age it's easy to get impatient sometimes, but trust me, you have all the time in the world. If you invest in your future while you're young, it will pay off way more as you get older. And that's the path you're on now, so keep at it.

I look forward to seeing you out here someday!

Linden R.'s Comment
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Young man, you are the perfect example of the American Spirit.

I was really impressed reading your post. At a time when most of your peers are more concerned with looking cool on social media than planning for their futures, here you are busily making plans and preparing yourself to be successful.

I have absolutely no doubt that you will do what you say you will do, and do it at a level which far surpasses the typical truck driver.

I would say your "business plan" seems very solid. I like that you have already accepted the fact that you will need to put in several years as a company driver before you even consider starting out on your own. That shows patience, perseverance and good old common sense.

Have you considered starting out in flatbed? You sound like the kind of person who would enjoy it and excel at it. Plus it typically pays a little more, and you would gain valuable "load securement" experience to boot.

You have a bright future ahead of you. Keep at it and don't ever let yourself get discouraged. I know at that age it's easy to get impatient sometimes, but trust me, you have all the time in the world. If you invest in your future while you're young, it will pay off way more as you get older. And that's the path you're on now, so keep at it.

I look forward to seeing you out here someday!

I have thought about doing flatbed... I have been looking at companies who are hiring (even though I can't get a job yet!) Just to see who is often hiring and who isn't... and there are some flatbed carriers out there that have everything I want in a company... do you have any good suggestions for companies?

G-Town's Comment
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Young man, you are the perfect example of the American Spirit.

I was really impressed reading your post. At a time when most of your peers are more concerned with looking cool on social media than planning for their futures, here you are busily making plans and preparing yourself to be successful.

I have absolutely no doubt that you will do what you say you will do, and do it at a level which far surpasses the typical truck driver.

I would say your "business plan" seems very solid. I like that you have already accepted the fact that you will need to put in several years as a company driver before you even consider starting out on your own. That shows patience, perseverance and good old common sense.

Have you considered starting out in flatbed? You sound like the kind of person who would enjoy it and excel at it. Plus it typically pays a little more, and you would gain valuable "load securement" experience to boot.

You have a bright future ahead of you. Keep at it and don't ever let yourself get discouraged. I know at that age it's easy to get impatient sometimes, but trust me, you have all the time in the world. If you invest in your future while you're young, it will pay off way more as you get older. And that's the path you're on now, so keep at it.

I look forward to seeing you out here someday!

Ditto here

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