What Should I Do? Wait To Afford School Or Find A Training Company?

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Old School's Comment
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Rick, I think you missed this...

I meant to say a month.. Lol
Chris's Comment
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You don't have tonrun your clock all the way down to make money.

Here's my pay breakdown which is going to be pretty close to swift pay:

first year pay



Not bad! I made roughly $4200 gross a week self-employed right now, sometimes was sometimes more just depends. My biggest thing is my gross just can not go below 3400 a month. I am 23 with a lady and a 1 year old son. Thank you for the link!


It's an interesting perception here.

Many folks get into trucking as a 2nd or even 3rd career - or running the last decade or so before actually sitting on the porch and retiring.

Most "trade school type" jobs - start at WAY LOWER for entry-level/journeyman type work. Many others pretty much TOP OUT at what trucking STARTS OUT for an entry-level first year recent grad type job.

That's not too shabby.

You're grossing $4,200 A WEEK (as in $218K a YEAR +/-)? Any particular reason why you're bailing on a self-employed scenario, to make 1/4 of what are are currently making?

Not being mean - just curious? There's a lot of reasons why folks jump out of careers that are more profitable and into trucking. BURNOUT is the one of the main reasons we see here.


I meant to say a month, and there isn't an edit button :/ lol! However, I am bailing on my current career path because of the hurt that it brings. I am an in-home healthcare giver, I work 8 am to 10 pm, 5 to 6 days a week with whatever client I am with. I build relationships with these people and it's been really really hard for me when it's their time to go. It wasn't so hard at first, but after you've lost 20 of the clients you've built strong bond with it becomes very hard. On my off days, I'm not really off mentally, I'm not there with my lady and child, my mind is constantly racing, it was never that way when I worked in a straight forward job where life loss wasn't a regular factor.

Watching people come to health is great and full-filling in the time, but also watching other degrade slowly and sometimes miserably is terrible and heart-breaking.

It's not that I'm not mentally tough, I am very much so mentally tough, I'm the guy who never felt the urge to cry at any family members funeral, the guy who could show empathy without feeling like I owe anything.

I look at trucking and see a way to have lots of responsibility, have the peace and alone time I need, but also actually having my mind there when I am with my lady and child.

It's not about the money 100%, it's more about a life change. Something that's completely out of the realm of anything i've ever done while being able to escape the mental stress that a job such as caregiving/in home healthcare brings.

Hopefully I make sense.

- Chris

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