Small Companies..what To Look For?

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Chris eff's Comment
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Was doing a job search and stumbled upon what seems to be a small company. The trucks in there ad dont even have a name on the door. They wanted a years experience but i only have a little over 6 months. Anyways i called them up and they are willing to give me a shot but just want me to take a drug test and short driving test first after they recieve the results of the drug test. They offer 56 cpm which is hard to believe (like whats the catch). But if they are as small as they appear i worry. I guess i keep my trailer at all times as well. I wonder what problems might occur working with such a company...poor maintenance? Hard to get road side? Easier to be swindled by the company? The equipment pictured is newer and i was told they have newer equipment. It feels like a chance i dont want to pass up even with my worries. The companies name is bond transport ir transit. Any advice?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Cwc's Comment
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Did they mention 1099 or W2? Yes less access to maintenance than larger companies.

Less relations with large customers so slow times might be really slow. As a general rule this site will steer you away from smaller companies.

The company I'm with has 150 trucks and I don't think I would go to any company that's smaller.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Most likely its as a 1099. I would avoid.

Chris eff's Comment
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Thanks guys im going to ask.

Cwc's Comment
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Most likely its as a 1099. I would avoid.

Don't forget the part where he said to avoid.

Cwc's Comment
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So they want one years experience and you have half of that and they are ok with it. You have to ask why are they so desperate that they are willing to take you with half they required time?

Turtle's Comment
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You also need to ask if they pay for all miles or just loaded miles.

Chris eff's Comment
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So i talked to the salesman/ recruiter haha and it is a 1099. So the worst thing would be paying my own taxes? Plus the hassle of having to keep my own paperwork together?

PackRat's Comment
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That would be all taxes and deductions: SS, state, federal, no workers comp, medicare....

NEXT!

Old School's Comment
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Actually, the worst thing is that it's illegal. Unless you own the truck, and are free to pick and choose which loads you haul, including from other companies, you are not an independent contractor. That's why they are paying on a 1099 basis. They are declaring to the IRS tha you are not their employee. They consider you an independent contractor. That has far reaching consequences, including who is responsible for missing or damaged freight.

Personally, I would consider it a big mistake to follow through on this job.

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