Small Companies..what To Look For?

Topic 22548 | Page 2

Page 2 of 2 Previous Page Go To Page:
G-Town's Comment
member avatar

It's not the worst thing.

No benefits at all. Plus you must also pay additional "self-employed" taxes.

How are they insuring you when you are on-duty?

What they are doing is illegal and they know it. You are in their truck, under their authority, moving their freight to and from their customers. Under the guise of the IRS, you are an employee and should be paid as a W2, not a 1099.

I'd run away from this. It's not above-board and likely the tip of the proverbial iceberg of unethical practices. Run...

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

I just thought of this and G-TOWN beat me to it. If you're driving their equipment, legally you are an employee, not a contractor, so the company is required by law to provide you with a W-2.

Cwc's Comment
member avatar

So.. the short answer about taxes is you get to keep roughly 70% of your .56 com and 30% of it is going back to uncle Sam. Sound like a good deal Still? You also get the pleasure of paying for any medical insurance and if you would like to retire well save some of that com.

Go to a big company. You have 6 months of experience want more per mile? Put the time in.

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Something to consider; if I include performance bonus my CPM is about 56-57. I am a company driver. Considering the additional cost, reduced benefits, and increased "ag" factor; their quoted rate sucks.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Slowpoke's Comment
member avatar

Chris, Again the membership of TT hits the nail on the head and gives you some very good advice, and I sincerely hope you have already closed that door and are waiting for the next door to open. I am certainly not against smaller carriers simply because they are small, and note that Chris absolutely did the right thing by asking questions and getting answers. Never be afraid to ask a company questions that help you in knowing that they establish a proper employee employer relationship. Be very wary of any company that does not wish to establish a proper employee employer relationship and ask yourself, if they are willing to play with fire when it comes to the IRS, how much more willing will they be to play with fire when it comes to other regulatory relationships? Further to that, how committed will they be to seeing you actually get paid for the work you do when they find themselves in cash flow problems? The answer is simple they wont care a bit, they will have closed the doors on the office in the name of ABC Logistics at 91b First Avenue and opened up their new office in the name of XYZ logistics at 91c First Ave. Oh and this will take place within minutes, however none of it will help you when you need fuel in Georgia to get your load to Ohio. No one will be answering phones because your company no longer exists and the former owners are way too busy calling the trade rags to place an advertisement for drivers at $0.60 per mile for the new XYZ logisics company....... Yep they really do this.......Beware. On a very sad note, I know far more people in this industry that have been burned by this type of operation than those people who actually considered themselves winners because of it. As a matter of fact I do not know anyone in the trucking industry who would say they came out better off for working in one of these "quasi-legal/illegal" plans.

Slowpoke

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris eff's Comment
member avatar

Well thanks guys for the great info. I watched a few videos and did see that under their circumstances they should be legally offering a w-2. Plus no benefits. I have a few other offers on the table and was going to go with western express but am now going to give PTL a try. Just in the next 6 months to a year i hope to find a company that will get me a little of everywhere. East coast, west coast, south, south east etc. But im glad i didnt bite the bullet.

Susan D. 's Comment
member avatar

Chris, you reside in Akron, correct? Check out West Side Transport. If you've got 6 or more months of verifiable experience , they won't send you with a trainer and I believe we're currently offering a $6k sign on bonus. We have a terminal in Columbus, OH.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Chris eff's Comment
member avatar

Thanks susan i do but am signing on with PTL.

Chris, you reside in Akron, correct? Check out West Side Transport. If you've got 6 or more months of verifiable experience , they won't send you with a trainer and I believe we're currently offering a $6k sign on bonus. We have a terminal in Columbus, OH.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Chris eff's Comment
member avatar

Well guys im glad i didnt choose that small company or even western express. Today i found out that im getting a small sign on bonus with PTL! Glad i went with my gut...

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Cwc's Comment
member avatar

Well guys im glad i didnt choose that small company or even western express. Today i found out that im getting a small sign on bonus with PTL! Glad i went with my gut...

Nothing wrong with Western Express. Ask Old School.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Page 2 of 2 Previous Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More