Team Driving Job Paying $0.70 CPM

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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1099 means you have no health care benefits, no 401k, no unemployment coverage, nada!

You will pay your own taxes quarterly. You have to estimate what your income for the next 3 months will be and pay it before hand. That means if you wait 3 months to get a baseline, you actually owe 2 payments. You are paying taxes for the upcoming quarter, not the past quarter. You pay ALL of your social security. As an employee, your employer has to pay half of your social security tax. As an independent contractor (1099) you get to foot the whole bill. Also most 1099's pay a higher rate; which shoves you into a higher tax bracket.

So in short, more taxes, more paperwork, more headaches and no bennies!! Who is still ready to sign that contract?

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Just like everyone has replied here it doesn't sound bad . Weigh all the options that are associated with this team position. Team driving doubles the miles thus increases the pay. What are your routes, OTR , dedicated, regional , etc? Benefits to be paid, w-2 or 1099, type of equipment, unloading involved? After you assess all the variables then make an intelligent decision that best suites you.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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Hello, I figured I would chime in... Just like some others have posted, there's not enough info. 0.70/mile team usually is split between drivers, or 0.35/mile each. For a company driver, its not bad. I was on a dedicated account out of Vermont, where I was making 0.37/mile, 0.02/mile safety, $15/stop, $20 assist unload which averaged out to 0.55-0.62/mile. I averaged 2100-2300 miles a week as a solo driver, and I was home every weekend for a reset. My last full year I averaged $52k....

For a independent contractor/lease op/owner op, I would rethink the 0.70/mile pay for the reasons stated by other posters, such as taxes, lack of workman's comp, insurance, etc.

I hope you find the job that you want...

Chris

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