Considering Schneider Ic Choice. Advice?

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Steve L.'s Comment
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I misinformed you guys, i apologize. Dallas, tx and fort collins, co are the two major areas i would like to frequent. I live in mid michigan. I know schneider has a big customer close to my home and an OC in Dallas but Colorado doesn't look good. My major concern is Dallas. There are parts of the country i want to see, the northeast being one of them but I'm not sure if i want to experience it in a truck lol i know if i want to make money, i'l have to be out for a few weeks then take time off. I was thinking of staying midwest except for runs to Dallas and if i find good loads in and out of other parts. I didn't plan on using my business as a travel agency, i was just saying the freedom to go to those places and be paid to go intrigues me.

Are you planning to keep your current home location? You could ask to run loads out of Gary, In and west. I did a few loads two years ago through Colorado, down to Phoenix and back. Across Oklahoma too.

Schneider doesn’t usually send you across country as a solo driver, but if you request it, sometimes (as they did with me) they’ll give you a series of loads that get you where you want.

If you’re interested in northeast, you could ask to run some loads out of Carlisle, PA OC. I also did that. Plus I ran some loads from Gary, In to upstate NY. Heck, they even sent me to Long Island right after a major snow storm there. It was okay, parked onsite overnight and when I left the next morning (about 4) road workers were very accommodating.

What you want can probably be done. You just have to be creative and patient.

I hope this helps.

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Pete B.'s Comment
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I misinformed you guys, i apologize. Dallas, tx and fort collins, co are the two major areas i would like to frequent. I live in mid michigan. I know schneider has a big customer close to my home and an OC in Dallas but Colorado doesn't look good. My major concern is Dallas.

You would certainly be able to take home time at the Dallas OC; as others have said before me, it's just a matter of communicating to your DBL (driver business leader) your intentions. It's a two-step process: 1) put in for 'time at home;' 2) let your DBL know you want to change your park location to the Dallas OC. There's plenty of freight going to/from Dallas, so it won't be a problem.

It's where you were considering going the IC route that raised the red flags; no one has yet to introduce to this site a successful model of driving as an IC. Read Old School, G-Town, and others' suggestions about the perils of driving as an IC. Add to the already near-insurmountable obstacles placed before you the condition of selecting routes/loads based on location rather than profitability, and you have a recipe for certain failure.

Good luck to you, stay safe out there!

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