Thinking About Dumping My Corporate Job

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FliteRisk 's Comment
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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and thinking about diving into the trucking industry. I am so tired of the daily corporate grind. I have thirty employees and just want to be responsible for me. Funny as it may sound, I just don't want to be the boss anymore. Thinking about starting with Swift. Anyone here ever go through this?

Jamie's Comment
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I believe two moderators on the site have been with swift for awhile, one of them is even an instructor. Im sure they'll reply, only a matter of time!

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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I believe two moderators on the site have been with swift for awhile, one of them is even an instructor. Im sure they'll reply, only a matter of time!

You would be correct. G-Town runs Wal-Mart dedicated for Swift out of their Pottsville PA DC and Errol V is an instructor at the Memphis Drivin Academy. They are two extremely top tier drivers with Swift and definitely two of the best people to give advice on here about Swift. If I was still new and drove with Swift I would want one of them as my mentor. 😀

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum!

I owned and ran my own business with several employees for 27 years, and felt largely the same as you. I simply grew tired of my success being dependent on others doing their job. Mostly I was just ready for a change though.

Now that I've been driving for a while, I wish I'd made that change much sooner.

Only you know what's best for you. Take some time to read through the wealth of information on this site. Join in the discussions, or create your own.

We have many successful Swifties here. They along with the rest of us will be happy to help you on your way.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Also you will want to check these out:

Especially make sure you read Brett’s book befor jumpin head first into this. It’s a legendary read and will give ya great insight into the industry.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
FliteRisk 's Comment
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Thanks for the replies. I will be looking forward to getting other peoples thoughts on this. Sometime all the money in the world cant make you happy. I have been on this job for 21 years. Its the only job I have ever had in my life. Im ready to try new things.

FliteRisk 's Comment
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Also you will want to check these out:

Especially make sure you read Brett’s book befor jumpin head first into this. It’s a legendary read and will give ya great insight into the industry.

Thanks!! already doing 3 and 4 on the list. I feel like i'm going to like this place!!!!!!!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Definitely read Brett's book. It will give you a realistic view of the life and the career guide has a lot of great info.

Turtle's Comment
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Sometime all the money in the world cant make you happy.

Indeed. Trucking was a pay cut for me. However, the experience has been one I thoroughly enjoy. You can't put a price tag on that.

Just do your research and be sure what you're getting into. Just like anything else, it's not all puppies and rainbows.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard FliteRisk!

There's a lot of folks in trucking, and in this forum, who've done exactly what you're considering. I myself was "the boss" for many years before jumping into this very independent career of truck driving, and I am loving every minute of it. The characteristics that make an individual a successful manager/boss/supervisor have a strong correlation to success in trucking.

Trucking is an ideal career for independent, self motivated type people. They are generally the ones who thrive in trucking. This career is no cake walk, as I'm sure you can figure out by reading some of the whiners and complainers online. It is very rewarding for those who enjoy overcoming obstacles and solving problems. It has many daily challenges which is something I really need to keep me motivated. I consider it a career that is really well suited to those who have either been self employed or in positions of authority where they were the "decision maker."

You may enjoy reading this article that addresses some of the Similarities Between Truck Driving And Being Self Employed.

Again, welcome aboard, and ask all the questions you like. If there's one thing we do well here, it's help folks who are new to this get their minds wrapped around some good solid information about this career. There's a lot of information online concerning trucking, unfortunately most of it is mind numbing, outright falsehoods, and contradictory. We specialize in the truth - I think you'll find it refreshing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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