Flatbed Owner Operators!

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Mr. Carrasco's Comment
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Quick question; I've been working independently for a year already doing flatbed, found this company that is offering me loads with multiple stops. Should I charge each stops as if it's a partial load? Example; 1rt stop a price, 2nd stop another price, etc.

Sid V.'s Comment
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For van it's just one rate from start to finish. Im looking for 100 to 200 per stop.

Of course you have to look at the entire trip to see what you'll be grossing. I need 4k a week to operate. A lot of those multiple stop trips only pay like 2k for the week because of the scheduling for the stops so I rarely take then.

Hope this helps.


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Old School's Comment
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Sid's point about timing or scheduling of multiple stops is a good reason to avoid those type loads. I do multiple stop flat-bed loads regularly, and you've really got to be good at planning and executing those things. I'll sometimes have as many as nine stops while going through 6 -10 states. My current load is five stops, driving through 7 states. Each stop is in a different state. If you don't plan these loads correctly and make sure it happens the way you plan, the delays can really eat up your time.

Are you a member of OOIDA? If not, you definitely should join. They can help you understand how to charge profitable rates for something like this. I can't give you advice on being an owner/operator. I'm quite content with my company driver status. I've been a business owner most of my life, and can't for the life of me figure out why people think owning a small trucking business is a good financial move.


We focus on helping new drivers make a good start in trucking. We don't normally advise people to be owner/operators. We have a few members here who are owners, but our focus is to help people understand the concepts and principles of success as newcomers into the challenges of getting started in this career.


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OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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