Solo In Few Days. But Flatbed And Online School?!

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R. Picante's Comment
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So I'm at prime doing this extra stuff that they want. Get my truck in few days. Eager to set it up and get my 39" tv in there lol. I've already started today on one thing I've been trying to get started. And hope later this year start up my first small business. Which leads me to my all important questions. I do flatbed but has anybody done online classes. I'm thinking may just aim for my Masters in Business Administration. And when I get it leave this trucking thing and go on with other projects I want to do with my life. Thanks for any input!

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The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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So I'm at prime doing this extra stuff that they want. Get my truck in few days. Eager to set it up and get my 39" tv in there lol. I've already started today on one thing I've been trying to get started. And hope later this year start up my first small business. Which leads me to my all important questions. I do flatbed but has anybody done online classes. I'm thinking may just aim for my Masters in Business Administration. And when I get it leave this trucking thing and go on with other projects I want to do with my life. Thanks for any input!

It will depend on how hard they run you. It's doable, but if you're running all hours it might be more difficult. If you get every weekend off (like some flatbed companies, then it would definitely be doable.

Dave

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Rico, I've always had a lot of interests and I pursued some over the years while driving. Of course I used to read like mad. But I also learned a lot of computer programming from the road.

One time I came off the road for a year and went to school for Harley Davidson mechanics and welding. Did that for a bit but liked trucking a lot better and came back.

There's time to pursue some online courses, do research, and things like that. I don't know about having the time for an MBA or running a small business. That would depend on the pace of the course and the nature of the small business.

But there are a ton of people in trucking these days that would rather like to end up somewhere else. I think trucking is a great opportunity to make some decent pay, have a fascinating life on the road, and act as a jumping off point into other things. If you're motivated enough to consider an MBA or starting a business then I'm sure you'll have no problem finding ways to get the ball rolling while you're still trucking and move on to new things when the time is right.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Rico, I've been in business for myself for years. My recent business adventure has been an online music store My BA degree is in Philosophy - a pretty 'generic' degree. This is a forum about trucking, but after reading your post, I wanted to share a thought. Unless getting the degree is something you'd like to do for yourself (as an accomplishment), or if it is a must for whatever business you'd like to start, I'd suggest you really make sure you'd actually need that degree. Different schools have varying programs, some better than others. Personally, I think a lot of business graduate degrees offer a decent amount of fluff, or stuff you might not really need in the "real world," especially if your goal is to work for yourself. Of course I had an excellent mentor in lieu of a business education.

All education can be good education, but sometimes a degree becomes an expensive piece of paper you have framed on your wall. Depending on the school you're looking at, you could be spending a lot of money, and that's money that could be used for start up capital. I don't know what kind of business you'd like to start, or what you're interests are, but I wanted to offer my 2 cents. I've known a lot of folks get degrees that wind up becoming debt without a return. I'm not anti-education either ;) I"m sure my knowledge on existential angst from my BA degree in Philosophy will serve me well at driving my rig ;) Hope I didn't come across as nosy with my unsolicited advice... I've got a soft spot for self-made entrepreneurs.

BEst of luck to you.

R. Picante's Comment
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Yea I'm not much a fan of school. I was learning more on Associated Degree just so I can be more prepared you know. But I love this job and I sure do want to branch out and do other things in life

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I didn't want to discourage you from going to school, just wanted to offer some food for thought. I'm looking forward to starting my career in trucking, and plan on doing it long-term. Then again, you never know what the future holds! All the best to you :)

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