Employing Spouse In Trucking (non Driving)

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NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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This is largely why I have kept my mouth shut on this one. I watched my uncle, leased onto a very reputable cattle company, and my aunt, stay at home handling business, drive themselves into the poorhouse. Multiple times of almost losing the house. Multiple times of driver injury being the main factor. The model you are looking for, really isn't all that feasible in trucking today. One partner needs to remain working in a "normal" job with benefits and stability to mitigate the financial risks the other is taking.

It feels like you are chasing your grandfather's dream as the ideal, when the industry is no longer even the same as your father's generation.

My first question for couples thinking of going team is : Do you have a plan for the inevitable divorce?


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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David I did what your planning. I was leased onto QC at the time. We had 2 trucks on and they stayed busy.

What I found was the finding and hiring a driver. I interviewed many but none were up to the task. I finally found one, and that was a bigger headache than I wanted to deal with.

Dealing with tankers and haz is much more involved and it takes the right person to do it and do it well. You put on another driver and their actions are on your plate as far as the company is concerned. Remember with employee’s comes another set of bills, IE: Payroll taxes, workers comp ins, unemployment ins, etc. Before you go further I would check with your company and state to get an idea what your going to have to do.

Thats exactly what I was wondering if it was worth it or not. The plan is to have 2 guys I have known for about 5 years now take over the 2 rigs and while I will maintain my own. It will provide a decent amount of income for me while not having to hire guys off the road. Crunching the numbers is easy but I'm wondering if that amount of work is worth the amount of income I have came up with on paper.


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.

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