Once you have earned your CDL, it’s time to begin searching for the perfect trucking job. There are many options available, including becoming an independent owner/operator truck driver. As an owner/operator, you can choose to purchase your own truck, or lease a truck from a carrier when you begin work.
Learning the Ropes
One of the major advantages of leasing a truck early in your trucking career is the opportunity to observe a successful business in action. Beginning your career by working for a carrier allows you to experience what it is like to be a truck driver and get to know the nuances of the business without putting your personal finances at risk. Working independently means you must handle every aspect of your business, which can be confusing and frustrating if you are new to the trucking industry. Easing your way into the industry and observing how your employer makes decisions is a good way to familiarize yourself with the system and concentrate on expanding your experience as a driver before you strike out on your own.
Steady Work and Pay
As an owner/operator, you are responsible for finding work. Depending on your preferences and abilities, maintaining regular work can be difficult. By choosing to lease a truck from a carrier and work under a larger employer, you will have greater job and financial security. Working for a carrier means you will receive regular routes and miles, regular pay, and often company benefits that can save you money as well. Furthermore, you will not be responsible for the cost of upkeep of your truck or its licensing. Letting your employer handle these aspects will also save you time and money, while ensuring you and your truck are always qualified to work.
Whether you want to own or lease a truck, the first step in a successful trucking career is attending an Arizona CDL school for training. HDS Truck Driving Institute offers new and refresher CDL courses for truckers of all experience levels. You can reach us by phone at (877) 205-2141, or by filling out our web contact form.