Are you considering the benefits of trucking to determine if it's worth it? If so, you're in luck. Starting a trucking business is becoming increasingly popular due to the lower start-up costs associated with a class 3 truck compared to a class 8 long-distance semi-trailer. Plus, it's much easier to enter the world of trucks than ever before. However, you'll face fierce and consistent competition.
If you decide to jump to a semitrailer, it's important to increase your driving experience in a hot truck while your CDL matures. This will make it much easier for you to qualify for insurance. Hot freight loads are usually machines of some kind, such as agricultural equipment or construction machinery, along with vehicles and construction materials. Delivery times are usually short and routes are often local, but regional freight may also require interstate or long-distance travel.
The most efficient way for truckers to find hot cargo is through load boards. Carriers and runners use expert drivers to transport loads that wouldn't be economical to transport in a larger vehicle. Popular drivers often operate heavy-duty trucks with trailers instead of heavy-duty class 8 semis. If your base of operations is in a location where popular truckers are in high demand, the price you can charge will increase.
To get started, you'll need a pickup truck and some type of flatbed trailer to transport loads. You don't need particularly heavy chains because your weight will never be high enough to require something too thick. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from a career in the trucking industry and the amount of money you can make.