Owner Operator Truck Driving Jobs

If you own your own truck, you might be looking for a job that keeps you near your hometown or you might prefer one that lets you travel the country. Either way, driving as an owner operator gives you certain freedoms, but also extra responsibilities that those whose drive company-owned equipment do not experience. Here is what you should know when looking for owner operator trucking jobs.

Pros and Cons of Becoming an Owner Operator

If you have not yet purchased your rig, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before taking the leap. Owner operators have a great deal of flexibility and independence. You can generally make your own schedule, within the demands of shipment deadlines, and you can choose your loads and who to work with. You will also make a far larger share of profits from each load than you would as a company driver.

However, this flexibility does come with a price. You will not only drive, and perhaps load and unload, you will also have to maintain the truck and set up your own contracts. You are accountable for any mistakes, and you must always be concerned with growing your business and building your brand. You also need to be aware of startup costs, though there are a variety of funding options.

Top 8 Owner Operator Truck Driving Jobs

As the trucking industry continues to expand, companies of all sizes are looking for new owner operators to drive for them. Which you choose to work with is a personal decision, but here are 8 to consider:

National Carriers: Calling itself “the Elite fleet,” National Carriers offers generous income and benefits packages to owner-operators. The company offers year-round freight opportunities for over the road runs, along with generous mileage pay and pay for a variety of extras such as fuel surcharges, detention, stop pay, paid plates and permits, and washouts. In addition, owner operators pay no trailer expenses. National Carriers also offers company-paid cargo and liability insurance and excellent rates for a variety of other insurances.

Knight Transportation: Knight Transportation offers quite a few benefits to its owner operators. There is a lease purchase option if you do not yet own your truck, as well as business assistance for all independent contractors working for the company. Knight Transportation also provides a variety of discounts, paid deadheading mileage, low cost insurance, and no trailer fees.

Transport America: Transport America is a nationwide company that partners with both solo owner operators and owner operator teams. The company offers a competitive mileage rate, sign on bonuses, free Omnitracs MCP200 electronic logging devices, and a host of other benefits.

Barr-Nunn Transportation: Barr-Nunn is known for taking care of its drivers, and owner operators are no exception. The company pays all loads on the Practical Mileage Scale, and pays fuel surcharges for all miles. In addition, owner operators can earn a variety of bonuses, including sign-on, safety, and quarterly performance.

Trans Am Trucking: Trans Am Trucking offers sign-on and retention bonuses, as well as a high mileage rate, performance bonuses, paid plates and permits, stop pay, and more. With routes across the country, Trans Am Trucking can keep owner operators as busy as they want to be.

Schneider: Since 1935, Schneider has been an industry leader in trucking and logistics. Owner operators have the full backing of the company, including access to the extensive Schneider Purchase Power discount program. Those who have not yet purchased a truck can take advantage of lease purchasing or financing directly through the company.

J.B. Hunt: One of the biggest names in the trucking industry, J.B. Hunt has more than 50 years experience working with drivers. Owner operators have the flexibility to choose from the company’s extensive nationwide routes, including options for over the road or local and regional driving, and can take full advantage of the company’s buying power in the form of sizeable discounts. Voluntary health insurance is also available at a reasonable cost. Best of all, owner operators can choose the compensation model they like best.

CRST Expedited: With more than 50 years of experience in the trucking industry, CRST Expedited offers a variety of advantages to owner operators. Those who do not yet own their equipment can take advantage of the company’s vast lease purchase program. Owner operators are fully supported by the company, including a driver decision shutdown policy. If you want to earn even more, you can train student drivers, or even participate in the Train Your Partner program to turn your solo operation into a team.

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