There are quite a few advantages of signing on with a small trucking company, but there can be disadvantages as well. In a small trucking company, the culture will be very different from that of a large carrier, where you may be satisfied with some level of anonymity being just a truck number.

On the other hand, If you want the small business feel and a more personal relationship between you and your boss, then a smaller trucking company is likely the place for you. It can be difficult to find open positions, but an Internet jobs board, such as CDLjobs.com, can help. Here is everything you need to know.

What It Means to Work for a Small Trucking Company

Small Trucking Companies HiringAlthough every company is unique, large trucking companies tend to have their operations down to a science. There are policies and procedures for everything from the hiring process to making suggestions to requesting time off. This can be a good thing if you thrive on structure, but it can also make you feel lost in the corporate machine.

In a small trucking company, everything tends to feel a bit more personal. You will probably be on a first-name basis with the owners and managers. You will likely be able to give feedback directly, and to explain your case for a raise or a vacation. If you like to feel like an integral part of the operation, a small trucking company may be for you.

The flip side is that small companies tend to hire as few employees as possible. This can make it tough to find an opening and, once you are hired, it may be difficult to take time off. You might feel the pressure that is common among small companies, where there is either too much work or not enough, and you might be called upon to perform duties outside your normal scope.

Fortunately, at most small trucking companies, you will know where you stand. If the work dries up, it is usually easy to see the writing on the wall and you will know when it is time to start looking for a new trucking job. In a large company, you may have no idea that layoffs are coming before they start.

Protecting Yourself in a Small Trucking Company Job

If you want to work for a small trucking company, it is vital to do your homework. Research each trucking company you are considering to ensure that it is legitimate and financially healthy. Set your boundaries early and stick to them rather than taking on more work than you can handle. Learning to stay healthy rather than making yourself sick or depressed is very crucial to your success as a truck driver.

Outstanding Small Trucking Companies

While the decision of which carrier to choose is highly personal, here is a brief review of a few outstanding small trucking companies hiring drivers n the United States:

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, H&M Trucking has been family-owned and operated since its inception in 1987. H&M has grown from 60 trucks to a fleet of 260, but they have never strayed from their small trucking company family values. If you are looking for a financially stable company who cultivates a relationship with you, this carrier may be for you.

Named to the 2019 list of Best Fleets to Drive For, Halvor Lines works with several trucking schools across the United States to help aspiring professional drivers to earn their commercial drivers license and become fleet drivers. Leading the way since 1968, growing from  35 tractors to 475, Halvor Lines continues to be family-owned and operates with a continued commitment to small company values of respect and dependability, while reinvesting in the communities where they operate.

McCain Transport is proud to call North Texas home, offering a number of short, regional routes. McCain also offers OTR driving opportunities delivering freight across the entire continental United States and lower portion of Canada. This small carrier is reliable, professional, and its drivers draw from a combined 60+ years of experience. 

In 2005, Mike and Daniel Vuckovic started a small trucking company, MDS Trucking, in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Through hard work, what started as a small owner-operated company has grown exponentially and consistently into one of Midwest's premier trucking companies.

Q Carriers: Q Carriers has a regional fleet in the Midwest, and drivers are home at least one day per week. The company offers late-model trucks, most with automatic transmissions, sign-on bonuses, competitive pay, and a complete benefits package.

Simon’s Trucking: Simon’s Trucking features only late-model, air ride-equipped tractors, vans, and refrigerated trailers. The company pays for every mile, whether empty or loaded, and has one of the best maintenance programs in the business. With excellent benefits and referral programs, and your choice of route options, Simon’s Trucking is worth a serious look.

Updike Distribution Logistics is a true regional carrier servicing only the Southwest portion of the United States, including Arizona, Southern California, Northern California, Nevada and Utah, with terminals in each area.  With this driver-friendly trucking company, drivers will find they can run the miles they need without sacrificing home time.

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