Have you ever wondered if a semi-truck driver purchases their own truck or not? If so, the answer is that some do and some don’t.
When you get into the trucking world, you have two options. Either you can be an owner/operator or work for an employer who supplies your truck for you.
Let’s take a look at these two possibilities.
Just like any business owner, it’s possible to make more money than a company worker when you own your truck—if you run an efficient business.
You are also your own boss and will have more of a choice in picking and choosing loads. Your equipment is your equipment, so you can choose what you like to use, and you won’t have others messing with your settings.
Having said that, there are also more things to keep track of from billing to repairs. It’s a big investment to buy your own truck so don’t be in a rush. Take time and consider all the pros and cons.
When You Have a Company Driver Job
On the flip side, there are a number of marked benefits to being a company driver instead of an owner/operator.
You can leave the job behind when you take the key out. You’re not a business owner, after all. When it’s time to go home for the day, you can leave your job behind and focus on other aspects of life. That could include more free time since you won’t be worried about maintenance on your truck during your “time off”.
Your paycheck is yours; you get to keep all of it. No oil changes, insurance or maintenance costs coming out of your pocket.
So, think through it. Depending on which option you choose, the same high driving standards will be there whether you are hauling heating oil or a load for the local warehouse.