Maybe you have grown weary of simply driving the company truck for your motor carrier for many years now and want something more fulfilling Maybe you have newly found entrepreneurial desire and want to pursue becoming an owner operator. Either way, it is important to understand how to become an owner operator and what it entails if you are going to successfully begin this new phase of your career. At Berger Allied Moving & Storage, we offer an array of owner operator jobs for qualified drivers.
Here are some general steps for becoming an owner operator truck driver:
- Determine If You’re Ready for the Responsibility
Many truck drivers have probably thought about what it would be like to become an owner operator at some point. However, many also choose not to take that step up to another level for various reasons. If you are going to become an owner operator truck driver it is important to first weigh the responsibilities and the costs involved. Your responsibilities as an owner operator are going to increase significantly compared to working as a company driver.
- Obtain Your CDL
If you haven’t already, you need to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires more effort compared to a standard driver’s license. Along with the CDL, complete specialized endorsements, take and complete knowledge tests, and successfully take and pass roadway skill driving tests.
- Prepare for the Financial Investment
There are some other costs connected with becoming an owner operator. These include registration fees, weight taxes, and costs for licenses and endorsements. Maintaining trucking equipment, handling leases and loans, and having enough to pay for living expenses are some of the other underlying expenses associated with being an owner operator.
- Purchase Your Rig
Once you evaluate and determine the type of operation you are going to run, you can make an informed decision on purchasing a truck.
At Berger Allied Moving & Storage, we have owner operator jobs available on a regular basis. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To find out about our truck lease program and these opportunities, give us a call today at 866.959.6810, email Move@bergerallied.com, or fill out our pre-qualification form.