If you are a company truck driver you have Actual Money. I defined this by the fact you will be paid locked in amount. This gives you sense of security, because unlike a owner operator you don’t have to worry about losing money on tires or breakdowns. Most people in America are paid this way. I like this because it’s safe or is it. The truth is that not taking risk may give you a good sense of security it just that a sense. You could be fired at any minute or the company could go bankrupt. The truth is that if the brokers or sales department falls apart your job is gone. This is why I always keep a company in my back pocket. I also make sure that I find out as much as I can about the company business plan, so I can spot when things go wrong. You see the truth is that, you are not in the trucking business, the trucking business really doesn’t exist. The truth is that truck drivers work in the warehousing business.
Years ago the role of truck driver was being done by boats and wagons, not trucks. Trucks came about during the Industrial Area. Warehouse needing to ship items to sale is a trucker bread and butter. This being said, feel safe. Think about it, the minute a cheaper way to do it comes along we are gone. Truck only exist because it is easier to have a truck driver pull to the back of a store than a train or boat. The reason I am saying this is because it is important to understand how and why you get paid.
Brokers and Sales people that work for your company are the people who control your life. The owner operator who takes more risk has the ability to have some say in the control over there life. They have the potential to make more money. Because we know that the trucking business dose not exist, that means that the set pay that company drivers get paid is done to keep coast low for brokers and companies. The owner op who is on a contract were they can negotiate there prices or is paid by percentage will benefit from higher prices that broker and sale people may get. This potential company drivers can’t get. I some time think about how much money did I got screwed out of for my 33 cent per-mile when I started. Also I don’t own a truck. If I had got a truck back when I started I would own it by now or may be two potentially, but not a guarantee. I am not telling you that you should go out and get in to a lease contract but I am saying that in the warehousing business the big money is not made playing it safe. The money in any business is not were the people with weekly guaranteed pay checks work, it’s the sales men and women who will make the big bucks. I know I could lose but I also could win and so could you. Check out the video I did on this