As in any business, you must have certain resources and experience. But you also need:

– Capital. You will need to buy a truck and get all the necessary documents. And for this you need to have money, this is obvious. In addition, you should have “backup money” in case something does not go the way you expected.

– Commercial driver’s license and other documents. Having a truck does not make you an owner operator. You need a class A driver’s license, a DOT number and your own credentials to operate as an independent driver. For details, please contact the US Department of Transportation.

– Enough experience. Must have at least 2 years experience in freight forwarding. Without experience, you will not be able to perform your duties professionally.

If you don’t hire workers and choose to drive the truck yourself, make sure you’re in good health and capable of being on the road for a long time. In addition, make sure you know all the high level traffic rules in accordance with the laws of the countries in which you intend to work.

A royalty free image from the trucking industry of a truck driver using a cellphone and tablet computer in front of semi trucks

If you decide to become an owner operator, be aware that there are only a few companies that work with start-up entrepreneurs. But if you actually show that you are a competent driver, then your business can grow rapidly.

Remember that building a reputation as a reliable owner operator takes time and effort, but the end result is a stable job with a high salary.

For everyone who wants to start a trucking business, we have created a course for future dispatchers and those who plan to open a transport company in the United States.