Truck driving is a well-paying job that allows for travel and plenty of alone-time. Not to mention the opportunity to listen to as many podcasts as you like. If you’ve been driving the same old drag for awhile, you might be looking for something a bit more exciting, or for some bonus cash. What can you do?
Become a Freelancer
There are plenty of online platforms that provide load-matching services. Warehouses and businesses can post their loads and drivers can sign up to pick them up and deliver them. You can usually search by equipment type and state. Anything from tankers to grain haulers can find a gig. You are essentially making your own schedule, so you can be home when you choose and drive the routes you prefer.
If you’re looking for higher pay, you will probably have to take on higher risk. Ice road truckers can make much more than the average trucker, and during a shorter season, but they drive in remote places with tough conditions. These jobs are typically found in northern Canada. The same goes for those who are willing to go overseas and carry loads in war-zones like Afghanistan or Iraq.
Own Your Own Truck
If you’re sick of working for the man, why not work for yourself? You could choose to become an owner-operator, whether that means buying your own truck or starting up your own network. Keep in mind that this will require a considerable investment and that maintenance costs can be high. If you go about it carefully, you could come out on top. You might not even have to be the one driving anymore.
Truck driving can be an empowering way to make a living, even if you don’t have a college degree. There are multiple ways to move up the ladder if you desire to do so. Spice up your life on the road!