Dollars & Sense

Kevin Rutherford

Why be an owner-operator?

  • mickal

    Ben when you say trucking companies do you mean two trucks or two companies?

  • JAFO

    I started out at Swift and became a road warrior with no life for 10 years.

  • Steve

    A few days ago, I met an owner operator who works for a moving company. He shared with me that he makes a high six figure income which quickly got my interest. The down side is he is gone a lot of the time. I would like to ask for some insight on the company but am not sure if it is acceptable to provide the name. I am retired from the Navy and am looking for my next career and need professional insight/experience to base my decision on. Thank you. Steve

  • Luis Flores

    Hey ben am a central driver i drive as a team ..i want to know if you can give me more information of your company… and if you need team drivers.. we are here :)

  • Jeff Beagle

    Ben I’m looking to become an owner operator. I used to be a company driver over 15 years ago but switched careers and ready to go back to driving which I used to love but I gave it up because of a marriage but I’m single again now and can go back to what I loved doing only this time I want my own truck. Still have my class A with every endorsement except haz mat which I dropped because heck I wasn’t using it and the extra cost didn’t make sense at the time.
    Contact me at I’d be interested in signing on with you as a lease operator . I miss the open road.

  • maloney trucking

    hi ben,
    i’m buying a 2012 ftl on Tuesday. I’ll be leasing a reefer out of Ma. I don’t mind going without. I want to grow the business. I originally hail from NH and want to end up there with a couple trucks and drivers for them . I would drive till retirement. then I plan to just run the operation . been making cold emails and such to try and line up direct clients. then plan on letting my performance speak for itself. any advise you can give would be greatly appreciated.
    john maloney
    maloney trucking llc.

  • Stephanie Pasquarella

    My husband and I could really use some advice. Wanting to take a leap of faith this year (2015) but being that we are a one income family its a bit scary. Could you email us at

  • fasteddie

    Hi I’m planning to buy my own truck and I needed to know what are the steps in doing so? Do I register my trade name with the state and get my EIN number so I can open up an business account. The next step is buy the truck etc….. Thks My email is

  • 20yeartrucker

    REALLY????”No. 1 usually is to make more money. Then it’s
    more freedom, less hassle, fewer rules, etc. If your answers sound like these,think again before you proceed.
    The top reasons for getting into business should be the challenge of
    accomplishing the work, starting a new venture that will give you the opportunity to make more money and create a better life for your family, and the opportunity to build a business model that allows you to make more of the choices that affect your life.”
    Then it’s more freedom.= smart choices, then you are on the right path. UMM, Freedom is choices right?
    You do realize your #1 question and you’re reasoning is the same thing right?
    HUMM!!! HELLO..
    “No. 1 usually is to make more money = opportunity to make more money.
    Then it’s more freedom, less hassle, fewer rules, etc. = And create a better life for your family, and the opportunity to build a business model that allows you to make more of the choices that affect your life. Again, choices is freedom.

    LOL. This is the first time I have ever seen some one start a forum and in the first two or three paragraphs shoot themselves in the foot by contradicting themselves. Your fist paragraph as to why not to be an o/o, and the second paragraph as to why be an o/o is the same thing.. You go tiger, very
    informative.. LOL

    I don’t mean to sound like an a$$ but did anyone proof this? I don’t
    mean any disrespect and maybe I miss understood the whole thing. If so please except my apologies.

  • jorgev

    Hi there I’m George n I been trucking for about 10 years but considering in becoming a oo but kinda iffy about it I been with my company for 5 years and doing about 55-60k a year should I become a local oo ???

  • shaqatl1

    hey sir, I am currently still in the active duty military and i have obtained my CDL class A, hazmat and tanker endorsement. But i only have military expierence, but i am currently registering into a truck driving school. i want to be a company driver, then own my own truck, then start up my business. I would like to get in touch with you about the process i have to go through and make my goals successful. i can be reached at

  • m.t.

    i am wanting to own my own truck and place it with a complany n make some money i also need to know the do n don’t ?

  • lakeisha hairston

    hi my name is Keisha and my husband wants to become an owner operator so we’re looking at the pros n cons. I would appreciate any input that you might have.

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