income

Guaranteed pay making waves in driver compensation

Fleets are introducing plans that promise company drivers a minimum weekly pay. Will owner-operators be next to see the benefits from this growing trend?

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The feast or famine of owner-operator income, in good times and bad

With greater risk comes greater reward -- and potential for loss. Some results from Overdrive's recent compensation survey bear out the truism, with the largest shares of owner-ops at top and bottom rungs of the income ladder. Respondents' thoughts on market performance and income through 2018, too, show a similar dynamic.

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Flatbedders’ income again outpaced van, reefer haulers in 2018’s first quarter

No surprise for many owner-operators who have felt these numbers first hand: Net income for leased owner-operators and independents in the first three months of 2018 continued to march upward, with operators across all segments taking home more in 2018’s first quarter than the same time a year ago.

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POLL: How is your business’ income tracking so far in 2018 versus last year?

Owner-operators, weigh in on how well (or not so well) things have been going business income-wise thus far in 2018 -- this new poll asks how numbers have tracked through the months compared to the same time last year ...

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Telling ’em what you really think …

A new target for Calvin ... And checking in with a liquid bulk hauler who's seen some weeks recently that, strung together over an entire year, could easily net an owner-operator well into the six figures. How's business looking for the rest of the bulk haulers? ...

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Invest in inspections to save money, hassle later

driver stopped for inspection at scales

Roadcheck looms June 5-7. Gary Buchs contends most roadside inspections would be easily managed if more owner-ops and drivers did two very simple things: "Invest in full inspections with every PM and take the time to do walkarounds at every stop."

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Is ‘moving the hours finish line’ the right tack for change?

Owner-op Gary Buchs on hours-change potential, including recent bills and petitions: "People regularly pontificate about how much better trucking was with the old 10/8 rules and more sleeper splits. I’d challenge these memories somewhat with a reminder that we still got tired, and that the working environment for trucking was very different." ...

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Brian Hardman, broker of Fulmer Logistics: ‘Load boards are a gamble, for me and for carriers’

And more from Hardman, whose two decades as a broker follow time driving OTR, among other things. His business, built on close relationships with a core team of owner-operators, is the focus of the second installment in "Long Haul Paul" Marhoefer's "Faces of the Road" series.

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Podcast special edition: Lay of the land for owner-ops, by the numbers again with ATBS’ Todd Amen

This special edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast features audio from ATBS President Todd Amen's March 20 conference call for owner-operators outlining annual mileage, revenue and income averages from 2017, among other metrics, for segments among its clients -- with a look ahead through this year.

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Analyst notes potential offset to ELDs’ productivity hit

Todd Amen of ATBS predicts that the strong freight market, and with it owner-operator net income, will continue to grow into 2019.

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