Hot shot trucking jobs are most likely owner-operators but their are company drivers, their units are smaller than semi truck and trailer. Also know as less than truckload (LTL). They usually consist of a one ton diesel (a gas engine won't last long) dually that pulls a 40-53 foot gooseneck trailer, flatbed, or stepdeck. The most common trailer is a dual tire, tandem axle with a 24,000 lb gross weight rating. You must carry a log book and stop at scales . You are a registered tractor-trailer combination and have to follow all the same laws and rules as semi trucks. Strict bookkeeping is essential to keep track of costs such as,fuel,license, equipment maintenance and insurance.
Leasing your truck, to a trucking company is the best choice. They take care of all the paperwork, billing, collect money, find the loads for you. You can expect that to earn about 75% of the freight charge and they will keep 25%. There will be other charges against you as well,your plates,insurance. You can expect to see about 65% of the freight charges.
You need to spend just a little time researching the many manufacturers and models before you purchase. Once you have all the information about the used vehicle that you need, you can make an informed decision about whether or not this truck is right for you. Information that you should look for includes price, condition, year/make/model, contact information for the seller and any other information that will help you to decide on your purchase.
Before you go out an buy that new dually and trailer, you need to figure out who you going to work for. You will want to buy a truck an trailer that meets the requirements of the company you are going to work for. Buying the wrong rig will limit the number and quality of loads your able to haul. Buy the most flexible rig you can, it will ensure you stay busy.
Some of the companies hiring hot shot trucking jobs are CDN, Airgas, Paschall Trucklines Logistics, Western Freightways, Blackhawk Transportation, Heico and Saia.