Time Off: Trucker vs "Job"
calm down & take time off
What if I told you that most hotshot drivers work 34-38 weeks per year?
That comes out to about 250 days per year.
Compare that to an employee at a “regular” job.
They also work about 250 days per year.
How to maximize your OTR time and revenue…read on.
By now, you will have read all about freight season. The highs and lows of the load volumes and rates. You didn’t?! Go read it now!
So, by now you also know when the best time is to take off and be home…and when you need to hustle and earn them Benjamins.
Make a plan, Stan.
Plan to work during the highest paying weeks
And take time off during the lowest paying weeks. Makes good sense, right?
PUll out that calendar
You want to make the most money and have the most time off, right? This is how you do just that.
Here’s the easy part.
Most hotshots can work 34-weeks a year and make their profit. Same amount of time as a regular job.
Knowing the freight seasons & planning your year
Let’s start with January. First week is generally a bust anyway, ‘cause shippers/receivers are still hung over from the holidays.
OTR is just that, over the road
Let’s get ready to roll..
Second week of January, get yer butt back out there. I know, you been off for quite awhile (if you followed this plan), but it’s time to get rolling again.
If you went out for, say, two weeks and wanted to go home every other weekend…many of you don’t live in the freight lanes. This means, for each load to/from home, you’ll likely take a revenue hit. That’s four loads a month at a lower rate, and 4-days off a month.
It’s possible, but not as profitable.
On the other hand, if you went out for three weeks, you’d only have two loads a month at a lower rate. And you’d have 7-days off a month.
Twice as long home time, and more money in your pocket. Not to mention, a full week off, rather than a weekend. Who doesn’t need that?
Ok, so if you go OTR for 3 weeks - oh my god, I can hear you whining from here!
Then, go home for 1 week.
Why a week? Well, the idea of being off for just a weekend ain’t gonna really cut it. You need to decompress from the road. You need some real time out of that driver’s seat.
Plus, every time you try to get home and get back out there, you take a hit. A revenue hit. Minimize those hits and take more time off!
Road, Rest, Repeat
Been off for a week? Time to repeat the cycle.
You’re basically gonna keep chugging away at a 3-on 1-off cycle.
the Heat of Summer
As you know, summer is high freight season. So if you want to work more than 34-weeks per year, this is the time to throw an extra week in. Stick it in June or July - the hottest freight market time.
I know, you’re getting tired
Well, you my friend, have gotten your 34+ weeks of work in & done by Thanksgiving!
That’s right. It’s now the lowest/slowest time of freight season.
That’s right. GO HOME. From Thanksgiving all the way until the second week of January.
You’ve gotten your weeks of work in. It’s time to go ho-ho-home.
If you planned your year, made (and stuck) to your budget…you got it made.
Caution: Do Not Use this Plan if you Can’t Plan your Money
If you’re planning on working 34-weeks a year, that means that you’re socking away a solid 33% of your money for the weeks you’re off.
Get yourself a savings account, put that money somewhere you can’t see or use it on a daily.
Self employed means paying your own damn vacations
not quite 1/3 each, but close
should pay you to be off 18 weeks per year
Do you want to see what each month looks like? Take a look HERE.
Guess what, being out for 3-weeks at a time almost always earns more than the same number of days broken up.
What regular job would let you take a WEEK off each month, and just about TWO MONTHS off every year?!
You work for yourself. Isn’t this nice?