Time Off: Trucker vs "Job"

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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.

Working the same amount
— As an reg employee

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.

Maximize Profits

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?

It’s called making a budget
— and sticking to it

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.

You gotta know your operating costs
— Don't forget paying yourself!

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.

Just as much time off
— 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.

Maybe you’re hung over too
— Been home for how long?!

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.

Pre-work out streching
— tarping, strapping, chaining...

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!

Somebody grab the tissues
— He's freaking crying

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.

It’s been swell
— But the swellings gone down

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.

Or not, no one wants to miss fireworks
— or food off the grill

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.

And it’s time to go home
— for the rest of the year

say, wha..?

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.

Time to go ho-ho-home
— Thanksgiving thru New Years

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.

Can You save it?
— 33% goes to the time off fund

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?

Working for Yourself
— Not having to beg for time off

Take off a week, then off seven weeks…