Owning your own business as an owner operator can be an amazing experience. You get to make your own hours, you can travel locally or over-the-road, along with the added bonus of an unlimited earning potential. Owner operator jobs in Virginia and nationwide are set to grow at least 20% over the next few years and has an average salary of $100,000. As an owner operator you get to decide what kind of truck you want to drive. You can run reefer, flatbed and dry van to name a few! You can haul what you want where you want. The possibilities are endless!
What to Expect having a career as an Owner Operator
There are many responsibilities that come with having an owner operator job. You have to make sure you have the proper certifications, insurances, stay up to date on current laws and regulations, etc. Staying current on safety training is also a major component to being an owner operator. You’ll want to do your research when you are looking into different driving options. Since you are the boss be prepared to work long hours on a regular basis. Also, be ready financially to make sudden repairs on your equipment; the longer is it broken the less money you will make.
Benefits of an Owner Operator
Here are just a few of the many benefits that come with being an owner operator in Virginia:
Be your own boss!
You can make your own schedule
You decide what and where you drive
Unlimited income potential
It’s a great way to travel across the country
Types of Endorsements
Depending on what kind of owner operator you want to be, you may need more than just your CDL.
Here is a list of common endorsements:
HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials Endorsement)
Air Brake Endorsement
If you have specific questions, call your states Department of Transportation or visit their website. Here are a few other helpful links for CDL and other information: