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5 Ways Independent Contractors Can Find Consistent Trucking Jobs

July 9th, 2012

Independent Contractors must constantly be on the lookout for work if they intend to earn a good living. Fortunately, there are a number of avenues to help these drivers find work on a consistent basis.

Recruitment Companies

Recruiters like Careers In Gear and 1099 Trucker run websites dedicated to helping truckers find work.  These websites regularly list independent contractor trucking jobs for those who work as independent contractors. Recruiters do all the research so that new leads are continuously being updated. Clickable links to some of the carrier’s websites are provided to make the application process much smoother.  Drivers can sort by the type of job they would like:  regional, national, or local hauling.

Direct Contact with Motor Carriers

Some drivers find independent contractor jobs simply by contacting a motor carrier.  There is often a steady amount of work available in these cases, so independent contractors do not need to look for work from multiple sources. Applicants can contact a motor carrier’s recruitment department directly to let them know of their availability and to see if the company would be a good match. Many agencies require a background check and drug screen much like they would if hiring an employee.

Online Load-boards

For independent contractors with their own motor carrier authority, Internet load-boards are another avenue for jobs. However, these sites generally list specific loads rather than companies who are looking for drivers. Fresh leads are provided by site owners, and these leads are removed once an operator claims that particular load.  Drivers can often choose criteria such as a start and stop location or the overall mileage required for a certain haul. Some of the most popular loadboard sites include getloaded.com, directfreight.com, truckstop.com, dat.com and 123loadboard.com.

Local Networking

Many people still find independent contractor trucking jobs the old-fashioned way: networking in person.  Drivers can talk to truck driving schools in their area to see if any instructors are aware of any special needs a vendor might have.  Independent contractors can also talk to shipping managers at local warehouses to see if they have a need for drivers to handle special loads. Networking with other independent contractors can also be useful, as drivers who have plenty of work often pass leads on to their colleagues who are seeking loads to take advantage of.

On the Road

Many motor carriers announce job availability by advertising on their own trailers. As such, some operators may be able to find leads by looking for these advertisements while they are on the road. These job advertisements are usually very brief and may be something along the lines of “looking for drivers”, “independent contractors wanted”, or “loads available” followed by a telephone number to call for additional information.

Looking for work in the transportation industry is a job in and of itself.  This is especially true for truck drivers who own their own rig. Since a driver’s pay normally depends on the number of loads he or she hauls, knowing where to go to find independent contractor trucking jobs is essential for any independent truck driver.

Posted on July 9th, 2012 in Independant Contractor Trucking