Every new driver finds him/herself in the position of having to decide whether to become a company driver or an owner-operator. Both opportunities have their pros and cons. In this post, we want to talk about the benefits of truck driving jobs with a company rather than working as an owner-operator. The benefits apply to a refrigerated trucking service such as ours, as well as other firms offering flatbed and dry van jobs.
Please keep in mind that this post is not intended to say truckers should not pursue careers as independent contractors. For some truckers, being self-employed as an independent contractor is the only way to go. We respect that. What’s more, the C.R. England values the many independent contractors who sign on to haul our loads.
Salary and Benefits
From our perspective, one of the most significant advantages of becoming a company driver is that of a guaranteed salary and allowances. Where the independent contractor has to rely on his/her business skills to get enough loads to pay the bills, a company driver is usually guaranteed work. Most companies offer a per mile pay, along with benefits that may include health insurance, a 401K plan and paid vacation time.
Just Driving, Thank You
Any self-employment opportunity carries with it the necessity to engage in standard business practices. Not only does the independent contractor have to drive his/her truck from one point to another, he/she also has to worry about things such as picking up new clients, filing quarterly taxes, ensuring equipment meets regulations, solving problems with unhappy customers, and so on.
The company driver has the luxury of leaving the business aspect of trucking to the employer. The driver is then free to enjoy driving without any of the hassles of running a company. For some, this kind of freedom makes truck driving very enjoyable.
Company drivers may be responsible for making sure their equipment is maintained while on the road, but they do not have to pay for it. All they have to do is make sure the truck is taken in when service is required. The employer handles paying the bill and working with the repair facility.
Independent contractors have to handle all service and maintenance issues on their own. This is true whether the contractor buys a rig or leases it. For drivers who do not want the headaches that come with maintaining equipment, working as a company driver is a better deal.
Be Sure to Look Around
As a refrigerated trucking service that has been in business for 95 years, we know the value of dedicated company drivers. We also know that we need to be as committed to our drivers as they are to us. That is why C.R. England works so hard to provide the kind of jobs that the industry’s best truckers are looking for.
We offer our company drivers a competitive salary and benefits package along with dedicated equipment. Each of our drivers is also assigned to a driver manager who makes sure things go well. We believe the opportunities we offer makes us one of the leading outfits in America for company drivers. If you are interested in becoming a company truck driver, we would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you.