Ohio Owner Operator Jobs
If you've ever wanted to own your own business, have you considered becoming an owner-operator in Ohio? Owner-operators enjoy the best of business ownership and working as a truck driver. You can own your own business and truck, set your own routes, and set your trucking rates. However, becoming an owner-operator does require quite a bit of work and preparation. Read on to learn more about the state's expectations for owner-operators.
As an owner-operator, your salary may be affected by a number of factors. You might earn more if you aggressively market yourself, dedicate yourself to longer routes, and serve an area where there are few trucking companies. Per O*Net, the average salary for a light truck driver is $28,400 per year. O*Net also reports that heavy truck drivers earn an average income of $37,700 per year.
Though you won't be looking for job openings at trucking companies in Ohio, the job outlook can be a good gauge of the industry. In the decade from 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates a 3% increase in light trucking jobs. For heavy truck drivers, O*Net predicts an 8% increase in jobs.
Getting the right training is an important part of starting an owner-operator career. Before you can even start your own business as a truck driver, you must earn a commercial driver's license from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can attend truck driving school and complete the classroom part of your training. Once you have completed this part of your education, you may go to the BMV, take the written test, and apply for your instruction permit. You can then take your instruction permit back to your trucking school and complete your behind-the-wheel training. You'll likely need a Class A license if you want to take on as many clients as possible, since a Class B or C license may restrict the clients you can serve.
After you have your commercial driver's license, you can start the process of applying for your business license. The Ohio Department of Business can provide you with the paperwork you need to apply for a business license. You'll likely need to provide proof of your insurance, a business plan, and proof of your commercial driver's license. With your CDL and your business license, you can begin your career as an owner-operator.