Oregon Owner Operator Jobs
With the rise of trucking in many parts of the United States, lots of shipping, manufacturing, and retail companies are looking for reliable trucking companies to transport their products. If you're willing to work hard and build your business while driving a big rig, becoming an owner-operator in Oregon may open up your career opportunities! As an owner-operator, you may be able to set your own hours, take on business management tasks, and explore the industry.
As an owner-operator, your career may follow a different path than a company driver's. You need to create your business, start getting clients, and make sure that you are paying your business bills while still keeping customers happy. Because of all the startup work involved, you may start out with a lower salary but earn more as time goes on. Per O*Net, light truck drivers in Oregon earn an average salary of $29,600 per year. O*Net notes that heavy truck drivers bring in an average income of $37,600 per year.
Rather than looking for trucking employers in Oregon, you'll spend your time looking for trucking clients. Clients that may hire drivers include manufacturers, retail stores, agriculture companies, and shipping companies.
Before you can begin working as an owner-operator and advertising your business, you need a valid CDL. Since you'll be working as an owner-operator, you can choose whichever license class best fits your schedule, goals, and driving needs. Oregon gives Class A, Class B, and Class C CDLs. However, the higher license class you have, the more vehicles and loads you can transport. As a result, getting a Class A license may give you the most freedom in your career. The Oregon Division of Motor Vehicles notes that Class A drivers can drive multi-trailer vehicles, while Class B drivers are restricted to single-trailer vehicles.
The first step is finding a trucking school. In the first part of your trucking program, you complete your classroom training and get ready for your written test. At that point, you can go to the Division of Motor Vehicles, take your written test, and get your learner's permit. After getting lots of driving practice, you can take your skills test and get your CDL.
When you have a CDL, you can start the process of beginning your own business. The Oregon License Directory provides you with the paperwork you need to become a licensed business owner and legally operate as an owner-operator.