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Atex Hotshot Training
Have you ever considered becoming a hotshot driver? It’s a growing industry with plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to take on the challenge. In this article, we’ll explain what hotshot driving is, how you can take care of daily business, and how you can position yourself to find high-paying loads.
Here’s a few benefits you can expect:
- Less expensive than starting an OTR semi-truck business,
- Most loads can be local if you’re not into being on the road for weeks,
- Get loads from freight brokers – no need to scour the internet for days,
- Move loads for customers who have an urgency to move their cargo,
- Use a family member to help with getting loads (dispatcher),
- Grow the business by adding on drivers,
- High profit potential IF you know what you are doing
First of all, what is hotshot driving? Hotshot drivers operate a smaller rig than traditional semi truck drivers, often a Dodge Ram 3500, a Ford 350, a Chevy Silverado 3500HD and they all pull a flatbed trailer to haul smaller loads that need to be delivered quickly. The smaller size and faster delivery times of hotshot trucks make them a popular choice for many shippers, particularly those with urgent delivery needs or small loads.
Taking care of daily business as a hotshot driver requires a certain amount of planning and organization. You’ll need to keep track of your expenses, including fuel, maintenance, insurance and any necessary permits. You’ll also need to stay on top of your scheduling to ensure that you’re delivering loads on time and maximizing your earning potential.
It’s called “trip planning” and the better you are at scheduling, picking up and delivering, the bigger paychecks you can expect.
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Many hotshot drivers have a dispatcher to find loads and dispatch the one or several trucks whatever the case may be.
One of the major challenges you may face as a new hotshot driver are the start-up costs. You’ll need to purchase a truck and trailer, as well as any necessary permits and insurance. However, once you’re up and running, the potential for high-paying loads can make it all worthwhile.
In addition to the start-up costs, you may also face challenges during your first several months of working as a hotshot driver. Building a reputation and finding consistent loads can take time, but with perseverance and a solid plan, you can overcome these challenges and build a successful business.
So why are hotshot drivers in demand? As mentioned earlier, the smaller size and faster delivery times of hotshot trucks make them a popular choice for many shippers. Additionally, the growing demand for same-day and next-day delivery options in the e-commerce industry has increased the demand for hotshot drivers.
To position yourself for success in the hotshot industry, it’s important to build relationships with freight brokers and shippers. By developing a good reputation for timely and reliable delivery, you can attract high-paying loads and build a loyal customer base.
In summary, hotshot driving is a growing industry with plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to get on the road or sit at home while coordinating a small fleet of trucks.
It requires careful planning and organization, as well as a solid start-up plan and perseverance in the face of challenges. With the potential for high-paying loads and a growing demand for hotshot drivers, it’s a great time to consider getting into this exciting industry.
If you’re interested in becoming a hotshot driver, we encourage you to sign up for hotshot training today. Our comprehensive training program will teach you everything you need to know to get started in this exciting industry. Don’t wait, start your journey towards a successful career in hotshot driving today!
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