The trucking industry has seen a lot of growing pains recently. Chances are you have heard about the driver shortage in recent years, or maybe you have noticed prices going up on some of your favorite products. Alternately, trucking is also one of the most popular jobs in America. So what exactly is happening?
Since the e-commerce boom, companies are selling more and more of their products online instead of traditional brick-and-mortar. That means more people are shifting from buying from their local department store and are instead ordering them from a website. The economy has shifted and more drivers are needed to get products to their customers.
There is no better time than today to get starting in the trucking industry. Take a look at the new workflow products, job availability, and tons of perks that come with being a truck driver.
See the country and get paid
One of the obvious benefits of becoming a truck driver is the ability to see the entire country from your office. Driving freight sends people to every nook and cranny in the world, and it’s a great opportunity to get paid while scoping out the next place you’d like to vacation.
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Join a fleet and gain experience
Drivers who join carrier fleets can get a lot of benefits from the jump. Some carriers offer bonuses for signing on to the company, referring other drivers, even bonuses for staying with the fleet.
Also, there are companies who have begun offering free online college tuition to drivers. Spending downtime on the road expanding your mind and opportunities is a real way that companies can invest in their drivers.
Shipwell works with quite a lot of fleets by using their ELDs to track freight. Not only does this add value to your carrier fleet, but it also makes managing operations that much simpler.
Be your own boss
Truck driving is one of the only professions where you can own your own company, be your own boss, and have little to no employees if you want. Being an owner-operator means you get to book the loads you want at the rates you need, and that autonomy is hard to pass.
We work with several owner-operators who want to have consistent loads coming in, and a simple management system for their workflows.
Our platform has detailed information about each load, tracking, managed services assistance, and a messaging app for the driver to communicate with brokers and shippers for whatever reason.
Leverage tech to add value
Folks who love technology are in for a treat in the trucking industry.
While some see truck driving as an antiquated profession, introducing technology that provides real-time solutions can give the more tech-savvy drivers a competitive advantage.
Some truck drivers are hesitant to allow tracking in their trucks, but leveraging real-time visibility to a shipper can result in more loads. Shipwell wants to connect to your truck through an ELD or our native mobile app to provide shippers with real-time freight visibility.
Shipwell can provide tech solutions to make driving easier.
Now is the time to get into the trucking industry. A school in Colorado reported that 85% of its students have jobs lined up after a three-week commercial driver’s license training course.
Take advantage of a trillion dollar industry that is growing more by the minute and connect with Shipwell to give your truck a competitive advantage.