The Owner-Operator Trucking Industry

Blazo Gjorev

July 20, 2022

Transport Network

There are many benefits to being an owner-operator trucker, such as having more control over your schedule. You also have more freedom to choose what kind of tires to use and what kind of profile to use. Unfortunately, most company drivers “cheap out” and buy cheap rubber in large quantities. Also, it can be expensive to buy a big rig. Most of the time, you must put down a significant down payment and pay monthly equipment payments.

Costs of running your own business

You’ll have to pay money to get your business off the ground as an owner-operator. There are a lot of costs that come with owning a truck. Depending on the truck, a new tractor could cost more than $100,000. Getting a trucking license from the FMCSA is another essential cost. With this kind of license, you are allowed to move goods for money. Common carriers and contract carriers are the two types of trucking companies. Common carriers let other people use their trucks, while contract carriers only haul freight for one company.

The costs of owning a truck vary significantly from one state to the next. Some states require drivers to have workers’ compensation insurance, but others don’t. No matter what the laws are in their state, owner-operators should save at least a quarter of their weekly income for taxes every three months. There are different kinds of professional services that can help truckers keep track of their costs. Schneider’s Buy Power program is one of these services.


Owner-operators in the trucking business need to know what taxes they must pay and how to figure them out. They no longer have a W-2, so they must pay their taxes. This includes federal, state, and taxes for people who work for themselves. Owner-operators should keep track of their business costs and tax bills to avoid getting fined. Then, they can talk to a tax expert to make it easier to do their taxes.

The FMCSA oversees the trucking industry’s safety standards, driver safety, and compliance issues. It is essential for owner-operators who want to keep their businesses running to keep up with these rules. They should also know about the International Registration Plan (IRP) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).

The cost of running a vehicle is a business expense that can be deducted. Fuel, license fees, and taxes for each vehicle are all part of these costs. Some expenses may require depreciation, too. Other costs, like association dues and magazine subscriptions for the trucking industry, can also be deducted. Drivers can also deduct things like computers, cleaning supplies, and business interests related to their cars. They should also keep track of the costs of any day trips they take.

Legal requirements

This is also a critical issue in California. The state’s lawmakers are thinking about making it harder for motor carriers to count owner-operators as employees. The U.S. Supreme Court has already turned down one case about this issue, but other states are considering making similar laws.

The owner must also have a CDL and a medical exam every two years. For example, some drivers with specific health problems may have to get a physical every year until they can control their blood pressure. The exam certificate must be in the truck so all drivers can look at it. Drivers must also have a DOT number if they do business across state lines or drive a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds.

Employment opportunities

Having your truck and starting a business as an owner-operator can be very helpful. You will keep a steady business flow, handling accounting, sending in tax information, and figuring out the net income. They spend long hours alone behind the wheel and have to deal with traffic jams, broken equipment, and bad weather.

An Owner-Operator is a trucker who works for themself, owns their own truck, and chooses the loads they want to haul. You can pick your routes if you own your truck, but you also have more responsibilities. You will be in charge of taking care of the truck. Owner-operators have to meet the same quality standards as drivers who work for a company. Most of the time, it’s up to these drivers to decide how to use their trucks.