Pros and Cons of Hot Shot Trucking

Hot shot truckers are freelance truck drivers. Hot shot trucking transports smaller and time sensitive loads. These loads are often light to medium and hauled by Class 3 to Class 6 medium-duty trucks. Hot shot truck drivers typically work close to home. Some are willing to cross state lines or even drive across the country. Common loads for hot shot trucking: construction materials, farm equipment, and heavy machinery. Like any other type of trucking, hot shot has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a list of the pros and cons to hot shot trucking.


Pros Of Hot Shot Trucking

  • The start up costs to be a hot shot truck driver are much lower than long haul company drivers.
  • There is almost always work and you won’t have to wait long to get it.
  • Hot shot trucking can pay just as good or better than heavy duty trucking. Because of the demand for the loads to be delivered quickly, hot shot truckers are able to find steady work.
  • You get to spend more time at home because most of the work is local.

Cons Of Hot Shot Trucking

  • You are always on the search for new jobs.
  • You are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep for your truck.
  • If you live in an area where hot shot trucking is a common career, then you may have difficulty finding a job.
  • You have to grow your client base on your own.
  • Certain season might affect your ability to get loads

Like any other type of trucking, there are pros and cons of hot shot trucking. Although hot shot trucking is competitive and unpredictable, there is a way to make good money and have a successful career.

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