I got home a short while ago after completing my first independent hot shot run. It was actually a lot of fun, and I feel great!
My first customer came from the flyers I sent out. They called yesterday out of the blue and booked a quick run to Arkansas and back. And didn’t even blink when I gave them my price. Talk about an entirely different experience from leasing! What was I thinking anyway…
Oh well, that’s the past and this is looking very, very promising. I didn’t even have to hook up the trailer. Just hopped in the truck, ran 350 miles, settled in for the night at a nice enough motel, then picked up my cargo first thing this morning and beat feet back as quick as the law (and slow-pokey drivers) would allow.
And I got back 2 3/4 hours before my deadline. I hope this means they’ll call me again. What a sweet job that was.
I think this could become addictive.
Without the trailer my expenses went way, way down as I averaged 15 mpg on this trip as opposed to 6 with a loaded trailer, and 11 or 12 with the empty trailer on the way home. Makes quite a difference! It was also a lot less tiring not having to watch the trailer the whole way. I didn’t realize how much stress that adds to a run.
While I know every job won’t be this easy and stress-free, it sure was a nice experience. And hopefully those flyers will get me another customer or two so I can stay busy with this type of quick trip, high priority, light-weight, ‘need it now’ cargo.
Now that’s what I was talking about!