Now that I have gotten into somewhat of a groove and I don’t have to run so hard, I’ve finally had time to figure out that I actually do like hot shotting a lot. I thought I’d make a listing of my four favorite things about this business.
The number one thing I like about hot shotting is the travel. Granted, most of it isn’t that exciting scenery-wise as interstate views usually aren’t so great. But since I normally don’t have a back-haul, when I’m heading back home I can, and do, get off the interstate and poke around here and there. Do you have any idea how many really interesting and pretty towns there are all over this country? From what I’ve seen over the past few months, there are quite a few.
The second thing I like about hot shotting is the challenge. There’s a decent amount of pressure involved in hauling time-sensitive freight, which makes me work harder to meet my deadlines. I’ve always worked better under some pressure, and my theory is that it’s because a little pressure keeps me more focused on the finish line.
The third thing I like about this business is the independence factor. I used to work in a very hierarchical business with a strict chain of command, and am thoroughly enjoying being my own boss. Yes, I do know that in business your customers are technically your bosses, but even so, they aren’t in the truck with me, don’t dictate anything except “get this load from x to y on time,” and what I do between those points and on the way back is strictly up to me.
And finally, the fourth thing I like best about this work is job satisfaction. I do get a very good feeling when I deliver a piece of cargo. I like calling the shipper and letting them know their cargo made it on time. I also like it when the receiver is excited that the item they need has arrived. It’s a simple thing really, but I do get a real nice sense of satisfaction from successfully accomplishing what I said I would do.