Define wealthy. Can you put a number such as annual gross income to your definition? My standard of living has improved over the last 2½ years. As for people living paycheck to paycheck, that's a common occurrence no matter what the annual income. Its more of a spending beyond one's means. Where did you get this little nugget of information: " the number of people living paycheck to paycheck is increasing all the time."? Even the MSM is grudgingly admitting that unemployment is the lowest in years and wages are up.
Define full capacity. Maximum weight? Maximum hours? Maximum volume? I'm in a van and have been since 1997. Over the years I probably average 10 -12 load offers a year that come to me while on a load. So yeah, I wait for loads. I knew that coming into this niche market. If you weren't aware of the nature of expedite freight, especially van freight, then I understand your problem. [/QUOTE]
You suspected wrong. My very best years in this business were the first couple years of this century. During the latter Bush years and all of the Obama years I learned to adapt and still be profitable. If you lack the basic business acumen to only break even, don't blame the President. Try to examine and separate your hatred for Trump the person and Trump the President. Also, take some personal responsibility for your situation or pray Bernie/Biden to become your savior in 2020. [/QUOTE]
Coming from you and some of our past exchanges here, I detect a lack of sincerity. It comes off as: "Hope it continues for you and you choke on a sandwich and die."[/QUOTE]
First of all, I was speaking of running full time (and I suspect that you knew it) with no waiting over one day as it was for several years for me. I understand what you are saying about the earlier years as I have heard that from a lot of people including a trucker friend of mine.
Also, I started in 2011 back then compared to now the rates were far better. I made more money during the first six years than I ever did in my entire working life. I’m getting a lot of this from this forum as well as my own experience with people talking about .50 to .70 per mile and sitting over a week waiting for a load.
Maybe Incomes have gone up slightly but housing costs, utilities, car prices, groceries, etc. have eaten all of that up and then some.
As far as numbers go, if you want to nick-pick I will spoon feed it to you. I’m talking about millionaires, billionaires, the top one percent.
As far as my “ business acumen” I did very well for years as did many out there. But since the middle of last summer, it has been slowing down (and I have read many others on this forum say the same thing. I only had seven runs in the first two months of this year combined. Try to explain how my “business acumen “ caused that. I have also heard many on this forum talk about getting out of the business because it has gone down so far. Another thing that proves what I’m saying is this forum, there were many more threads on here. Some, such as the bantering about where I’m going had several pages in them every day. It sometimes took me as long as 45 minutes to read through everything. That’s without posting anything. Today, I can read through everything in 5-10 minutes.
As far as Trump, don’t get me started. This downturn seemed to start after his tariffs did. By the way, I strongly agree with him on the trade issue. We should never have opened the gates for all that foreign crap to come in and take over everything and push so many of our small businesses over the brink.
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