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Taylor506

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This life is rough. But I love it. I'm just worried that I wont be able to make ends meet...... I'm in a sprinter van with Bolt Express and I couldnt be happier. What was your first few weeks like? I would like to hear others peoples experiences. Did you ever have any doubt about weather this will work out or not? I have bills to pay and I'm worried I wont be able to profit enough to pay my bills for very long.
 

Turtle

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It can be rough out here in a cargo van, because there are far more cargo vans than there are cargo van loads. About 50% of cargo van drivers are out of this business within 6-12 months because they find out it's not really the easy money they thought it would be. That's especially true of those who drive someone else's van.

Things are particularly slow right now due to COVID-19, but should pick up in 2-3 months.
 

RoadTime

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Did you ever have any doubt about weather this will work out or not?
After nearly a decade of doing this, the doubt never ends.
Rough times right now for sure.
Since you say you, "couldn't be happier", let that drive you to continue on.
Don't worry about what you can't control. The flow of Expediting is always changing.
You can go from slow to go go go in a heart beat. Try to judge how your doing longer term ie: Month to month over week to week or day by day.

Starting out new is never easy. You will be hit with the learning curve, it will level out but may take time as you gain experience. Still that may not be enough as many have failed.

Back in good times (many years ago), I did pretty good driving for a owner.
But those days are long gone, it was tough for drivers before all this 2020 mess. I couldn't image driving for a owner now. If I was in your shoes and wanted to continue with this...Do want you can to survive, stay out as much as possible, and work towards getting your own van.
 

sabbatinog

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Taylor506....what agreement do you have with the van owner....as far as pay percentages...who,pays for gas, repairs, etc....and did you have to pay $300 for orientation? What is customary ?
 
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Taylor506

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Taylor506....what agreement do you have with the van owner....as far as pay percentages...who,pays for gas, repairs, etc....and did you have to pay $300 for orientation? What is customary ?

60/40. I get 60. I pay for gas and tolls. He pays for repairs
Not sure who's paying for orientation. I think it's me.

What's customary??? I have no clue.
 

sabbatinog

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This life is rough. But I love it. I'm just worried that I wont be able to make ends meet...... I'm in a sprinter van with Bolt Express and I couldnt be happier. What was your first few weeks like? I would like to hear others peoples experiences. Did you ever have any doubt about weather this will work out or not? I have bills to pay and I'm worried I wont be able to profit enough to pay my bills for very long.
 

LDB

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I went through 4 orientations total and never had to pay for them, unless you mean hotel or something. Who is charging $300 for orientation?
 
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