Looking to drive but dont know where to start

Camocatfish

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Hi there. My name is Thomas harrawood and I'm looking to become a expiditor. I have no experience in the field and to be honest I don't know where to start. I'm 19 years old with no cdl, no insurance, nothing. I want to drive a sprinter van around America but I don't know if I'm even eligible for that because of my age. If any of you guys got anything to share with me please do. Anything helps.
 

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You love traveling and decide you want to be a plumber, lab technician, dental hygienist, barber, real estate broker, or maybe paralegal. What is the first thing you do? You go to school and study and learn all you can over many months. Then you finally know enough to be dangerous but capable so you can proceed. So, if you want to be an expediter the first thing you do is go to expediter school.

That's here, on EO. You read back a minimum of 5 years in the General, Newbie and Recruiter forums. You read every single thread title as you studiously work your way back. If the thread title sounds like it is in any way the least bit pertinent to your expediting goals you read every word in that thread. That will take you several weeks minimum. Once you've done that you'll know enough to know how much you don't know but you'll know enough to ask the right questions to learn more of what you need to know.

Expediting is FAR more than opening the door to allow someone to load freight into your vehicle and turning the ignition key. You won't become any of those other career options without major studying and training. This is no different if you want to succeed. The turnover rate for expediting is often greater than 100% because too many people think it's turn the key and go. Good luck.
 
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What if I were just just expedite on my own. Instead of working for a fleet I just work by myself, buy a sprinter van, and just take jobs I find online. I don't know if that would work or if insurance would even cover someone under 21. but I'm also not looking for a life long career. I'm just looking to do this for a year or two to make some money to pay for college and then either stop or keep going.
 

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The problem is, no insurance company will touch you under 21 for expediting. To go out on your own to haul freight you still have to have your Operating Authority to legally haul freight and you have to file your insurance with the DOT to do that.

Expediting is not a "have van, make easy money" type of business. That's why most people are out of this business within a year, because they mistakenly think it's just that easy. For quick and easy money you need to be looking at something like Uber Eats, GrubHub or DoorDash. You'll make more money with far fewer expenses doing food delivery than you will in van expedite.
 
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Or get a HIGH efficiency car like a Prius, Ioniq etc. and do Uber/Lyft. Or find one of the fast food places posting signs on FB paying $18 an hour. Way more money than expediting. Heck, you're young and full of vinegar, do both, live at home, pile up the money.
 
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