Hot shot trucking is a great way to make a living, without the need to drive an 18-wheeler. Although many hot shot truckers have been successful at driving a large van with a trailer, the most traditional set up involves along gooseneck trailer connected to a 1-ton diesel truck. Often referred to “less than a traditional truckload” method of hauling, hot shot trucking offers a quick solution for delivering nearly anything fast to its destination.
Most gooseneck trailers are rated at 36,000 pounds, meaning they can haul a substantial load between two points. Hot shot trucking usually involves an owned or leased rig used for transporting expedited loads. Many of these loads are often difficult to locate between jobs. However, by subscribing to a load board, hot shot truckers gain access to a variety of jobs available in their area.
What Is Required
Gaining access into the hot shot trucking business usually involves the same typical hurdles as getting a job with a standard trucking company. It requires registration, insurance, regulations and licensing. Overall, the costs of equipment and operating the business are significantly lower than a semi-truck company. Traditionally, a hot shot trucking company can transport the same weight of goods from its pickup to its destination for approximately two-thirds the amount of cost of delivering it in a semi-truck.
Usually considered a more regional or local option for transport, there are however many national hot shot trucking companies that go from one end of the country to the other. Traditionally, the products, goods and items transported include a huge array of possibilities. Typically, it is whatever goods need to be picked up immediately, and delivered as quickly as possible. Many consumers, corporations, businesses and manufacturers elect to use hot shot trucking companies when time is of the essence.
Anyone seriously considering setting up a hot shot trucking company needs to consider the type of rig they will use to make deliveries. It is crucial to either establish a customer base as the operator and owner of the company, or find access through load boards and other avenues for getting business. Another consideration is to sign on with an existing truck company that specializes in hiring hot shot truckers.
While the business is hard, it can provide amazing rewards. Aside from long hours and extensive driving, it can produce a financially successful pathway to meet the needs of many families. With little startup costs, and persistence, it is possible to become highly successful at owning and operating a hot shot trucking company.