Colorado Owner Operator Jobs
Would you like to combine the income potential of business ownership with the skills of truck driving? If you are ready to earn a commercial driver's license and start securing shipping and manufacturing clients, becoming an owner-operator may be an excellent career choice for you.
As a Colorado owner-operator, you may be able to transport goods between different cities in Colorado and to nearby states. If you choose, you can even take on cross-country routes.
You may look forward to a promising job outlook as an owner-operator. Job openings in Colorado are expected to increase by 11% between 2010 and 2020 (O*Net, 2010). Though you won't be looking for jobs at trucking companies, a good job outlook may mean that you can more easily find clients.
According to O*Net, the average salary for a Colorado truck driver is $42,100 per year. However, your salary may be different than that of a company driver. Your income may fluctuate, depending on how many clients you have and how busy you are at any given point. Your income may increase gradually as you build a client base and become more established in your business.
Instead of looking for jobs, you can spend your time looking for clients. You may take loads for shipping companies, manufacturing companies, and businesses in other industries.
The first step to becoming your own boss is getting a truck driving license. Whether you work for a company or as an owner-operator, you still must meet state and federal truck driving requirements. Truck driving requirements are laid out by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles. You can attend a Class A or Class B training course to become a commercial truck driver. However, attending a Class A class may be the better option. With a Class A driver's license, you can transport larger loads and drive a greater variety of trucks.
After you gain enough driving experience to feel comfortable behind the wheel of a truck, you can take your skills exam at a third-party testing site. The test may be offered at driving schools and trucking companies. While you can get your CDL after passing this test, you need to prepare for other aspects of your career. In truck driving school, you may learn how to bill clients, keep thorough records, and load your truck. As an owner-operator, all parts of truck ownership and business management fall to you.