Schnieder power only - choosing own loads
Is anyone doing this program? whats the good and bad?
Is this a good question?
i am currently running on the choice board at schneider and have to admit i do like the freedom of being more in control of my operation. i will however give u the down side first since it is really the only one i see. u will have to accept that the best paying freight available isnt always the most fun lane to run. u will still have to diligent in your load selections and make use of every available tool u can such as freight index etal. also there r several o/o's here that have been here since day one and it will take a of work to reach their level of income here since they guard those lanes and customers with a fury lmao. the upside is that u can easily and quickly find urself averaging about 1.55 to 1.60 per mile gross to the truck even without having any special insight to the particular customer's on the board.
We worked for Schneider for 12 years, loved the Company, If you are a team operation they wont let you do it, The solo drivers I talk to loved it, they kept there selves as busy as they wanted to run, its all up to you. Schneider has a huge freight base. And if you don't like it you can change to the mileage based program. Hope this helps you.
I am on the Choice program and love it. I haven't really found a downside to it yet, accept that sometimes there aren't always loads going where I want them to. However, that's my fault for not scouting out the market before I get there.
I run as often as I want, when I went, where I want. In Feb I grossed 1.58 on all driven miles. I usually keep about 40% of the gross revenue.
For March I'm estimating that I'll make about $18,500 and that's more than enough for me. I also had some hometime in March for my son's second birthday, otherwise my numbers would have been higher.
Their fuel discount is better than it was at US Xpress. They do a fairly good job of keeping their trailers working, I do have my weeks though where it seems i'm the only one doing my inspections but I've learned how to make em fix it without them trying to "save money"
I have Two friends who are in the Choice Program, and I would agree with what Eaglewade and Michael have said.
I would add that a difference beetween Landstar and Schneiders Programs are that Schneiders is more sophisticated, but you also have to run the eLogs on the Qualcomm system. Oh yeah... and their orientation is almost a week long!
I am from Idaho and was told by a schneider recruiter that the choice program is not available in my area. Is this true? I got the feeling that the recruiter was trying to get me into something else because that is where schneider had a need at that moment. Any thoughts on how I can hire onto that board will be appreciated.
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