Load boards tend to be the best way to find hot shot loads, particularly for greener truck drivers. However,
the hot shot load market is somewhat volatile. Certain days and seasons can be very lucrative while others can be excruciatingly slow. The low start-up costs means the hot shot industry is very competitive.
That is why it is important to build a rapport with all of your shippers. Developing a good relationship can result in the shippers approaching you directly the next time they need a load hauled rather than leaving you to compete with other truckers on a hot shot load board.
How Much Do Hotshot Drivers Make?
Because hot shot loads are time-sensitive, they tend to pay more than typical dry van or even LTL loads. The range in pay is still quite great and depends on the business savvy of the driver, the distance for the haul, and the avoidance of deadhead. All things considered, most experts say you can make anywhere from $0.80 per mile to $4.00 per mile or more.
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