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What Does it Take to Become an Owner-Operator?

If you have been a trucker for a while, you’ve probably thought about becoming your own boss someday. Sure, you are out on the road without too much worry now. But if you want to grow your career, a good next step is to become an owner-operator. Being an owner-operator might not be for everyone, but if you have what it takes it could be the perfect time to head out on your own.


Are you an independent person? You have to like working solo to be an owner-operator. If you like taking life by the horns and making your decisions about everything from what you haul to how long your trips take.


Not everyone finds it easy to stay focus and drive themselves to success. Do you? Owner-operators set their eye on the prize and won’t stop until they reach their goals. It takes a lot of focus, determination, and motivation. Do you want to stay where you’re at, or are you ready to do something special?

Mechanical Knowledge

You will also be responsible for your own vehicle. That means you need to be able to understand what is happening to your truck, look for potential dangers and do thorough inspections. You want to know you and your vehicle will be safe on the road. Your mechanical knowledge will allow you to troubleshoot so you avoid the possibility of breakdowns or hazards on the road that can put yourself and others in danger. Plus, you can save some money when you purchase a truck if you know what to look for. Your knowledge can help you find a used model in good condition and use your mechanical skills to make many of your own repairs.


As an owner-operator you will need a Class G license and you can apply for an upgrade if you already have either a G1 or G2. It’s even easier with a class B, C or D license because you can just apply for G class at any time. Trucking equipment with air brakes require a class A license.

Business Skills

It comes in handy to have some business skills as well. You don’t need a fancy education, just a good understanding of how to interact with customers.  Some negotiating skills can come in handy to make sure you receive a fair price for your work.
Becoming an owner-operator is a great next step for truck drivers who want to take their careers to the next level.