Montana Owner Operator Jobs
Few jobs give you the same earning potential and freedom as business ownership. Whether or not you've ever driven a tractor-trailer or straight truck, becoming an owner-operator may be a career option for you. Between transporting loads in and out of Montana, you can get clients, run your business, and help it expand each and every year. While this career path may take slightly more work than becoming a company driver, many owner-operators find it a very satisfying job.
As an owner-operator, your earning potential and career path are significantly different from those of company drivers. In the early years of your career, your salary may be relatively low. This is because you may have fewer clients than more established drivers and part of your income must go back into your business. However, as you gain more consistent clients and bring in more money, you can draw a larger salary from your business. This is why it's so important to land clients and provide an excellent customer experience. O*Net indicates that the average salary for a truck driver in Montana is $39,400 per year, with reported salaries ranging up to $64,400 per year.
Your clients may come from many different industries. Industries that often need goods transported include retail, food production, wholesalers, and manufacturers. Reaching out to many different companies can help you get a jump start on your business.
Whether you plan on driving within Montana, in this region, or all around the country, you will likely have to start with a truck driving training program. Sometimes, drivers can be trained by the companies that hire them. However, since you plan on becoming an owner-operator, you need to complete your training ahead of time. There may be programs at technical schools, community colleges, and dedicated trucking programs. Plan on spending four to six weeks in school to learn how to drive a tractor-trailer, driving laws, vehicle inspections, and other parts of trucking. Many of the skills you master, including recordkeeping and scheduling, are essential parts of an owner-operator's career.
The Motor Vehicle Division is your next stop after you complete your training. They will ensure that you are completely ready for the demands of a truck driving career by putting you through a written test and skills test. They can give you your commercial driver's license once you successfully pass both exams.
Before you actually begin working as an owner-operator, it's important to get your business license. The Business Resources Division of Montana can help you file the paperwork required by all the different departments.