Owner-operator tips

An owner-operator truck driver stands in front of his tractor which is hauling a Schneider trailer.

How much does it cost to register a semi-truck as an intrastate owner-operator? Breakdown by state

May 18, 2022

See a breakdown of the truck and semi-trailer registration fees by state to get a general idea of how much it costs to register a semi-truck as an intrastate owner-operator.

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An owner-operator discussing his truck's maintenance needs with a technician

What's the average semi-truck maintenance cost per year? 3 cost-influencing factors

February 25, 2022

Owner-operators can expect their yearly semi-truck maintenance cost to be upwards of $15,000. Here are some factors that can impact your yearly cost.

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An owner-operator in a semi-truck hauls an orange Schneider van trailer down a country road

What are some of the best business structures for owner-operators?

December 10, 2021

Stuck between choosing a sole proprietorship or LLC for your trucking company? Here we compare some of the best business structures for owner-operators.

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A semi-truck hauls a shipping container through a sea port with stacks of multi-colored shipping containers in the background.

6 things to consider when starting a drayage company

November 08, 2021

Looking to start hauling containers in the ports as an owner-operator? Check out these six considerations when starting a drayage company.

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A gold International semi-truck hauling an orange Schneider trailer drives down the highway surrounded by cars.

13 tips on ways to save money as an owner-operator

September 08, 2021

Decrease your operating costs and increase your revenue by checking out these 13 tips on ways to save money as an owner-operator.

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A Schneider owner-operator poses next to his truck with a hand resting on the sideview mirror

Ways to make money owning a semi-truck: 7 tips to consider

August 31, 2021

Looking to take your trucking business to the next level? Check out these 7 tips on how to make money owning a semi-truck.

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How much does an owner-operator make?

July 19, 2021

The same as company drivers, how much an owner-operator makes depends on a variety of factors, including what type of freight they haul.

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A row of five Volvo tractors, varying in color, are parked in a gravel parking lot.

Is buying an 18-wheeler a good investment?

June 25, 2021

As a first-time truck buyer, you're probably wondering if buying an 18-wheeler is a good investment. Learn how you can make owning a semi-truck profitable.

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Four different colored Kenworth semi-trucks are lined up in a row in a parking lot.

How to lease my semi-truck to a company: 5 steps to take

May 25, 2021

Starting a trucking business and wondering, "how to lease my semi-truck to a company?" Follow these steps and be on your way to becoming an owner-operator.

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A black tire skid mark that crosses the yellow center line indicates that a driver swerved into the opposite lane.

How much is semi-truck insurance? And other related questions

April 13, 2021

Have questions about how much semi-truck insurance is and what kind of insurance you need for your semi-truck? Get all your questions answered here.

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Mike Delamer stands in front of his red Freightliner Cascadia that has a tanker trailer connected to it.

8 pieces of advice for new tanker owner-operators

March 30, 2021

Gain insight from experienced Schneider tanker owner-operators about how to run a successful business by picking the right loads and being proactive.

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How to calculate cost per mile as an owner-operator truck driver

February 10, 2021

To calculate your cost per mile, all you need to do is simply divide your total expenses for the month by the total number of miles you have driven that month.

Step-by-step calculation guide
A man in a grey shirt and baseball hat stands in front of a row of white semi-trucks while holding a tablet.

How to grow your trucking company: 7 steps to start taking today

January 22, 2021

Ready to take your business to the next level but not sure where to start? Check out these seven tips on how to grow your trucking company.

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Two images, one of a male owner-operator standing in front of his truck and the other of a female company driver standing in front of her truck, are combined into one to show the differences of an owner-operator and company driver.

What is an owner-operator vs. a company truck driver?

December 04, 2020

Get a clear picture of how an owner-operator compares to a company truck driver and get answers to 'what is an owner-operator?' 

Learn about owner-operators
Three semi-trucks drive down the highway in snowy conditions during winter.

8 tips on how to winterize your semi-truck

November 04, 2020

Snow and cold temperatures are approaching. Get your business ready by following these eight tips on how to winterize your semi-truck.

Prepare for winter
A row of semi-trucks in a used truck lot

Buying a used semi-truck checklist: 6 steps to get a great truck

October 13, 2020

Next time you're in the market for a used truck, review our 'buying a used semi-truck' checklist so you can find the perfect truck for your business.

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An owner-operator leases his first semi-truck with SFI

Leasing your first semi-truck? 5 things to consider

August 12, 2020

When leasing your first semi-truck, it's important to know what you're looking for. Check out these considerations to help find the best truck to lease.

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A row of semi-trucks in a used truck lot

Buying your first semi-truck? 5 things to consider

July 27, 2020

Looking to purchase a semi-truck but not sure where to start? Check out these five considerations when buying your first semi-truck.

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A trucking company owner poses with one hand resting on his flatbed trailer

Top 5 reasons to own a trucking company

June 08, 2020

Thinking about becoming an owner-operator? Ensure your motives align with our reasons to own a trucking company.

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An owner-operator hauls Dedicated freight for Schneider for an all-in rate

How do owner-operators get paid? Both ways explained.

May 05, 2020

There are two main ways owner-operators can get paid: through an all-in/flat rate or by the mile.

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How the CARES Act may affect owner-operator truck drivers

April 06, 2020

Have some of your basic questions answered about how the CARES Act will affect owner-operator truck drivers.

CARES Act answers
An owner-operator chooses loads on Schneider's private load board

How to get loads as an owner-operator

January 01, 2020

With so many different options, it can be difficult to decide how to get loads as an owner-operator. Here are some examples, with pros and cons of each.

Load options
An owner-operator holds the keys to her new semi-truck

How much does it cost to be an owner-operator?

August 19, 2019

Get a better idea of how much it costs to be an owner-operator with our list of expenses you can expect when making the transition from company driver and during your first year out on the road.

List of expenses
An owner-operator in front of his Freightliner Cascadia truck

How to become an owner-operator

July 30, 2019

Deciding to become an owner-operator truck driver and figuring out how to get started can seem daunting. Here is insight on how to become an owner-operator.

Step-by-step guide