How to prove your experience as an O/O?

Discussion in 'Owner Operators' started by Bored Insane, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Bored Insane

    Bored Insane Well-Known Member

    So how to prove your experience? For example, at Swift, you can see your miles, # of runs, status of your bonus, etc. through the terminal machines or through your phone via Ingage app (I think, or at least through Swift site). I have pictures as proof of how many miles and # of runs I did (screen shots). In a smaller company or as O/O, how would you provide DPS or Federal organization of your experience? (or other companies for that matter?)
    I have my own logs, of course, but would it be recognized by others?
  2. mndriver

    mndriver curmudgeon extraordinare Staff Member Supporter

    Tax records.
  3. Bored Insane

    Bored Insane Well-Known Member

    When is the next filing due? This will be my first as an independent O/O. I'm still looking for a good trucking CPA or Tax specialist. I guess I need to look into this as well.
  4. mndriver

    mndriver curmudgeon extraordinare Staff Member Supporter

    Schedule se payments are due quarterly if you follow the IRS rules.
  5. Blood

    Blood Driveler Emeritus Supporter

    IFTA reports might be one way.
    Companies depend on who it is,
    I had one ask for one rate contract for each of the years I claimed I was independent.
    No sweat.
    Another one told me to send them my income tax returns for all the years I claimed I was independent.
    I told them to GFY!

    Motor carriers are required by federal law to ask for 10 years work history on an application.
    Some carriers won't allow a 30 day gap while others send a request to everyone on your application and feel that they have practiced due diligence according to law.

    Generally the bigger the company the more anal they are about it.
  6. Ranger_375

    Ranger_375 Well-Known Member

    The 10 year history was fun for me, Knight was about to not hire me as I couldn't provide one.

    I was Medically Retired from the, um, I'm Retired, and don't HAVE to work. I choose to.

    The recruiter finally figured it out, although it confused her quite a bit, what with me being younger than her and retired. "How'd that happen?" "Umm, 3 combat tours and some not so fun stuff happening? Duh."
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  7. Gumball

    Gumball New Member

    When your an owner operator whatever company your leased to will verify your time and miles , if you have your own authority then your customers can verify your time and experience , it shouldn't be a problem .
  8. Bored Insane

    Bored Insane Well-Known Member

    This reminds me Swift refused one of the drivers credit for his past experience because he couldn't prove it. He claimed he drove for his Uncle, about 300K miles. Swift put him with a trainer like any newbie after the orientation.
    I guess my customer (if they stay happy w/ me) can provide some proof, but I keep all my BOLs as a backup.
  9. rigjockey

    rigjockey Token Canadian.

    That is the least of your problems, Try and get a bank loan or mortgage being self employed:D
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  10. Bored Insane

    Bored Insane Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if I want to be tied to a company like that, or even a broker/ dispatcher for that matter. I do have my own authority, I guess my customers can verify my work time with them (if I don't have bad relationship with them, which I don't).
  11. Bored Insane

    Bored Insane Well-Known Member

    I have not tried since I started, but I did try before I got the truck (to get a truck, etc.). I could have gotten a loan (with terms, of course), it's not difficult, just costly.
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  12. Ludicrous

    Ludicrous New Member

    You don't need to bother any customers to verify that you pulled a load for them. All you need is tax records. I was self employed for 5 years (as a bank courier using my car). The people I worked for may or may not still be in business, but who cares? My tax records are kept nice and neat in a binder for the last 20 years and are my proof of employment.

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