I was talking about my exp with a lease 10 years ago, not Prime. Sounds like Prime has a much better lease deal then the one i had.I did, and am doing just fine at Prime... I've always been solo.
When you're paid percentage and fuel surcharge, its not about miles. You need to accept or reject loads based on how well they contribute to the minimum daily revenue you need to generate to cover your costs, and provide enough profit to cover your needs. That being said, minimizing costs is huge, and your number one cost outside of payroll is fuel. The fewer miles you run to generate your required revenue, the greater your profit will be.
I rarely run that many miles, and try to avoid it at all costs.
"Sitting" ain't part of how Prime rolls. The only time I can recall much of that was in '09, during the recession. Freight in Ohio sucked. There wasn't any, and everyone planned on spending a couple of days there.
Lease ops receive breakdown pay after the first 24 hours. It covers the bills. Freightliner/Detroit really stood behind their product in my opinion.
Lease ops at Prime can go on home time whenever they desire. As a 1099 contractor, the IRS rewuires that you are able to control your schedule. Its basically only limited by your need to generate revenue. I never had a problem being unable to pay for home time, and only went in the hole a few weeks over the last several years.
Speak from experience about whatever carrier you were driving for.
I've never had trouble getting loaded in Laredo with Prime. They have a lot of cross border traffic that gets picked up on the US side - frequently drop 'n hook.
Lying to prospects gets recruiting staff fired at Prime. First they don't need to, because there are plenty of applicants. Second, Robert Lowe doesn't tolerate it.
I'm sure a call to leasing will get you a sample lease. Their quotes for average weekly revenue will be a little murky because it does vary widely - I generate somewhere between $2500 to $6000 per week. The bottom end figure usually is a week that I take a couple of days off, I'm in the shop, etc. $6000 is usually a home run week for me.
It's been my experience that recruiting quotes a conservative number.
Yep. Ancient history.
The Qualcomm system is necessary to carry on business, and that is Prime's ELD solution. As such its a business cost borne by the operator. Flat charge per week.