All told, hot shot trucking start up costs can easily reach the $15,000-30,000 range, but this will vary based on personal circumstances. If you already own a truck, for example, then you just need a trailer and the various legal fees.
How do I get started in Hot Shot Trucking?
How to become a hotshot driver
- Get a valid driver’s license. Hotshot drivers need a basic Class D driver’s license.
- Apply for a USDOT number.
- Purchase equipment.
- Buy liability insurance.
- Build a professional network.
- Search for cargo loads and deliveries.
How do I start a hot shot truck without a CDL?
How do hot shot drivers find work?
Search through load boards
The most common way to find hotshot trucking jobs is by searching load boards, which are essentially forums for transportation and logistics professionals. On these boards, companies post hotshot trucking assignments for drivers looking for a quick load to deliver.