I’m here with Handsome Harry once again, as we are about to whip up a part 2 to my brother’s handy tutorial about transport contract jobs. On our first instalment, we gave you a few pointers to help you figure out if this line of work was right for you. This time, to help you even further, we round up some of the pros and cons of being a professional haulier. For convenience, we’ve paired them together, each pro followed by its con, so that you, too, can keep your bearings when skimming this article. Without any more delay, let’s have a look.
Pro: Lots of travel. If you choose to do transport contract jobs, you’ll have a chance to see a fair bit of the country, as your contracts will probably not be limited to just one area or region. So if you’re the type who likes to know new places, by all means consider this line of work.
Con: Lots of motorway travel. Even though you’ll get to travel a lot, most of that will be on the motorway. And because you’ll need to make deadlines, get backloads and keep your efficiency as high as possible, there’s really no time for leisurely sightseeing. Still, some new horizons are better than none, right?
Pro: Meeting people. Transport contract jobs imply a lot of customer service. You’ll be walking up to people’s doors and talking to them. This is good if you’re a social person. If you’re a freelancer or part of a smaller company, and work a smaller area, you may even become known to the people in your territory.
Con: Angry people. Angry customers suck, as anyone who’s worked that type of job will tell you. And in transport contract jobs, they exist as much as anywhere else. Being yelled at or complained about comes with the territory, so you better have nerves of steel if you want to succeed at this job.
Pro: Good money. Not going to lie: transport contract jobs bring good money, especially considering you don’t really need an education, just the right personality and some driving skills. If you’re a good haulage driver, you’ll be making enough money to live comfortably.
Cons: Long hours. Ever heard the saying “no pain, no gain”? Well, it’s true for transport contract jobs. Your good money will come at the cost of long hours and uncertain schedules. So if you’re the homey type, or easily tired, forget about being a haulier.
That’s pretty much it – hopefully, it’s food for thought. Please bear in mind that we’re not trying to give a definitive answer as to whether or not you should try transport contract jobs – only giving you a few pointers to help you make up your mind.
See you next time, folks!
– Bill (and Harry)