So it’s been a couple of months sense I have blogged and with the year coming to an end and the New Year beginning I figured its time to fill everyone in on the new adventures that are planned for this year!
After 25 years in the swimming pool industry I decided to hang up my pool pole and retire from the industry. It was time to get more serious about my photography carrier. I will say it has been a long time coming.
Back in July I started looking around for opportunities to pursue. A couple of things that I wanted to do was travel and take photos. I wanted to find the right combination of traveling around the United States photographing this great country and make money at a job I love. I have always been drawn to the open road and I have had a few family members that were truckers. They have always seemed to enjoy their profession and liked what they did. I thought maybe I would become a truck driver. Although I was not super keen on the idea of driving a big 18 wheeler back and forth from the same location each and every day to the same location time and time again.
As most of you who know me understand that I am a big “Law of Attraction” guy and I know that things are always working out for me. So about the same time that all this was going through my head I see a friend who I had not talked to in many years and that I used to drive a school bus at the same school district was on Facebook. I messaged him to see what he had been up to lately and he asked me if I had heard of this thing called expediting or “hot shot trucking”? After several conversations I find out that Him and his son had started an expediting company and thought it would be a great fit for me. So what exactly is Expediting you ask?
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Expediting: It is basically like trucking (truck driving) except one difference is you can run much like an Owner Operator without having to invest in a truck . Many expedite trucks are owned by fleet owners. The usual arrangement is hired drivers can pick the loads and run any way they want as long as they turn a profit for the owner. For the most part, time sensitive, and exclusive use of truck deliveries . An example would be an assembly line breaks down and no replacement part is on hand and delivery is needed ASAP. An expedite company is called , they call the truck closest to the shipper, and the part is picked up and the truck runs non-stop to deliver it . Rates are higher but because the work is unscheduled expediters sit more (this is good for me). Once they make a delivery they never know when or where the next load will be picked up . Two or three day waits between loads are not unusual (again good for me). When they do get a call if they accept it they are typically expected to be enroute within 15 minutes. More on this in later blogs!
This is turning out to be perfect for me. My friend happened to have an opening for me (law of attraction?) and after obtaining my CDL I am getting ready to ht the road! The goal is to post pictures and videos of the adventures that we go on. Yes…. I am seeing this as an adventure rather then a job. The unknown is exciting and the “down time” gives me the opportunity to focus on photography. I will try to keep a balance between the photography and the Expediting world because I know a few of you have asked about the Expediting life.
So here we go!! Stay tuned for many more blogs on these two subjects and a whole bunch of photos! Tell your friends and please share. Thanks for looking! This is “THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP”