Owner operators invest in their own big rigs in hopes of increasing profits. As such, they are responsible for not only keeping up the bookwork, but also in scheduling routes and recording shipment information before heading out. They drive the long routes to deliver larger types of cargo and solve any mechanical problems that come about with their trucks along the way.
For a position as an owner operator, there is no set educational requirement, but obtaining a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), is necessary. Because of long routes and hours, it is critical to have an ability to drive for extended periods of time, be organized, keep to a schedule, be self-motivated, and be able to lift heavy cargo. Knowledge of how to maintain large trucks, accounting, and mathematics is also very important. Since routes are pretty lengthy, staying alert is the most essential skill to have.