Second Income for Truckers?
regulations and fewer work hours make a
second income sound attractive to professional truck drivers. This may
be especially true for truckers:
- who are approaching retirement
know they do not have
enough savings upon which to retire;
- who have families back home who
depend on them
- who continually feel the pinch
increasing prices for
basics such as food.
But many questions arise, including these:
- How can truckers earn more
money when they
full-time trucking jobs?
- What kind of extra income could
truckers earn -- that would be
worth their while -- from their trucks (for OTR truckers) or homes (for
We're glad you asked, because that's what we
to discuss on this page.
Types of Income
Previously, we described
the difference between
- linear income (money
you earn one time by
exchanging your time for completing tasks -- the type of income you
earn from driving a truck); and
- leveraged income
(money you earn from the efforts of others
whom you have helped become
successful, with payment on the basis of referral fees, network
marketing, brokerage, etc.).
What If Income Stops?
you were injured on the job and unable to work for an
extended period of time, how long would you be able to stay afloat
What if you had a really serious injury?
What would happen
if your paycheck stopped?
That is exactly what happened when Mike fell off the
tractor part of
his company-owned Class 8 truck years ago. Without going into all of
the details, when he was forced to take unpaid time off to get medical
attention, his paycheck stopped.
In February 2012 -- and again in his capacity as a
driver -- Mike fell off a flatbed trailer and injured his left arm and
side. At the time, we had no idea how long he would be out of work.
Although the Lord spared Mike from having a torn rotator
injury was so bad that for over a week, he was unable to lift his left
arm far enough away from his body to put on deodorant. Vicki had to
help him with basic tasks such as putting on clothing and taking a
shower. This kind of situation can really shake a man to the core of
By the Lord's good favor and the help of a sample of a
product given to us by a friend, Mike was able to make a full recovery
and completely regain full mobility.
the months after Mike got well, we got to thinking
about how fragile his trucker income source really is.
accident could render him permanently disabled!
We started to ask
ourselves questions like these:
- Isn't there an easier way to
earn money and one that
is less deadly?
- Isn't there a business
that would let us own our own lives (not being so employer-dependent)?
Mike was unable to continue his job as a trucker, what kind of
replacement income could we get that would be well suited for us, that
we would like and that would pay us well?
- Why kind of second income
opportunities exist that match our principles and meet other important
What is Your Perfect
Everyone has a written or unwritten list of criteria or
attributes for a perfect job or second income source.
While we're going to share our list below, it would be
good for you to write down what you're looking for.
You may have a need for only an extra $100 per month. Or
perhaps you're looking for a whole lot more when it comes to
opportunities for second
income, extra income, supplemental income, etc.
If we were looking to
start a business from scratch, we would want
that we could run at/from home and which meets the following criteria:
- the products or services are
and are of
such a nature that we can fully
stand behind them;
- we have personally benefited
and continue to benefit
-- from the
products or services;
- there is a growing need for the
products or services being sold;
- the company that manufactures
the products or services is stable
- there is full staffing and
- we would never have to
- the consumable products
(easily fitting within a truck);
- we would never have to focus on
selling the products ourselves;
- there are low start-up costs;
- there is low monthly overhead for which you receive products;
- personalized training
- one online tool can be
- the business can be worked both
truckers on the road
and by their home
support teams or truckers'
wives back home;
- the income opportunity is
- the business can be conducted
from just about anywhere
(an Internet connection of some kind
- if we move, we don't lose the
worked to build;
- if we had a family emergency
and were unable to work the business for a while, the income would continue;
- the business we build can be passed down
to our heirs.
Down for Info
Before we continue, we must say that we have a certain
second income opportunity for truckers in mind. It fulfills to the
letter all of the points above.
Speaking of the list, we said that our perfect job meant
that we would never have to focus on selling the products ourselves. If
there is no selling, how does one earn money?
We're glad you asked.
Many people don't like to have
things sold to them. But they do
want products to help them make their
lives better. Sometimes all it takes is sharing a sample of a product
you know works with someone who has a need. That's what happened in
After Mike got hurt, a friend shared a sample of a
product that helped relieve Mike's aching muscles. After the sample
ran out, we ordered more of it. Since that product worked so well, we
began to order other products from the same company. The products
worked. They sold themselves.
The products worked so well for us that we knew that we
had to share this information with others to help them. Furthermore, we
we could get paid for referring others to the company.
Paid for Referring Others
Many truckers are already familiar with the concept of
getting paid for referrals online.
You've heard of Amazon.com, right?
They have an affiliate program.
take the concept of an affiliate program but
design it around a wide range of consumable
products that people want
to buy and are willing
to share with others for compensation down a
number of levels.
Specifically, you build a network of people whom you've
helped, who turn around and help others, who help others,
With the specific program we recommend, you can get paid
five levels. What a terrific way to build a second income!
When a few people help a few people who help a few
people, you can
build a network that can generate a substantial income.
This type of second income could eventually build to the
where it surpasses your truckers income.
Learn how you can build this type of second income
from Second Income for
Truckers? What to Look For to our Budgeting page
Truck Drivers Money