FT drivers w/ a business on the side? What is it?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by WyoBrown, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. WyoBrown

    WyoBrown New Member

    Ive never been one to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak, and have been looking for a business that I could handle along with my daily route. I think I need a creative outlet. Anyone juggling both driving and their own business?
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    We have a feeder driver who also owns investment property (apartments) on the side. He and his wife (former UPS driver) are currently developing a subdivision.

    We had a driver (retiree) who sold Quixtar (Amway) on the side.

    We have a driver who is the Youth Commission director for his hometown. We often kid him about running through his day so that he can get to his "real" job. The side job pays him $10K/year and he really enjoys doing it but, all kidding aside, his customers don't always get the service that they deserve because he is trying to get done so early; in fact, several of his P/U accts had to be reassigned to other drivers because he was getting there too early.

    I actually looked in to SMC at one point but never followed through on it.

    A lot of drivers will tell you that just a little overtime will more than make up any revenue you may make through a side business.
  3. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    quite a few landscapers around here.
  4. browndevil

    browndevil Active Member

    I could shop right in my own center. Landscapers, a tile guy, wedding photagrapher, DJ... the list goes on and on
  5. upsman29

    upsman29 New Member

    I own a landscape construction business on the side. I have 3 guys working for me, 1 which handles my day to day business on site. I handle of all the estimates and the meet and greet of the customers. I usually schedule my estimates in the evening and sometimes I take days off when I have 4 or 5 to do during the same day. Thats when I get that 24hr flu ;) but my business has been a very good success so far. If you do decide to start a business and you get to the point where you have people working for you remember this 1 main thing. Don't ever let your lead person know how to do everything. Using my business for example if my lead person knew how I did my bids or even what to bid for a job he could open his own business. I handle the ordering of all material, billing and payments are made only to me when the job is completed. I trust my people to a point but I use to do this kinda work before I started driving years ago so I know what goes through the mind of the laborer. Good labor will eventually think they can do better by going on their own and will do so. I have no problem with my lead guy if he ever did leave he's learning the skills he will need to perform in the business. Im not going to teach him how to profit from it also. Thats something he will have to learn when he goes on his own.
  6. What'dyabringmetoday???

    What'dyabringmetoday??? Well-Known Member

    I spend all of my spare time reading posts on Brown Cafe, so there is just no time for a side business.
  7. Pkgrunner

    Pkgrunner Service Provider

    Depending on your delivery area, a real estate license could come in pretty handy.

    I've often wondered if it would be possible/ethical to buy out some Fedex ground routes, hire on some drivers and convert the pick ups to UPS via sales leads.
  8. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    You already see your family sooooo little with this job.

    I can't understand how anyone could want another.
  9. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    so that one can leave this job sooner.
  10. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    I've thought alot about these types of behaviours in the past few years.

    As a drummer and rhythmist, i personally love teaching people everything included, the absolute guarded secrets to the utter basics. Only the ones who want to "get it" will get it and apply themselves and that is something I've learned growing up and older. This applies to almost everything in life. I could show a million people A through Z and only a handful will really make it to where they want to be, and those same people will be there no matter where they get it (slightly different avenues, for sure)

    Bolded above, this is exactly the reason alot of work that gets done, if at all, is half ass. You draw the line somewhere, and the line is short of where it needs to be because you're insecure about teaching others a skill out of individual selfishness and because you feel as though you're too important and time is too limited to be bothered, plus you'll recieve more competition and be forced to work harder. That's not the way I will ever approch life, but to each his own I guess...
  11. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    The real estate license is a great idea. Not so sure about Fed ex though. :biting:
  12. WyoBrown

    WyoBrown New Member

    Yes, you hit the nail on the head. One never knows whats around the corner in life and it never hurts to have options. Im impressed that many of you have diversified but like Over9Five mentioned...its tough to have any kind of life outside UPS as it is, but I just might try it anyway. I really want to flip a house, but the time factor worries me.
  13. Pkgrunner

    Pkgrunner Service Provider

    Less risk if you find and sell houses to/for house flippers.
  14. gopack

    gopack New Member

    I currently own a bar and grill plus I have 30% of another.
  15. mikestrek

    mikestrek New Member

    Trust me, once you reach the half way point, You will want to get your pention. If you don't find a business to leave this company by the half way point, Then, Your here for good. May as well spend time with your family, Or bang your brain trying to figure out a part time business to run from home that won't scam you or break your back so you can no longer work for UPS.
  16. But Benefits Are Great!

    But Benefits Are Great! Just Words On A Screen

    Yeah, the world is in need of a few million more RE agents....dear God...

    Hey, they real estate market is awful right now, but at least it is all commission so you won't know in advance how little you'll make.

    One word - eBay
  17. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I had a real estate license and unless you have some special niche of clients, it is a horrible business. The cold-calling made me feel like the telemarketers that I hang up on daily. Any money you earn goes right back into the business (and a % to your broker). It's beyond tough!!:dissapointed:

    Did I mention you work 7 days a week? Calls late at night?
  18. filthpig

    filthpig Active Member

    Is everyone aware that DOT rules state that you cannot work more than 55 hours a week if you drive? This includes any side work such as lawn services, etc.
  19. WyoBrown

    WyoBrown New Member

    It IS a horrible business! I was a sales agent for approx. 1 yr when I decided work PT for UPS. Thought I would get a good workout early in the morning along with benefits on preload...I did! One week into preload, mgmt had me signed up for driver school (air)...nine months later Im a full time driver and kissed real estate goodbye :happy2:
  20. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I used to have a business selling aftermarket parts for import cars. That as a about 2 years ago. I don't miss it. the exxtra money was nice but my extar time is sooooo much nicer.