Full time driving and 2nd jobs.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Ky0311, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Ky0311

    Ky0311 Member

    I will soon have an opportunity to get on a package car full time I know many routes already from running ground as an air driver. I am also a medium sized row crop farmer, I could use the money to put back into my farm since the ag economy isn't so great right now. Does anyone else work a job or run a business on the side? How hard would it be to juggle both?
     
  2. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Gotta keep your hours worked within the DOT regulations. 60 hrs per week (with at least 10 hrs off before starting a driving shift) which can be reset with 34 consecutive hours off, or 70 hrs on a rolling 8 day basis.
     
  3. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    I barely have time to brush my teeth being a full-time driver ...kiss your crop goodbye
     
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  4. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    You own or lease land? What do you grow?
     
  5. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's not gonna happen for you.
     
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  6. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    Hopefully plants that grow in the dark , since he won’t be done with work until it’s dark out.
     
  7. PappyLand

    PappyLand Active Member

    As long as its an indoor grow op
     
  8. Brown Biscuit

    Brown Biscuit Blind every day

    Part time, possibly. Full time, no way man. End of the day you’ll be too tired to even want to cook a meal let alone give your crop some attention.
     
  9. sandwich

    sandwich The resident gearhead

    It is possible. I own a small business. But in my case its a bit different. As calls come in during the week I schedule them all for Saturday. I will work a full Saturday. Rest Sunday, back to ups on Monday. But I'm finally going to be purchasing a work truck and hiring an employee. And hopefully expanding beyond that. I just hired a marketing company to help me do just that.

    Right now I make about the same working 1 Saturday as my whole weeks check at ups. If I can expand to hopefully have a few trucks and 4 to 5 employees. I'll be set.

    I'd like to build a successful local company that I can leave to my kids.
     
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  10. Ky0311

    Ky0311 Member

    We do corn and soybeans. I'm stuck in a bad situation really. We dont have the acres for me to do it full time, but I cant run off on a family business to drive full time either. We own everything we farm
     
  11. Ky0311

    Ky0311 Member

    Yeah the way I saw it was if I work until midnight or so a few days a week I'm still getting plenty of sleep. But it's a long shot
     
  12. Ky0311

    Ky0311 Member

    Thank you for a serious reply. It's me and my dad running it, but hes 55 and I dont really like the idea of him working alone all day. It's a stretch but I think it's possible.
     
  13. It doesn't count for self employment
     
  14. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    If all you have are row crops, what is the big deal. Not much to do between planting and harvesting. At 55 your dad should be in the prime of his life. I know I was.
     
  15. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    @Brownslave688 , any ideas?
     
  16. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    I thought the only exception was volunteer work.
     
  17. I'll double check later but I'm pretty sure I read that.
     
  18. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Ok, I don't doubt you, I was going off memory. Either way It's probably best if he weren't driving a pc while completely wrung out from farming.
     
  19. I agree. You definitely need your sleep
     
  20. BootsOnTarmac

    BootsOnTarmac Active Member

    Go full time. Go another season working the land with your Dad. Then decide if it is too much. Consider leasing the land if necessary.