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For Transporters · Hot shot loads · 04 March 2011

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hot shot loads in Texas

Not many jobs in transportation are as rewarding as being a hot shot hauler. You set your own schedule and your own price, working full-time or just earning extra cash on the side. Best of all, you don’t need to invest in a big rig – a pickup or van will do you just fine! If looking for hot shot loads in Texas, you’ve come to the right place.

CitizenShipper operates an online marketplace where freelance drivers can quickly browse hundreds of listed shipments. There’s a wide array of shipment categories, from pets and small parcels to furniture and vehicles. Hot shot loads are also available, especially in the Texas area. You bid on the jobs you like and negotiate the payment with the customer on your own. CitizenShipper does not take a cut!

If you’re a transporter searching for hot shot driving jobs, it’s easy to get started. Sign up for free and join our community of drivers – you’ll be on the road in a matter of days.

How exactly does hot shot hauling work?

Hot shot loads are shipping jobs that need to be delivered quickly, generally less than a full truckload. Urgency is key here – it’s why the jobs pay so well. Flexibility also helps – planning ahead, you can haul multiple hot shots along the same route and save on fuel costs.

Why are there so many hot shot jobs in Texas?

It’s the nature of the business in the area. There’s a lot of oil fields here, and a lot of construction work. These industries often require freight to be moved quickly, and along well-trafficked routes. That’s why there are plenty hot shot loads in Texas available, and why hot shot brokers in Texas make good money.

How much do these hot shot loads in Texas pay?

Now, that’s a tricky one. Your quote will depend on the size of the shipment, how far it needs to travel, and how quickly. As a rough estimate, hot shot rates are usually in the $1 to $3 per mile range. So an average hot shot driving job in Texas might net you a couple of hundred dollars… But if the job takes you across state borders, this can easily go up to thousands.

As an independent transporter, you’ll be setting your own workload. If driving full-time, you could easily be raking in $100,000 a year on hotshots. But if you do it just as a side-hustle, you might be making only a tenth of that.

If you’re new to the business, we advise you to figure out what your cost per mile is early on. There are thousands of shipments posted daily, so you need to plot your routes. With careful planning you could stack hotshot loads in Texas and beyond, saving money on fuel.

What’s the best vehicle for hot shot hauling?

This depends on how much time and resources you plan to invest. Generally speaking, your average hot shot load driver operates a medium-size pickup truck (Class 3-4). The weight limit of up to 16,000 lbs. gives you a nice range able to handle most hot shot loads. Going heavier increases your fuel expenditure, and might require a different shipping strategy that avoids empty runs. Going lighter, meanwhile, can make you miss out on many hot shot loads.

But these are just broad guidelines. Owning a smaller van or a massive flatbed shouldn’t keep you from pursuing hot shot driving jobs! The beauty of the bidding approach to shipping is that you can always find the shipment that suits you.

What kind of paperwork do I need for this?

As an independent interstate transporter, you’ll need both a DOT registration and MC number. If operating within state limits, your standard hauler license might suffice. In Texas, for example, it’s fairly easy to get one, while the federal licensing might take up to eight weeks.

You’ll also need to file for IFTA fuel taxes, and of course proper insurance coverage. Don’t be discouraged by having to jump through all these hoops. The time you spend is an investment – it’ll all pay out once you start clearing those boards!

Ready to start working those Texas hot shot loads?

CitizenShipper’s online marketplace is open to just about everyone. You might be a professional hauler trying to score big on the Texas hot shot load boards. You might be a casual snowbird, enjoying the outdoors and just looking to make a little extra on the side. Either way, hot shot loads are a great earning opportunity.

If you’ve got the wheels and the willpower, it should be easy to find the perfect hot shot job. Just visit our registration page and access our shipment listings, completely free of charge. Join the CitizenShipper community of independent drivers today!

Once you start bidding on hot shot driving jobs in Texas, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Need help building your transporter profile? We’ve got you covered. Tips on shipping motorcycles? Not a problem. And if you run into trouble at any point, our support teams are available 24/7.

Updated October 25, 2021

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sameday couriers birmingham
10 years ago

Citizenshipper.com is a good recommendation for people in the transportation industry.On this site, they operate a shipping marketplace where freelance drivers can visit us and quickly browse hundreds of shipments that need shipping.

mysti
mysti
9 years ago

I am new to this so all the help I can get I greatly appreciate. I have a 1 ton fully truck with a gooseneck trailers 14-18 long. Looking to haul hot shot loads. Need some help in finding loads.

JOHN DIETRICH
JOHN DIETRICH
8 years ago

looking for employment asap

Jerry Howell
Jerry Howell
8 years ago

Have a 1 ton with a 40′ gooseneck looking for loads

T & D Transport Services
T & D Transport Services
8 years ago

Have chevrolet 4500 and 25 ft gooseneck flatbed trailer able to haul 14,500 pds legally and ready to go to work, we are d.o.t. legal and insured and ready to go.

Hot Shot Courier A
Hot Shot Courier A
8 years ago

I have an SUV and looking to put it to work please help me (940)-232-1364 thanks.

Tex Lowe
Tex Lowe
8 years ago

Been truckin’ some 14 years…..quit flatbeddin’ because of forched dispatch! Time to do my own thing! HOT SHOT!
Looking to buy a used truck and trailer for a great price…..living in College Station, Tx. Houston 100 miles SSE, Laredo is 5.5hrs SSE… anybody got an idea? Let me know! 979-997-6187…..

Tex Lowe
Tex Lowe
8 years ago

Been truckin’ some 14 years…..quit flatbeddin’ because of forched dispatch! Time to do my own thing! HOT SHOT!
Looking to buy a used truck and trailer for a great price…..living in College Station, Tx. Houston 100 miles SSE, Laredo is 5.5hrs SSE… anybody got an idea? Let me know! 979-997-6187…..

Lonnie Ingram
Lonnie Ingram
7 years ago

Looking for hot shot employment out of weatherford,texas
to Arlington ,Texas.,Dallas,Texas.,Fort Worth,Texas.,Houston,Texas.,Lubbock,Texas.,Little Rock, AR.,Oklahoma City,Ok.,San Antonio,Texas.,Sheveport,Louisina.,Waco,Texas.,Witchita Falls,Texas.Needed realy soon.

Jeremy Pitak
Jeremy Pitak
7 years ago

I have a very dependable truck no trailer at moment still working on that would like to deliver for you references available ,8594286259

Quentin
Quentin
7 years ago

Looking to hotshot 1 ton dodge 3500 dually ready to start

Quentin
Quentin
7 years ago

Looking to hotshot 1 ton dodge 3500 dually ready to start

Quentin
Quentin
7 years ago

Looking to hotshot 1 ton dodge 3500 dually ready to start

Brandon Lafleur
Brandon Lafleur
7 years ago

I have 3/4 ton f 250 with a 20 foot covered trailor to put to work

Jonpaul Ansders
Jonpaul Ansders
7 years ago

I have a 1ton with a 32′ gooseneck looking for a load me and cousin team drive will get the job done fast

Mark Bierre
Mark Bierre
7 years ago

I have a new 3/4 ton Dodge 2500 heavy duty 4×4 with a 6.4 litre hemi. The truck is equipped with a Companion hitch, and is able to tow 5th wheel, gooseneck, or from the rear. I’m based in FTW, and need some help getting into the hotshot business, regional or long-haul.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith
7 years ago

I own and operate a semi tractor (18 yrs) it stays leased on to a company, however I have a new 3/4 ton that I would like to put to use when I am slow…. In the process of getting gooseneck capabilities and looking for winter work….. thanks

KENDRICK CARR
KENDRICK CARR
7 years ago

PLEASE CALL 214-799-5425, LOOKING TO PUT TRUCK TO WORK IT IS A GOOSENECK LOOKING FOR HOT SHOT DELIVERIES

Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez
7 years ago

have 1 ton dually and 40 ft gosseneck Looking for company working on eagle ford

Jon M.
Jon M.
7 years ago

Have a 2011 Dodge Ram with tow package. Looking into the Hot Shot world. Any help would be very much appreciated..

Doug Gaunce
Doug Gaunce
6 years ago

I have been in the Air freight, Courier and hot shot business for well over 25+ years! I currently own and operate a F-250 pulling a 25ft. Gooseneck with ramps! Looking to load and pull loads anywhere in Texas and Oklahoma! Available Monday thru Saturday! Carry commercial insurance! “You make the call, and Ill make the haul” 817-538-0508. Mckinney, Tx.

Ruben Ortega
Ruben Ortega
6 years ago

yes I think having your own truck is the best way to go now these days the trucking Industry really does need help the work is out their you just got to put your name out where people can know you better….

Cesar Espinoza
Cesar Espinoza
6 years ago

I own and operate a flatbed 20ft and looking to put it to work , I live in houston tx, my phone number is 8324206750

Rynaldo
Rynaldo
5 years ago

Love to work hard and work together as a team.I’m responsible l know to operations loader,manlift,cravedeck,backhoe,
Presserwisher,have a CDL A love to drive with avgooseneck trailer Thank You For Your Time.

B Mys
B Mys
5 years ago

I have a 2004 F250 diesel and would like to make some runs around here in Texas or nationwide. Please contact me. Thanks, Bill

David martinez
David martinez
5 years ago

Have a 3/4 ton 4×4 I can do small loads
David Martinez
3614495261

jeff lynch
jeff lynch
5 years ago

i am looking for job driving somebodys hot shot oct 29 2016

Adriana Salazar
Adriana Salazar
5 years ago

I have GMC 2008 en hoston tx

Anatalia Gomez
Anatalia Gomez
5 years ago

Hello I have a F-150 Ford pickup truck 2008 ..trying to put to work ASAP! I also have my Twic Card and I am ready to go I am based out of Houston,TX thanks very much.

William Cantrell
William Cantrell
4 years ago

Have 2013 F-150 looking to put to work. I work,safe and fast.

David Curtis
David Curtis
4 years ago

Ready to deliver small to medium packages now

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

I have 3 trucks (2 diesels, 1 gas) & 5 flat beds (1 32′ goose, 3 28′ & 1′ 18′ ) . Have a 17 350 diesel arriving any day. I run now but have time available to do more.

Sylvester Smith
Sylvester Smith
4 years ago

I have a 2017 Texas Titan Truck and I am,looking to get into the hot shot business. Please contact me at 979-218-2413 if you can be of any assistance. Thanks!

William Benoit
William Benoit
4 years ago

How do you work the insurance ?
Is there cargo insurance needed?

Lorne Colquitt
Lorne Colquitt
4 years ago

I have a one ton dually looking for work

Kenneth parks
Kenneth parks
4 years ago

Hello my name is Kenneth Parks I am looking forward to learn more about hotshotting I have a 2005 semi peterbuilt single axle looking to put it to work.kennethparks2405@gmail.com.

Brett Seversen
Brett Seversen
4 years ago

Work full time looking for weekend runs. Ran city courier never hot shot. Have a 3/4 ton truck with 5th wheel hitch, trailer pkg, gooseneck, and bumper pull capabilities. New to the hot shot business.

Cesar perales
Cesar perales
4 years ago

Getting ready to start on this after 17 yrs over the road

Columbus Johnson
Columbus Johnson
4 years ago

My name is Columbus I am in need of work been driving for a while I have a new 2017 2ton with long bed trailer and ready to get started up again so if interested please reach me at 979=943-7599 thank you

Climmie johnson
Climmie johnson
4 years ago

Looking to do sprinter van loads

Arthur Fuller
Arthur Fuller
4 years ago

Im interested in doing hotshot loads. 214 281 9969

Keith Rains
Keith Rains
4 years ago

Have 2013 chevy 3500 with 40′ gooseneck trailer. Looking to haul loads across usa

Glenn Collins
Glenn Collins
4 years ago

Have a one ton dully truck with fith wheel looking for work

Oscar Smith
Oscar Smith
4 years ago

Have an F150 and would like to start doing hotshots in Houston Texas. The loads that are shown on the sign up page only shows a few locations and all going out of state. Are there more loads that can be seen once you sign up or is this all for the Houston area.

Gabriel Moreno
Gabriel Moreno
4 years ago

Gabriel Moreno Victoria Texas
2016 F-350 1 ton dually.
Trailers: 40′ gooseneck, 22′ gooseneck, 20 car hauler with winch.
1-361-550-5539/1-956-499-7030
Looking for loads. Thanks

Gabriel Villalobos
Gabriel Villalobos
4 years ago

I have a 2004 3500 dually with a 2017 duel tandem dove tale ready for work .

Thomas Anderson
Thomas Anderson
3 years ago

I am new to this so all the help I can get I greatly appreciate. I have a 1 ton Dulley truck with a gooseneck 24ft trailer. Looking to haul hot shot loads
Dallas, from worth TX

Thomas Anderson
Thomas Anderson
3 years ago

I have a 1 ton Dulley truck with a gooseneck 24ft trailer. Looking to haul hot shot loads
Dallas, from worth TX

bartt Jones
bartt Jones
3 years ago

I have a 1 ton f 350, Looking to haul loads around Northeast Texas. Can go out of state if the haul worth it. looking to hookup and haul for now…
barttman21@hotmail.com
4693165456 pls text

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

I have 3/4 ton ram with 16 foot flat bed trailer and can haul locally here in the Temple Texas area.(254)654-2994

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