This chart compares three fictional carriers. The second column shows their advertised mileage rate. The next four columns show the 0/0 inputs, or costs of doing business with the carrier. Total gross earning potential --including picks and drops and extra fees-- in shown in the eighth column, with the revenue after deductions shown in column nine. Columns 10 and 11 show bonuses and possible fuel surcharge recovery from the carrier, bringing the total possible earning potential to column 12. The last column in the real mileage rate after all the calculations.

Remember, it's a fictional comparison, but the numbers are realistic. And don't forget to consider any up-front start-up costs such as painting, adding a pump or wet-line or buying a side-kit with chains, straps and tarps. By using a similar chart, you can get down to the bottom line and make a real comparison of several carriers.

Carrier to Carrier Comparison
  Advertised Base rate Advertised O/O Inputs Advertised Costs Annual Costs & deductions Administration Fees Paid Pick & Drop: Extras Poss annual gross revenue Poss annual net revenue Profit or Safety Bonus Poss FS recovery Total poss earnings Actual $ per Mile
Carrier A $1.05 Base Plate $3,000 $3,000   $25 per P&D $120,500 $117,500 4% or $4800 A - 8250 $127,100 1.15 / mile
            Avg 2/trip            
Carrier B $1.18 Base Plate $3,000 $11,300 $250/mth or   $129,800 $115,500   B - 6600 $122,100 1.11 / mile
    Ins - 6% $7,800   $3000/year              
    permits,fees $500                  
Carrier C $1.10 Base Plate $3,000 $3,000 $250/mth or Tarp - 30 $126,500 $120,500   C - 12100 $132,600 1.20 / mile
          $3000/year P & D 25            
            Avg 1 extra            
Possible Gross Earnings based on 110,000 miles, 100 trips   FS = Fuel Surcharge   A = 5% of carrier's revenue, avg $1.50 per mile B = 6ยข per mile on all miles C = 10% of 0/0 mileage earnings