Having started as a turn boy and hence an assistant to a truck driver, it might have seemed an impossibility that someday, not so many years later, I would own three trucks and thus manage my mini-transit entity. However, I am currently proud to state that despite the challenges that are associated with an executive, managerial position, I have never felt this accomplished before. I still hold aspirations of bettering my business profile and insight to increase the fleet of trucks under my management and ownership and expand the number of people working for me since my trucks would need additional personnel to drive them around. While at it, I have maintained a constant and relatively open approach to continually improving my personnel and investment management skills because a better grasp of these two skills is what has so far enabled me to come this far.
As a driver assistant, I used to have minimal tasks that were less demanding accorded to me. I, therefore, had a lot of free time and could at times even party for half the night, although I had to be up early to execute my duties as a turn boy. Nonetheless, the freedom I so much enjoyed started bothering me after a short stint, nearly six months, of being an assistant drive. In its place manifested passion for being accorded more responsibilities and even be entrusted with a truck. Being a truck driver would mean a more respectable title and job designation within the trucking and transit community, and that is what I longed for when I tired of my role as a turn boy. As such, I enrolled for a refresher-driving course and would offer to drive the truck if the tasks assigned to my designated truck involved traveling within short distances such as the locality. True to my ambition, I soon became a driver with someone else under me as a turn boy and helper, a position I immediately and previously occupied.
In my newfound position as a truck driver, I marveled and shortly felt content, but the feeling would not last for long. Some four or so months into a full-time truck driving position made the experience seem monotonous. I also developed a new ambition that would make me my boss, if I could own and drive my truck, I stood to earn more money and live an even more comfortable life. The milestone I envisioned would additionally mean more control over my working schedule, moving me towards self-actualization. For the second time in less than a year, I was burning with ambition to better my professional profile. In a similar fashion to the previous episode, I resolved to learn the basics and intricacies of running a trucking business enterprise. Being an actively practicing trucker, I was averse to the rope ins of effectively running a small-sized enterprise focused on logistics using trucks. My next step was looking at possible financial plans with which to use in acquiring a truck. At the time, a relatively short working stint and a limited financial footprint made me ineligible for a loan, but I did not lose hope. Instead, I studied finance plans more, began saving, and enrolled in a part-time and online managerial course.
Despite a burning ambition and longing to go into self-employment, it took me more than a year and a half of savings to finally purchase my first truck, a salvage whose involvement in a road accident rendered the engine dysfunctional, making the insurance company write it off. I worked for six more months to facilitate the purchase of a new engine and restore the truck to roadworthiness. The six months of owning a truck I could not drive around were the most trying point of my entrepreneurial journey, but eventually, I had a truck that could run. To show gratitude to my then employer, I gave them a three-month notice before my resignation and sought to be guided along a new path. To my surprise, my former boss offered me an assistant whom he would pay for three months, serviced my truck for free, and hooked me up with gigs in the form of referrals from some of their surplus tasks. Looking back, I am forever grateful for having such an understanding boss and am glad to say we still maintain an active relationship to this day.
Having previously served as a truck driver, taken graduated with a business management certificate, and is well situated at the onset of my entrepreneurship journey as a trucker, I expected to break even soon and start profiting. However, that was not to be the case. I had my fair share of challenges and even considered quitting, selling the truck, and getting back to be an employee at some point because there were periods business was slow. Consulting with my turn boy from my former employer, fellow entrepreneurs, and family members kept me going, and soon I began reaping the profits of entrepreneurship. To raise my profile and demand, I made sure to offer the best services and charge favorable rates slightly above the price floor.
With time, my understanding of business patterns made me schedule business expenses and spread the revenue earned during periods when trucking services were high through to seasons of slow business. My clients additionally made referrals for having offered them exemplary services, and soon I had to hire more people and purchase the second truck on loan thanks to an improved credit score index. The rising profile of my trucking business, which is by all perspectives quite a commendable success story of transitioning from a mere employee to a business owner, necessitated the entity hiring a warehouse that served as a garage and base of operations. Some two years, ever since I purchased my second truck had to add yet another one to help manage the ever-growing demand for my logistics services. Through my transition from a turn boy to a business owner, initiative and innovation have proven efficient in my blazing through multiple phases with wide variances between consequent stages.