Once you've become independent, you will be able to start your own transporting company. Buy a garage that will serve as your office and headquarters, hire drivers that will work for you, and buy them trucks so they will have something to drive with and make you money. You won't need much to begin with, but it will take a lot to build the greatest, prosperous company in UKy. To be successful you will need to expand to other cities by establishing more branch offices, and to constantly grow and upgrade your driver fleet, so it will be able to be even more efficient and profitable.
Every company needs an office - a place where its employees can gather and where it can store its property. Since you will be working in the truck driving business in this game, your offices will serve also as garages for the trucks you own. To buy a garage come to any city and find the marker with animated pile of coins, it will designate that the building is for sale. Drive over the marker to initiate the purchase dialogue.
Once you've bought at least one garage, you will be able to start filling it with trucks and hired drivers. A newly bought garage will become your small branch office that will fit only two employees and two trucks. You will have to come to your office and drive inside it to be able to check on your drivers' progress, or to give them further instructions. This is not very practical if you are planning on growing a busy, big company, so you should upgrade your small office to a bigger one at the first opportunity.
In your garage you will be able to refuel and repair your trucks. It will give you a big advantage and save you some money, since it's cheaper by 20 % having your company's mechanics to look after your equipment rather than using public services.
To upgrade your office either visit it or open the company management interface in your notebook. Click on the garage in question on the map on the management screen and select "Upgrade" from the context menu that will appear. After paying the cost, your small office will become your headquarters that will be able to accommodate up to five employees and trucks. Establishing the headquarters will also enable you to manage your company remotely from the notebook. You will be able to hire drivers, buy trucks, or relocate them to your other offices directly from your management screen.
You may upgrade all of your small offices in such fashion.
Before you hire any drivers, you should make sure you will have enough trucks for them in your garage, so they will not sit idle. A driver without a truck will not work, but he will still take the pay!
You can buy trucks for your company the same way you would buy a truck for yourself - at the truck dealer; you will just need to send it to your garage afterwards. You will need to have a free space in your garage to do so, of course, otherwise you will have to trade in one of your trucks you've bought earlier.
Later, when you have established the headquarters, you will have an option to buy the trucks online through the management interface in your notebook or from your headquarters.
If you have acquired a company office and a few company trucks, it will be time to hire some drivers who would start earning you money. You can find employees through the Recruitment agencies that are located in the majority of the cities. At first, they will be unknown to you, so you can find them only by looking for the animated markers with the question mark along the road and driving over them. It is similar to the discovering of the truck dealers. If the marker's shape changes to the globe with the looking glass, you will have discovered a Recruitment agency, which will be now marked on your map.
The recruitment agency will offer you a selection of drivers of various skill. A one star driver will ask for a small pay, but he will also generate only small income and damage the equipment often. On the other hand, a five star driver will want much higher wage, but he will drive more carefully and efficiently. In the beginning you will encounter mostly the drivers with the lower trucking skill. With time, as your reputation will grow, you will attract more and more skilled employees.
After you take your pick from the selection, you will need to assign the driver to a garage. Select a free slot in the garage of your choice and press "Hire". The driver will travel to the assigned garage by himself, and if there's an available truck in the slot directly above him, he will occupy it and begin working right away. If you want to assign a different truck to the driver, just swap the slots so the assigned truck will be placed directly above the driver. A driver will be always associated with the truck on the slot that will have the same position in the row as the driver has.
Later, when you have established the headquarters, you will have an option to hire the drivers online through the management interface in your notebook or from your headquarters.
Your drivers will find work themselves if they have trucks assigned. You won't need to point them to every job. It is still worth keeping an eye on overall garage efficiency from time to time though, as improving the truck fleet and employing more skilled drivers can significantly boost your revenues.