After all the expenses of buying a van and getting insurance, the hardest part is getting the work!
There are lots of people in this business and starting every day. Consider this, if you were a business who subbed out work to drivers who would you trust? So that's a hurdle to get over, getting known and trusted if you are looking to get subbie work.
Of course you could get your own direct customers, but again your in a very competitive market and as a one man band with a certain size of vehicle, when you approach potential customers how do you build in resilience for the time they want you but your already busy? or they want a different size van? This is where building contacts and trust come in again so that you can approach others to help you.
Loving driving is not the be all and end all either. If your successful getting business and you have driven thousands of miles all over the country this week and your tired and its Friday evening and you get the call from that company you've been trying to get into and its gonna be another late night...
Just some thoughts from another newbie after 6 months making my way in this business... oh and don't forget that sometimes you have to wait some time for your money, maybe 60 days in some cases so make sure you have something to get by on. Luckily I have been able to avoid the none payers but there is always a first time.
And on that cheery note, good luck. Its hard but can be done and its enjoyable in the most part. Funny enough its not so much the driving I enjoy, its meeting new people and quite often seeing interesting places and businesses.