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Tips on starting a trucking companyIf you are thinking of starting your own trucking company (or are already in the process), here are a few things you need to know. Use these tips to make sure you have everything in place before hitting the road.

Preventive Maintenance Schedule Setup

Preventive Maintenance Setting Up a Schedule Preventive maintenance isn’t just necessary, it’s mandatory. According to the FMCSA Regulations, Section §396.3, “Every motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject [...]

By |2019-09-20T15:58:24-06:00August 15th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips|Comments Off on Preventive Maintenance Schedule Setup

Credit Checks – Avoid Being Swindled

Credit Checks Avoid Being Swindled Would you give a stranger a $2,000 loan? If you haul freight for a customer and they don’t pay you immediately after dropping the load, that’s essentially what you are doing. Credit is the reality of the trucking industry. Most shippers remit payments based [...]

By |2019-09-20T16:02:30-06:00June 28th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips|Comments Off on Credit Checks – Avoid Being Swindled

Pulping: Why is it important?

Pulping Why is it important? I went to the grocery store today and spotted avocados on display. Avocados are a seasonal fruit - not native to Olathe, KS - yet I can go into the grocery store and find them year-round. Truck drivers and advancing technologies (such as refrigerated [...]

By |2019-09-20T16:22:31-06:00June 18th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips|Comments Off on Pulping: Why is it important?

Don’t Ruin Your Business – Avoid Poor Planning

Don’t Ruin Your Business Avoid Poor Planning Incoming cash flow is the first hurdle of owning a trucking company. The second is equipment. Trucks and trailers cost money to operate. However, if they are well taken care of, the cost doesn’t need to sink your business. Invest in [...]

By |2019-09-20T16:42:34-06:00March 15th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Ruin Your Business – Avoid Poor Planning

Don’t Ruin Your Business – Avoid Bad Cash Flow

Don't Ruin Your Business Avoid Bad Cash Flow Owning a trucking company can feel like the odds are stacked against you. Starting your business requires a large amount of capital and it takes even more to stay on the road. Overhead costs are a never-ending cycle, but you have [...]

By |2019-10-10T11:29:25-06:00March 14th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Ruin Your Business – Avoid Bad Cash Flow

Tips for Negotiating Freight Rates

Tips for Negotiating Freight Rates You found a load on a load board that meets your business requirements.  The next step is contacting the broker to negotiate the freight rate. Rates listed on load boards are rarely “all-in”. “All-in rates” cover the hauling cost as well as assessorial [...]

By |2019-09-20T16:47:29-06:00February 12th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips, Using a Load Board|Comments Off on Tips for Negotiating Freight Rates

Tips for Finding Freight on a Load Board

Tips for Finding Freight on a Load Board Load boards are a versatile tool. You can advertise your truck’s availability to brokers or search for suitable loads yourself. However, a load board’s most important quality is its insight into current trucking/lane market trends. Knowing how to read a load [...]

By |2019-09-20T16:53:05-06:00February 5th, 2018|Starting a Trucking Company, Trucking Business Tips, Using a Load Board|Comments Off on Tips for Finding Freight on a Load Board