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26' Straight box trucking


New Recruit
hope everyone had a great holiday. Happy New Year to all of you, and your family.
My name is Nick. I would like to get some suggestions, input, opinion on starting at 26ft non-cdl straight box truck business.
I have the following questions and concerns:
1. is it better to start out by leasing a truck?
2. if I do lease a truck do I still need to apply for DOT, MC number along with getting insurance?
3. on average how much do straight truck insurance runs? what kind of insurance do I need to get?
4. do I need to get DOT physical and medical card?
5. where do I find loads for straight trucks?
6. is it better to work with a dispatcher or a broker? how much do they normally charge?
7. is leasing on to a bigger carrier worth it? which carrier(s) leases straight trucks?

if I miss anything or you like to add more please feel free to do so.
thank you for your help.