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Discussion in 'Business Tips and Taxes' started by Drew21, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Drew21

    Drew21 New Recruit Researching

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    Think how much you could save if the only expenses you had to worry about with the profits from the truck was the truck expenses itself. And the main focus is the moral of the drivers. Just like pilots, the better you take care of them and show respect the more likely they will be respectful and present good conduct at customer docks. To help build a good relationship with shipper and to help secure lanes.


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    Worn Out Manager Veteran Expediter Owner/Operator US Air Force

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    Let's just say when someone starts a conversation with "How Much Should I Charge" or "How Much Should I Pay " many of us are skeptical. You wouldn't go to a job interview and start off with "What's The Pay"! If you want advice go to Newbies Paradise thread and read back aways. Then formulate some questions that help you understand how the business works, not how it pays. Good luck

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    • Drew21

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      Well I have about three years to formulate so yeah.


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      Ragman Veteran Expediter Retired Expediter

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      I don't know you, and you don't know me. Why would i give up the security i have to drive for you? Sell me on the idea....
       
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      I doubt anyone with a good job already will leave to drive for someone just starting. I have some resources from truck drivers I know that said they would help me out and drive for me. They know me and know I keep my word too tho. Talked to one guy I know that can find his own loads if need be.


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      I've talked to them since I've posted this.


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      Im just playing devils advocate.

      I really do wish you .
       
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      We are also looking at adding on a truck and after actively being expediters for the past thirteen years I am still struggling with how to make this work so that all of us will be profitable.

      For you to make it work with no experience you need to do a lot more research and getting your own authority and driving is not going to work in the Expedite arena.

      Start making plans by talking to drivers, contacting current fleet owners, attend the Expedite Expo next July, and have the patience to learn what Expediting is all about.

      Remember not everyone is going to want to share all of their hard-earned knowledge with you and you not have to do the research to first figure out how expediting works.
       
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      I realize this post original tread is kinda dead, BUT....having read thru it, I thought it posed many good ideas to kick around and maybe learn a few things.

      I don't understand why those involved in trucking would inform another would be owner to seek another investment, when they themselves are in trucking???

      I know several ( a few ) owners who have never turned a wheel, but have smart business sense. And started out asking questions from those with experience. Starting from scratch, and are doing well. Headaches, yes...but what business owner doesn't???
      Personally, I think to my self...why would anybody want to make "widgets'? or own a MacDonalds? etc......

      If the OP is still around....my first question would be, if you lose that driver and your equipment is idle....can YOU jump into that truck and at the very least, have it ( the equipment ) pay for itself....? Or will it sit, and become an investment draw down....much like a stock investment can go down. Not sure if that is a good example n this case, but I'm kicking around ideas to start a dialogue.

      Now my husband, and biz partner, could answer these questions....but he won't post on boards. He feels too much negativity.... prove him wrong????

      If you write "just don't do it"....write why YOU are doing it? Why aren't you
      "Investing" your time and money elsewhere?

      Just food for thought and discussion.....
       
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      That is a good decision to start your own fleet business. I hope you will succeed. My best wishes are with you.
       
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      Yup totally agree with you or else he could encounter great loses
       
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