To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate? A Brief, Incomplete Guide for the Beginning Expediter
The question of whether or not owner/operators should incorporate is a deeply important one to consider, especially when one is reasonably early in his or her trucking career. While it’s certainly not a requirement for owner/operators to incorporate in any way, there are a number of advantages and protections that can be enjoyed when a driver that acts as an independent contractor incorporates, either as an LLC or a Corporation.
Trends Have Less to do With Trucks Than Regulations: Drivers Speak
The most recent trends with respect to expediting and trucking lie within the confines of the cab. It should be noted, though, that the great majority of these trends don’t necessarily relate to a particular gadget or actual component of your truck, but rather in the requirements and legalities, and other trends related to how you’re driving your truck.
Big versus Little Carriers: A Game of â€œWould You Rather?â€
The differences between large and small carriers are undeniable, and most drivers, as you might guess, have an opinion about these differences.
E-Commerce and Transportation: How Much Has it Improved Things?
My typical approach with these pieces involves a bit of research, a bit of opinion, and sometimes asking the members of the EO forums their thoughts about a particular topic so that I can incorporate those into the piece in question. This time, I thought I’d take a different road--mostly because of the breadth of the topic as it relates to trucking.
Insurance 101: What's Out There For Drivers?
The issue of insurance and its ins and outs can be something of a hurdle for folks who are new to expediting. There’s something of a maze when it comes to insurance, and it can be hard to tell at times what the right plan is, what’s required, and what plans will give you the security you need in the event of an accident.
The Numbers Are In: August 2010 Another (Mostly) Great Month
Last week, Sylectus released their monthly analysis of the data they collect, which chronicles the ups and downs of the expediting industry. This month’s numbers cover August 2010, and as you might expect, things have lately been on an upward tilt across the board.
Maximizing Productivity is Easier Than You Think
“Productivity,” as a generalized concept, is pretty broad. it can include all industries, products, workers--essentially, the whole of business. But taken as a word, its definition is extraordinarily simple: productivity is a measure of output per unit of input. As a driver, carrier, fleet owner, or however you’d define yourself in the expediting industry, it all comes down to one thing: keeping the freight moving.
Sylectus: Best July Ever, Just as Predicted
Last week, Sylectus released their always-informative overview of industry activity for the month of July. In our piece covering their June 2010 report, we noted the prediction that July would be even better than June.
Not that is should come as a surprise, but Sylectus was right.
Starting and Managing a Successful Trucking Business Part II
Our prior article discussed getting into the trucking business. This article we are going to discuss the haul and financing your equipment.
Does Your Attitude Help or Hurt Your Business?
There are some folks who believe that attitude, and specifically a positive attitude, affects a person's business life. To be sure, there are some who, well, don't. You've probably met people on both sides of the fence. Likewise, you probably have an opinion of them one way or another, as well.
The question remains: how much does attitude figure into business, and more specifically, how does it figure in?