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Confessions of an Owner-Operator: Advice for Getting Started

Being an owner-operator turned out to be a lucrative business for me, which is why I’m grateful for sites like that give new drivers all the tools they need to become a successful truck driver. But when I got started, things weren’t that easy. I spent more than 25 years as a professional driver, eventually landing a million-dollar-a-year contract with a company. When… Read More

6 steps to adding a brokerage to your trucking company

Do you have shipper customers who need to move more freight than you can service with the current size of your fleet? You could buy more trucks to move that extra freight, but adding a brokerage is another option. If you already have relationships with shippers, know their lanes, and know the capacity that they need, then brokering their freight could add another source of revenue for your transportation business. There are 6 steps… Read More

MC Numbers Going Away—But Not So Soon

UPDATE 1/17/17: The FMCSA announced that it is temporarily putting on hold the effective date for EXISTING carriers and brokers to begin using the new Unified Registration System. The agency has not yet set a new effective date. For… Read More

How to Get Your Operating Authority

UPDATED: May 8, 2018. If you're an owner-operator who's leased on with a carrier, you've probably toyed with the idea of getting your own authority. While there's a lot less financial risk when you’re leased on, many drivers want the chance to earn more money and run independently. It takes about 5 to 7 weeks to complete your authority. There are a lot of upfront costs associated with getting your operating… Read More