Author: Hotshot Warriors

What Every Trucker Should Know About Deadheading

Running on an empty trailer is a major problem in the trucking industry. Commonly called as deadheading, this scenario typically happens when you drive to and from the shipping and unloading points. The distance traveled while the trailer is empty is called deadhead miles. These miles burn gas and wear out your tires, pulling down your potential profit. A reduction in deadhead miles can significantly help your business achieve its financial goals. You can calculate the actual deadhead miles by getting the total miles driven less the miles that are paid. The difference will be deadhead miles. Safety Problem...

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5 Tips to Get High-Paying Freight Loads

When finding loads, the ultimate goal is to maximize your earning potential. Getting high-paying loads involves careful planning and strategies. Here are tips to help you get started. 1. Find a niche. The high-paying freight loads are usually with direct shippers. This will save you between 10-20% that goes to brokers or load board fees. However, it can be a challenge to find a direct shipper especially if you are an owner-operator and are new to the business. One effective way to finding direct shippers is to find a niche and become a go-to person for that niche. It...

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5 Ways to Prepare your Fleet for 2019

December is a busy time for holiday parties and festive events. Aside from that, it is also an ideal time to prepare your fleet for the coming new year. These preparations are a must to ensure smooth operations as the new year arrives. Review the maintenance records of your trucks and trailers. Ideally, you need to perform regular fleet maintenance throughout the year. But with the typical busy schedule of hotshot truckers, this is often forgotten or neglected. Now is the time to review your records and perform necessary maintenance procedures on your fleet so that they are ready...

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5 Tips to Sell Your Hotshot Services

Truck loads are the bread and butter of the hotshot business. If you want to succeed, you should plan your strategies on how to get profitable truck loads. Whatever your strategies are, one thing is for sure: you need to master the art of selling your services. Here are some tips that can help you: 1. Project the image of success. Shippers want to deal with reputable companies and this is why your image as a business is so important. A well-maintained fleet, neat office and professional-looking drivers will speak much about your business.   2. Be specific when...

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Truckers: Make More Money in a Tough Economy

With volatile freight rates, ever-changing DOT regulations and the high cost of running a trucking business, many small carriers and owner-operators have trouble staying in business while others have seen surprising success in their business – simply by using all the features in their load boards. A load board is a web-based search engine where drivers post trucks and find freight. Like an internet dating service, carriers meet shippers and brokers online. Some carriers use a load board to book every trip and others use it for back hauls. They keep trucks full, allowing drivers to avoid empty miles....

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