Author: Hotshot Warriors

Independent Drivers Versus Signing with a Company

A customer base is integral to a successful hotshot business. A lot of truckers opt to sign with a trucking company that already has built those connections. That poses the question: should you sign with a trucking company or just be an independent driver?  Signing with a Company A lot of trucking companies that need their goods delivered quickly to specific destinations choose to contract truckers to haul their freight. If you choose this route, you may find it easier to get cargo to haul, and you will also be free from the responsibility of dealing with billing and paperwork. ...

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A Hotshot Trucker’s Guide to 123Loadboard

Load boards are necessary for any hotshot trucker. Load boards allow for different companies to post a list of hauls, and hotshot truckers can bid on them for work. For truck drivers to conduct a successful load search that delivers the best results, they should work with a robust load board database. One popular load board with a variety is 123Loadboard. What is 123Loadboard? 123Loadboard was established in 2004 to fill a niche for a freight matching marketplace where carriers, brokers, and shippers can move freight all across North America.  Since its inception, 123Loadboard has enabled owner-operator and broker organizations to affordably find loads and equipment types and create...

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The Pros and Cons of Finding a Niche in the Hotshot Industry

The commercial trucking industry is fiercely competitive. While it may seem like a great idea to be open to all areas of the business, taking on too much could potentially harm your company in the long run. Focusing on a specific niche market, on the other hand, can really help your business stand out and develop.   What is a Niche?  A niche is a specific demographic you focus all your marketing efforts on and target. Niches can determine the logistics of your hotshot business, but they are a great way to market your business. One of the reasons truckers go into...

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The 4 Things Your Hotshot Insurance Should Cover

It goes without saying that you need insurance if you are a part of the commercial freight industry. You hope you will not need it, but accidents can occur and lives and property might be lost. Here are the four things your hotshot insurance should cover.  1.) Liability  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truckers to carry at least $750,000 in liability. This will not cut it for hotshot truckers though. The reason is that load brokers and shippers mostly require $1,000,000 of liability before they will release the load. 2.) Physical Damage Coverage  Physical Damage Insurance is an...

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Gatormade 40 ft. 24.9K Freight Hot Shot Gooseneck Review

The Gatormade 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck is quite popular in the hotshot and freight industry. The Hotshot Gooseneck comes with standard features that make it a tough performer. It is a balance of long-term quality and value. Weight Specifics  The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 24,900 pounds. The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) is 10,000 pounds per axle. The weight of the Hotshot Gooseneck is 9,500 pounds. That means the carrying capacity is 15,400 pounds. Dexter Axles  The 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck has two 10K oil bath Dexter Axles. Dexter Axles is a progressive...

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