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Sep 07

Most lanes pay better in one direction than they do in the other, but Chicago to Minneapolis is one of those lanes that can flip directions in the fall, when you can make more money heading from Minneapolis to Chicago.

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112 Aug 15

Running hot shots is one of the easier ways to start your own trucking company. Seeking out small-truck loads or LTL (less than truckload) loads has a lot of pros and cons, but one of the most confusing things about the business is figuring out what rate you should charge.

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1 Aug 02

Many new trucking companies close their doors within the first year of operation. Why? There are a few of the common mistakes that I’ve seen owner-operators and small carriers make, and as a result I’ve seen a huge number of them close their doors before their first anniversary.

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27 Jul 27

If you feel like you’re wasting too many hours at the docks, you’re not alone. DAT surveyed 257 carriers and owner-operators, and 63% of them told us that the average amount of time they spend waiting for a shipper to get them loaded or unloaded is more than 3 hours.

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2 May 25

Loads have been easy to find in Houston for most of the year, but they usually don't pay great. Here's one way to get around that.

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2 Apr 28

Need to find a load fast? Here's a list of 5 markets for each equipment type that have a lot of loads and relatively few trucks.

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Mar 29

You can make more money and turn a so-so week into a really good one, by planning your routes in advance. Here are two basic rules for route planning, plus a couple of examples and some free tools, to get you started.

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7 Mar 15

Thinking about starting your own business? There are a lot of upfront costs associated with getting your motor carrier authority, not to mention the maze of regulations. To help you decide whether or not to take the plunge, I’ve listed some of the hoops you’ll have to jump through to give you an idea of what it’ll cost to start your own trucking company.

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30 Feb 25

Demand for vans is slowly starting to pick up, but load-to-truck ratios are still very low in some parts of the country. In Chicago, the ratio has been as bad as 0.2 loads per truck this month. If load posts are up, then where's the freight? Look here.


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Feb 25

Psssst … wanna know how you could win a brand new ATV? We’ll be giving away over $9,000 worth of prizes from Cabela’s at MATS. Find out how you can enter to win.

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