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Operating A Truck Business Being a great trucker and running a truck business does not fall into the same league of success, because truckers may be good in driving and charting routes but may not necessarily be good businessmen. Here are some valuable tips to put you into the right direction if you plan to put up a trucking business. By investing on the right trucking equipment, even if this is an expensive investment, is putting you into the right direction in starting this kind of business. Then, you have to further decide on how to secure the equipment, buy or lease it. When you plan to buy the equipment, be sure you have the money to pay for the down payment, so that the rest of the balanced value of the equipment can be gradually paid off through a loan. If you don’t have the sufficient funds, the only option left is to lease the equipment. There are a lot of leasing companies that deal with truck rentals and their terms vary according to the kind of equipment or some will allow structuring the rental to suit into your capacity to pay or even structuring in a way that you’ll be owning the equipment after the last payment. Since the decision will be on you, on whether to buy or to lease, why not consult the services of an experienced accountant, one who can help you see your financial condition and can provide projections so that you are able to get the pros and cons of the investment situation and can land on a better decision. Once you have ironed out your dilemma on getting the right equipment, the next big step is how to get the right customers. By checking online on the load board, which is an online matching system which allows shippers and freight brokers to post loads, as well as also allowing truck operators to post their equipment, you are able to get your first customers. Using the load boards to get customers is a short-term strategy, the best plan to really get good customers and on a long-term basis is to do the hard work of making sales calls to shippers, freight brokers, manufacturing companies and build your customer list.
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In order for you to attract customers, bid well such that the price is low enough for you to be competitive and still earn some profits. By calculating backwards, such that you compute first on your operating expenses, like maintenance, truck repairs, truck and trailer payments, fuel and labor cost, you are able to project what your profit margin should be and, eventually, compute for your bid price.
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An efficient back office is needed when you have a fleet of trucks. To have your business run on efficiency, your back office should have trained personnel who can do functions, such as settlements, clearances, record maintenance, regulatory compliance, accounting and IT services. In most cases in running the business, shippers or other customers may pay you on net-40 or net-60 day terms, which means that you will have to wait for two months to be paid on a load that you have already delivered and this will create a low cash flow for your business. When there’s an existing cash flow problem, to remedy this, try sourcing the freight factoring program, which is a financing company that provides funds to pay for freight bills, drivers’ salary, fuel and repairs, and by ironing out your problem, you are able to continue with operation and take on new loads.