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Showing posts with label Trucking Business Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trucking Business Tips. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Improve Your Trucking Business In 2018

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New year new you right? That’s usually how New Year’s resolutions go. You can pick the usual things, like deciding to finally get in shape and maybe eat right. Or you can take 2018 to the next level by improving your trucking business.

It’s a great time to sit down and review the books to see how you can take steps to create a more profitable year in 2018. By taking a step back to put new plans and procedures in place you could really make a difference for yourself and all of your employees.

Improve Your Trucking Business In 2018


Improve Driver Health

As we mentioned above, it’s extremely common for people to vow to get in shape for the new year. You can help your drivers do this by providing them with workout equipment in their rigs. Things like push up handles and resistant straps go a long way, without taking up a lot of space.

You can also get them basic fitness trackers to show them how much they move. This could motivate your drivers to become more active. Don’t forget to cover nutrition, by providing them with the facts on how unhealthy fast food options are and by letting them know what protein packed foods they should be looking for.

Cut Costs
Go over the books to see where your business is losing money so you can figure out where to save. The number one trucking expense is fuel, so train your drivers on how to be more fuel efficient. They can do this by avoiding stop and go traffic, slowly accelerating, by coming to smooth stops, and more.

You can also save by cutting lodging expenses by sleeping in your rig. All you have to do is make it a little more comfortable for a great night of sleep. Also, by your snacks in bulk to save money by not having to buy your favorite items with marked up prices every time you get hungry.

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Retain Drivers

The high turnover rate among drivers can devastate your business. How can you accept loads if you’re constantly searching for new people to drive your trucks? Keep your seats filled by offering better benefits.

Work with your drivers to offer the healthcare coverage that they need. Also, be sure to offer good rewards and incentives for doing a good job and sticking with your company. Maybe offer them prizes for continuously being safe drivers. Plus, you could provide upward mobility and educate them about the industry so they grow as drivers.

Prepare For Tax Season

Tax season is right around the corner. If you miss an important deadline you will find yourself with expensive penalties and fines. Be sure to use ExpressTruckTax to file your 2290 online by your deadline.

Also, you have a lot of employee tax deadlines coming up. You need to file Form W-2, any Form 1099-MISCs, and Form 941 by January 31! Check out how our sister company TaxBandits can help you quickly and easily file by the deadline.

If you need any assistance with Form 2290 give the dedicated, US-based ExpressTruckTax team a call at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@ExpressTruckTax.com.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

4 Simple Tips for Trucking Success

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Getting into the trucking business is a difficult task. Many people try to break into the market every year and fail. Either as drivers, fleet owners, owner-operators, and more. No matter how you want to emerge in the business there are risks to face. Trucking isn't just something you can wake up one day and decide to do because it takes a lot of practice and learning to be good at it.

To help you and your career along today we’re focusing on the positives to prepare you for the transportation industry by providing you with a few keys to trucking success. No matter if you’re starting out as a company driver or trying to launch your own fleet, check out these tips.

The Keys To Success

1. Budget

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that trucking is expensive. You will want to save anywhere you can, especially in the beginning. Do things like research all of your options before making a purchase. For example, don’t jump on the first big rig you see, considering buying used or leasing instead. Also, shop around and compare the best insurance rates to suit the best one for your needs.

When you’re on the road slow down. Literally, driving at slower speeds will help you save fuel, which is your number one expense. You may want to also join a fuel rewards club to see where you can save. Also, stop buying expensive meals and fast food all the time. Save by making meals in your cab and by buying your snacks in bulk to take along with you. Another way to save a lot is to sleep in your truck instead of buying a motel room.

2. Stay Healthy

When you first hit the road it can be easy to let yourself go. Literally, the trucking lifestyle that involves sitting and poor food options can be extremely unkind to your britches, because you may end up ripping through them. The amount of time drivers spend sedentary can lead to rapid weight gain, depression, heart disease, sleep apnea, and more.

Be aware of how much you sit and what you eat. Try to bring your own healthier meals on the road or choose from healthier fast food options like grilled chicken salads, which are actually very filling, just avoid the salad dressing and croutons. When you park, get a good walk in by exploring the truck stop or just by lapping your rig. Smartphones will record your steps to give you an idea of your activity. Also, you can bring strength training equipment in your rig.

3. Be Proactive


You can’t wait for business to fall in your lap. Using load boards is a great way to get started but you’ll bring in much more by building quality relationships with shippers. Call them, be polite, and deliver your loads on time. If your delivery will be delayed let your dispatcher know as soon as you discover that information. You could text them, but it’s best to call them directly and never text and drive. 

Part of being proactive is seeming like you care. That means wear something nicer than sweats and flip flops all the time, be polite, and remember to shower. Carriers talk to shippers and can make or break your reputation pretty quickly, so be professional. Plus, having a good attitude can help you get warnings instead of tickets.

4. Just Ask Your Question 

In this business, there is always something new to learn, but you have to look for it. Read articles online and simply ask other drivers for help. You can ask them questions on online forums or in person and they will appreciate being asked and usually love to talk.

Our last bit of knowledge today to share is GOAL. Get Out And Look! If you’re backing up or pulling onto a road and aren’t sure if you have a place to turn around or not then get out and look. It’s perfectly fine to take your time. Spending a few minutes taking a look before backing up is much better than hitting something.

Enjoy The Road


Congratulations on your trucking career. No matter where you are in the transportation industry you play a major role in moving our economy forward. Just remember to budget, keep your health in mind, be proactive, and if you have a question just ask!

If you have more keys to success for trucking please add them to the comment section below and visit ExpressTruckTax.com for more trucking blogs.
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