I’m sitting here in my office reflecting on the past few months thinking about the winter ahead, and what it might bring…
I’ve signed on as a dedicated driver (Landstar agent) for a local (regional) company for at least a month, and have another dedicated opportunity coming at the end of November thru the Christmas season..
It’s been a few months since I’ve been here, and it’s been quite busy. I’ve been back in Canada, and toured the New-England arena circuit to success. The tour was great, and I was able to meet a few new friends. I also worked with some wonderful agents that I look forward to working with next summer…
Back to the grindstone as I have three months of bookkeeping to catch up on. I can’t let this happen again, as my numbers seem to fluctuate, and I need to get them back into a good place.
Pictures to follow…
Having the right tools is key to being a successful business person in a trucking environment.
The CB radio in my opinion is a key tool to have in your toolbox if you’re an over the road driver. CB radio is in valuable for local information local weather updates traffic report accident awareness and many other issues that we encounter over the road. Many people think that is just extra noise but once you get the hang of it the CB is really a valuable piece of equipment that we can use when we get into jams. Yes sometimes it can be noisy and sometimes can be distracting but the value if you’re in a snowstorm or if you’re looking for a location to deliver is in measurable…..
You don’t need a really expensive one ticket started but to at least just have one in your truck means that you can get all the information about that accident up ahead which lane to be in what dock to go to when delivering and much more information.
My CB has saved me many times from being in the wrong lane, or even being able to exit miles ahead of an accident and bypass all of the waiting for it to clear. I recommended Seabees to all of my students that I trained in the value that it brings to their profitability.
I’m in the back office today. I’m sitting at my shipper waiting for tomorrow’s appointment so that I can pick up my hazardous material load. I’m on the road 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year. The federal government mandates that if I work more than 70 hours in eight days I have to take 34 hours off. By working nine hours a day seven days a week I alleviate ever going over that 70 hour work week. That allows me to work less and earn more than a company driver. I became an owner operator because I knew that there was no way that I was going to retire in a position that I wanted to be in. Being an owner operator I get to choose my loads versus a company driver who is normally forced to take a load that he may or may not want. I choose the revenue that I want to bring to the truck and I choose the locations that I want to travel to and from. As an owner operator have the freedom to choose my revenue and my new running lane being an owner operator I get to choose my loads versus a company driver who is normally forced to take a load that he may or may not want. I choose the revenue that I want to bring to the truck and I choose the locations that I want to travel to and from. As an owner operator have the freedom to choose my revenue, and where I run.