Authority will be active next week, What's next?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by allhwy2020, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. allhwy2020

    allhwy2020 Bobtail Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I own 3 26ft box trucks with drivers ready to head out. My MC authority will be active next week. Where do I go from here?

    I need access to load boards, dispatcher, ELD, GPS, etc..

    PS,
    I have no background in trucking at all.
     
  2. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Stand by . . .

    Several members are preparing flame throwers as I type . . .
     
  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    www.OOIDA.com is a business website for owner-operators and small fleet owners and has load board information.
    @Ridgeline posted a website in the past about expediters I think it was, that uses box trucks.
     
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  4. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

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    Did you stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night? :)
     
  5. 8thnote

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    Sign up for DAT loadboard and start calling brokers.

    Also there is a 3PL company called ProTrans that moves tons of freight on box trucks and sprinters. Look them up onlinevand call them to see about getting set up as a carrier. Based on the rates that I see posted for box trucks, its going to be tough. Youre looking at operating expenses that are roughly equivalent to a semi truck and the freight pays half as much (because you can only haul half as much). Good luck.
     
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  6. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

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    :eek:
     
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  7. Wombat63

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    Try and get some direct customers, put your Sunday bests on and start knocking on doors... You may have put the cart before the horse, but with perseverance, dedication to the process and being willing to take a thousand No's to every maybe, it could work out. I used to have a couple of straight vans that I ran local hauling air freight LA - San Diego, took me a while but ultimately I had 3 trucks/drivers that didn't need dispatching they just knew to load up at the customer and head to San Diego 5 days a week. Spot market may work for you for a while, but you'll always be at the mercy of brokers whims, go knock on those doors and good luck, it sounds like you will need a heavy reserve of it. Good onya for giving it a go.
     
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  8. Ridgeline

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    First question is why did you even bother to get into this if you have no background in trucking?

    This is more or less the absolute worst place to start in this industry, it is at the bottom of the rate list.

    Go to expeditersonline.com someone there may help you with this.
     
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  10. allhwy2020

    allhwy2020 Bobtail Member

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    Truckers inside joke?
    Thank you
    I need to find another income from my current 9-5 job that would net me $100K + a year.
     
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