Any pointers some old timers in the business can give me for starting up my own hotshot business? Why to expect costs? Obtaining solid customer base? Expenses to start? Best way to get loads?
New to the hot shot business
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Start reading the hotshot section. Read the broker section. Some guys in the hotshot section will have some incorrect views they will not last a couple of years, so start reading from the beginning of the forums. A few guys have YouTube channels you can get ideas, what works for some don’t work for others. IMO finding a niche or specialty market to separate yourself from the herd. Starting out find a Dispatch Service who has established customer base, this company will have been in business for a number of years. By using a service like this will gain time and experience while taking advantage of higher dollar per mile average. You might find a trucking company who also has broker authority that will lease owner operators. Try to stay away from companies who will lease owners on without having their own freight or broker authority. My last two statements may seem confusing to a new person looking into this business. Depending on your location ( consumer or manufacture ) direct contact is one of the oldest most reliable method. Hope this give you some ideas.