Starting a yard goat company

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  1. LarryJbaca

    LarryJbaca Bobtail Member

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    I want to start a yard goat company but was curious what would be a good price to charge a wearhouse that was fair to see if starting this company would be profitable
    it sorry if this is the wrong thread
     
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  3. Lazer

    Lazer Road Train Member

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    What exactly is your business plan? Lease yard dogs only?
    Yard dog & Man?
     
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  4. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    You should figure out your business plan .

    do you know what the fixed costs of the truck lease or purchase ?

    insurance costs ?

    fuel costs ?

    Drivers salary?
    Benefits?
    Workers comp ?

    how many trucks do
    You need ?

    Do you need a spare truck so when one breaks down you can still move the trailers ?

    Extra drivers so when one gets sick or doesn’t show up , you can still get the trailers moved ?

    what do the other spotter companies charge ?
     
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  5. Mnmover99

    Mnmover99 Light Load Member

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    The spotter tractors are very expensive. Most companies have more than 1. They can use the employee to do other jobs when not needed for switching trailers. Nice idea, buy do not think it has traction to be successful.
     
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  6. Old_n_gray

    Old_n_gray Road Train Member

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  7. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

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    Since you’re here asking about the business, obviously, you don’t know the business. You’re already set up to fail, because of that. You need to get immersed in the business, in some manner. Learn the business, then, think about giving it a go, as an owner.
     
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  8. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If he doesn't have any experience he'll be learning on the job. As in backing 50 or 60 trailers a night in and out of tight spots.
    Not the kind of place I'd want to leave a trailer.
     
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I’m inclined to agree.

    I’m guessing the theory was probably based on the idea of the hired lumper, but at least he’s thinking.
     
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  10. jmz

    jmz Road Train Member

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    This is right up there with the posts that say "So I bought a box truck, but where do I get loads? And why is insurance so expensive?"
     
  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    That’s easy. Just go haul the stuff the LTLs don’t want to put on their own trucks.
     
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