the ABCs of Trucking:
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the ABCs of Trucking:

Is Trucking Worth it Anymore?

by Shaggy on 06/09/16

 

  • Would you accept a career with no opportunity for advancement if it meant living a lifestyle you would rarely find anywhere else?
  • Would it be worth risking your life every day for the satisfaction of knowing you're moving our economy forward and making people's lives easier?
  • Would you give up your personal privacy and leave your home for weeks at a time to put food on the table and a roof over your family's head?

 

These are just a few of the tough questions you may be asking yourself right now. Wages in trucking have stagnated over the years while the scrutiny you endure, the risks you take, and the challenges you face only grow with time. Traffic gets tougher by the day. The weather can sweep in and wipe you out in an instant and there's always another warm body ready for the opportunity to take your place.

Whether or not you decide to take a shot at life in the trucking industry is a complex and difficult decision for most. I'll tell you what trucking is to me and maybe that will help you decide if it would be right for you.

What I Dislike About Today's Trucking Industry

There's a lot to dislike about trucking today.

The scrutiny is brutal. Getting started in trucking means background checks, drug tests, physicals, credit checks, fingerprinting (Hazmat endorsement), employment verification, and endless piles of rules and regulations. Babysitting the President's kids would probably mean jumping through fewer hoops than becoming a truck driver.

The enforcement is very strict. You will have cameras on you most of the time, and sometimes even in the cab. Your engine will report your driving and idling habits to your company. The scale houses will scan you and track your truck's every movement. You can be pulled over anytime and searched inside and out, including the cab, without provocation. And every inspection, ticket, and accident will be tracked, scored, and reported to more entities than you would ever imagine. Everyone knows pretty much everything you're doing all the time, therefore it is far easier to lose your job today than ever before.

The traffic is unbearable. For decades now the growth in the amount of traffic on the roads has far outpaced the rate of expansion. Traffic gets worse by the day and people drive crazier than ever, partly because they have more devices to distract them than ever before.

The pay has stagnated. Although it is still a solid paying blue collar job, the pay is the same now as it was in '93. Adjusted for inflation you would need to make $64,000 today to have the same spending power as $40,000 had in '93. Unfortunately today's rookie drivers will be lucky to make $40,000 their first year, meaning they'll have about half the spending power a rookie had back in the 1993.

What I Like About Today's Trucking Industry

There's a lot to love about trucking today:

The equipment is beautiful. There is more technology and comfort in today's trucks than ever before. The visibility is great, the safety features continue to evolve, the communication and navigation technologies have never been better, and the paint is oh-so-shiny.

The pay is solid. Even though wages have remained about the same over the past 25 years, it's still a solid paying blue collar job. There aren't too many opportunities to make $40,000-$50,000 a year in today's blue collar market.

Demand is high. If you get a little OTR experience and you can keep your license, your safety record, and your service record in solid standing you could make 10 phone calls and have 10 job offers before lunchtime on any given day. You'll never have to worry about having a job.

More home time opportunities. Freight is far more regionalized today than it was in years past which has given trucking companies the opportunity to get people home more often.


So would you do it? If your answer is YES - let me help you succeed in this new adventure!

Dispatching Co:

by Shaggy on 10/15/14

If you're still debating about whether to use a truck dispatcher for your trucking company, or whether to use this one or that one...  keep in mind a few things about us:


-we own a successful trucking company.
-we want you to become a successful trucking company.

it's hard to distinguish between a lot of dispatch companies out there. a good handful of those dispatching trucks are brokers and there's one huge point to make about them -- they may have the ability to keep you moving, but they will take more than just their dispatching fee if you haul their loads: they're already getting a cut as a broker.

that's money that could be in your pocket.

whether you use us or not, give us a call and see what else we have to make you successful in your new career!

DQF's.

by Shaggy on 10/07/14

Did you know that even tho you have your own authority and you're only a one truck operation that you still need to keep a Driver Qualification File on yourself? 


Do you have a lease agreement?

Don't fret over that first DOT audit and pass with flying colors -- we can help!

on your way.

by Shaggy on 10/06/14

so you're on your way -- you've gotten all your ducks in a row and now you're on the road, making money. you're able to maintain your truck & trailer, you're factoring your loads, you're negotiating great rates from brokers...  but now you want to add some trucks so you can increase your revenue.


well. it can't be that hard to do! ....can it?

if you're looking for some great o/o's to add onto your company, o/o's that have the same mind set as you, where do you go look for them?

if you're wondering who, what, where, and how to hire an elite fleet for your company, don't make the same mistakes that we did -- give us a call and we'll help you expand that company based on what works!

(812) 870-2039

accessorial charges:

by Shaggy on 10/03/14

have you been sitting at a shipper or receiver and it's been 2+ hours since you checked in? were you on time? did it just make you want to pull out your hair?


with shaggy's dispatch services, we (professionally) attack those brokers for tons of accessorial charges that you may have never heard of. 

Time is money. 

don't make the mistake of getting pushed around. 

where is America's most dangerous intersections?

by Shaggy on 10/01/14

Time Magazine wrote an article and the most dangerous intersection is in PA.


Want to know the runners up? there's 11 runner-ups listed.

Check them out - are they near you?


Tips to avoid read-end crashes:

by Shaggy on 09/30/14

-maintain at least a 6-second following distance.

-be prepared at all times.
-increase following distance in adverse conditions.
-avoid tailgating.
-scan the road ahead for upcoming hazards.
-slow down in construction zones.
-avoid distractions inside the cab.
-stay focused and attentive at all times.


Services:

by Shaggy on 09/29/14

so you enjoy driving.


you really enjoy looking and booking your own loads.

you don't mind talking to brokers and negotiating the best rate.

but you're on the road. and your truck is super small. and you just haven't been able to get your mobile office going.. and those truck stops charge $2+/page for incoming and outgoing faxes. (incoming? i don't get it -- they don't pay for incoming!?)

have you just needed someone to fill out your carrier packets and email you rate cons?

we do that.

call us up to sign up so you can be super efficient while you're on the road!

all mighty dollar.

by Shaggy on 09/25/14

Since you've stepped out on your own, are you chasing down brokers to get paid? 


Who has time for that?

Time is money, my friend, and if you're busy typing up invoices and waiting 30-45-60 days to get paid, you just might not make it out on the big road.

Shaggy has a great plan that can keep you rolling, hassle-free. If you're interested in keeping your money in your pocket and not in your mailbox, dial 812-870-2039.

 

negative dispatchers:

by Shaggy on 09/24/14

If you've been in a truck, you more than likely started at a company. They had their own rules. Their own regulations. Their own ways for pay, hometime, and discipline. Even if you owned your own truck.


You may have even went thru a few companies. All of those companies have one thing in common -- they all have dispatchers.

More often than not, those dispatchers have never set foot into a truck. They just have no idea what it takes to be a trucker. Especially in today's rough regulated world.

Perhaps now that you've managed to lasso that authority and all your paperwork and you're all set to be completely i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t.... the last thing you want is to hire someone so that they can tell you what to do.

Here's what sets Shaggy apart from all those other places. Shaggy's been in your shoes. He understands what you're going thru, what you want, when you want it, no matter how large or small.  He's been on the road away from his family. He's experienced first and second-hand all the frustrations with "hurry up and wait". He's been on the phone with over 1000 brokers and has figured out which ones pay and which ones ....don't.

We realize it's the last thing you want to do but if you were to just give Shaggy a call, you'll realize within 10mins what kind of passion that he has to help you succeed.

He can set you up for a huge W in this extremely large field of "what-am-i-doing"s? And he has trained his agents to feel the same way.

You've really got nothing to lose but a few minutes of chit-chatting.. so what're you waiting for?

Logs.

by Shaggy on 09/23/14

Do you run logs electronically via software you downloaded from a website or do you run paper logs?


Do you have your logs checked by anyone or a log book program showing DOT that you maintain your folders?

We all know that DOT likes companies that're organized, especially if you've ever been in a chicken coop - having your paperwork nice and neat beats out the guy that has last week's bbq wings stained on their proof of cargo.

If you need some help getting ahead of the other guy, give us a holler.

Virtual Office:

by Shaggy on 09/22/14

Do you know what it takes to book a load with a broker?


There's quite a few steps to take in order for things to flow efficiently.. and if there's a snag, someone else may grab that load.

If you just drove 3 hours, delivered, drove a lil deadhead, picked up, had some lunch, fueled, and finished out your 11 -- are you really in the mood to book your next load before you deliver?

How many times can you say you've been preplanned?

Shaggy's agents can keep you rolling. No need to buy paper, ink, or make 10-40 phone calls in search.. Just make one call -- 812-870-2039.

PSP.

by Shaggy on 09/19/14

Did you know that FMCSA has a website designed to help out a trucking company pick highly qualified drivers?


Shaggy did.

Give a call and we can definitely help you with finding awesome drivers to work for you so everyone is making awesome money.

What's First?

by Shaggy on 09/16/14

Do you know the first few steps in getting your authority? 


Insurance, plates, permits, oh my!

It's not as difficult as it may seem. And Shaggy has the ability to make it an exciting new chapter in your book of life. He has trained dispatchers, tons of printed materials, and the fast track to success.

If you have any questions, don't fight the system, give Shaggy a call.. talk to a guy that's done it all before and definitely won't sugar coat it.

​Consulting

Taken from Wikipedia:
A consultant (from Latin: consultare "to deliberate") is a professional who provides expert advice[1] in a particular area such as security (electronic or physical), management, education, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing (and public relations), finance, engineering, science or any of many other specialized fields.


“I bring value to clients through an objective and trust based partnership. Having been an owner, I have faced and understand their challenges. I utilize my
industry expertise to customize solutions, business strategies, policies and processes that meet their business goals. Ones that enable them to leverage
their investment, increase their competitive advantage and their credibility. My driving goal is to provoke enthusiasm and action.”

With the benefit of over 11 years of "in the trenches" experience, Shaggy has established a comprehensive list of best practices that will provide clients with the competitive edge they need to navigate their business and be successful.  There's an old saying, usually attributed to Confucius, that goes "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime." There's an important life lesson in that simple statement.

 Some people translate it conceptually into something like "Education is the most important thing you 
can give someone to better his circumstances." Shaggy is not sure that's really getting to the heart 
of the matter, or always accurate for that matter — though it's probably close enough.


A translation, Shaggy likes a little more: Give a man the answer, and he'll only have a temporary 
solution. Teach him the principles that led you to that answer, and he will be able to create his own 
solutions in the future. ​If you refer to the difference between temporary solutions and 
principles for solving problems, you may very well not only improve someone's standard of living, 
but give that person the tools to improve himself (or herself, naturally).