Owner-Operator Almanac 2010
What’s coming in 2010? In a down economy with hesitant forecasts of a very slow rebound, about all you can expect is the unexpected.
But when it comes to specifics, there’s plenty you can plan for. The Overdrive 2010 Owner-Operator Almanac offers maintenance tips and schedules, important dates and useful information to keep you ahead of the curve on what it takes to run a successful owner-operator business.
“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning,” said Thomas Alva Edison. May this help you organize your calendar and smooth the path for a profitable year.
1 REEFER ENFORCEMENT
California’s Air Resources Board will start checking that models 2002 and older meet emission standards. This includes owners of trailers based outside the state.
BUSINESS PLAN AND BUDGET
Use this last holiday weekend to write a projected annual budget of revenue and expenses. Include goals for the year. You’re more likely to follow things that are written down. Your accountant can help.
TO YOUR HEALTH!
Now that holiday feasting’s over, plan healthier habits. Do daily exercise, which can be as simple as briskly walking around a truck stop. At home, make and freeze your own meals for the road. If you smoke, enlist a nonsmoking friend to help you stop.
15 QUARTERLY ESTIMATED TAXES
This payment’s due today, but you can skip it if you file your 2009 tax return by Feb. 1. Self-employment taxes also are due.
5-6 MID-WEST TRUCK SHOW AND CONVENTION
Hosted by the Mid-West Truckers Association in Peoria, Ill. The convention is for members, while the show is open to the public. Call (217) 525-0342 or visit www.mid-westtruckers.com .
14 VALENTINE’S DAY
If you can’t spend time with your significant other, find another way to make the day special.
Run the system to ensure it works and to keep gaskets lubricated. If you need service, this is the perfect time to beat the rush and perhaps get a better price.