Computing the owner-operator business — Part 1

| September 19, 2012

The Rig Expense Tracker software, also a standalone program, offers backup capability on the company’s servers and comes with a 30 percent discount for members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Data in Rig Expense Tracker likewise stays on the user’s computer, says developer Rick Stephens. “I have a big problem with the cloud,” he says, referring to the term for data-housing on multiple Internet-connected servers. “If the cloud goes away, so does their data. I allow the data to upload a backup for disaster-recovery procedures.”

Truckers Helper, also offered with an OOIDA discount, continues to be available in standalone version, says founder and longtime truck operator John Ewing, though its owner-operator ($9.95 monthly) and fleet versions are also available in Web-based versions. “You have to stay on top of things,” Ewing says. “You have to know what you’re making and what your bottom line is.”

Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series for small fleet/independent owner-operator-appropriate programs.