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Aug. 27: Partners in Business

You won't find a better two-hour presentation about running an owner-operator business than the Partners in Business seminar by Overdrive and ATBS, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National.

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Randy Houser to headline at GATS

Bluegrass band The Grascals will open for Houser at the Great American Trucking Show.

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PIB TIP: AVOID FRIVOLOUS SPENDING. The average ATBS client nets only 32 cents for every dollar of gross revenue, hence, 68 cents per dollar earned goes toward vital business expenses. Heeding that ratio can help you resist a frivolous spending spree the next time you have a big settlement check. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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Aug. 19: Evaluating Prospective Carriers

As part of Truckers News’ How to Become an Owner-Operator series, we are offering a free webinar Thursday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. (CST) to help you evaluate your options. Our featured speaker is Richard DeForest, ATBS vice president of fleet sales.

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PIB TIP: FIXED AND VARIABLE COSTS. A fixed cost is determined and does not change from month to month. Any expense related to time, such as a tractor payment, insurance payment, permit and license fees, is a fixed cost. That cost will be the same every day whether your truck is driven one mile or 600 miles. A variable cost – such as fuel, tires and maintenance – is related to how much you drive. ...

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Randy Houser to perform at GATS

Great American Trucking Show in Dallas packed with seminars, exhibits, show trucks, live music and more.

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Would you like fries with that?

Driver demand is higher than it’s been in more than two years. For leased owner-operators, it could be a good time to get updated on compensation packages and other lease terms, especially if you’ve been with the same carrier for more than a few years.

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PIB TIP: COSTS VARY MONTHLY. If you drive 9,600 miles one month and 10,000 miles the next, you’ll have two sets of costs for each month. If your monthly tractor payment is $1,850 and you drive 9,600 miles in a month, the payment will cost 19.3 cents per mile. But, if you drive 10,000 miles, the payment will cost 18.5 cents per mile. Fixed costs do not go down over time, buy you can reduce ...

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Pulse

In the case of your career, the biggest cost could be opportunities you’ll never know you missed.

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PIB TIP: SATURDAY IS AN EXTRA DAY. The week is over and your work and planning should have resulted in a profitable operation. But like Sunday, Saturday is an extra day if you can pick up or deliver a load. Weekly plans don’t always work out, but over time they will help you succeed. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and ...

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