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PIB TIP: AIM FOR THE MIDDLE ON WEDNESDAYS. By midweek, about half of your gross revenue for the week already should be in hand. The other half of your gross revenue should be generated by Saturday to be profitable for the week. 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 Schneider National Inc. and Freightliner Trucks.

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PIB TIP: TAKE STOCK ON TUESDAYS. If it’s a 2,000-mile trip, delivering the week’s first load on Tuesday may yield profit. Otherwise, Tuesday is the day to take a hard look at how many miles you have and how many more you need for a profitable week. 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 the load-matching service ...

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June 18: Partners in Business

It's tough to run a successful owner-operator business. Overdrive's Partners in Business seminar at the Great West Truck Show, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and Schneider National, provides training to make it work.

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June 3 PIB TIP:  MAKE WEEKLY PLANS. One week is the right amount of time to deal with efficiently. To do so, look at the advantages and disadvantages of every day of the week. Match trip length to the optimum day in the week. Plan to deliver on the day you have the best opportunity of getting a load. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s ...

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PIB TIP: TRY TO DEPART EARLY. Especially when bad weather poses potential delays, try to depart early. Leaving late gives you no time to recover from an unexpected storm and is the major reason for service failures – such as running out of hours on the morning of a delivery. 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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PIB TIP:  TRY TO DEPART EARLY. Especially when bad weather poses potential delays, try to depart early. Leaving late gives you no time to recover from an unexpected storm and is the major reason for service failures – such as running out of hours on the morning of a delivery. 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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A shortage of drivers — and quality

I've been hearing since at least March that many carriers are once again scrounging for drivers. This means a return to business as usual in terms of a driver shortage, only this time it could more severe than normal. The reasons by now are well-known. The economy has been bouncing back. Imminent safety-related regulations -- notably Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 -- are expected to push a significant number of drivers out of the cab. Our friends at the ...

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PIB TIP:  PLAN YOUR TRIP IN ADVANCE. Plan your trip and work out the timing in advance to get the most from your time. Ask for directions to every stop, or use mapping software such as Rand McNally’s Route Tools, ProMiles software or the website www.truckpilot.com. 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 the load-matching service TruckersEdge, ...

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PIB TIP:  MANAGE COST OF TIME TO FUEL. The typical owner-operator carries 200 gallons of fuel or more, but buys only 100 gallons at a time and takes about 45 minutes per stop to fuel. Often it saves time to put 175 gallons in the tanks instead of continually topping off with 100 gallons or less. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business ...

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Back on the Road winner get a Volvo, a Highway hero is named, the FMCSA proposes texting ban, the FMCSA posts carrier safety data and more current issues are featured.

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