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Owner-op Dean Carnahan: Poor health is often a ‘preventable accident’

Owner-op Dean Carnahan: Poor health is often a 'preventable accident'

Carnahan urges drivers to take control of diet and health generally in hopes more attention to it might spur a movement against the growing "quick food, get-in-get-out-type attitude" of so many truck stops when it comes to diet options.

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POLL: What’s your bigger business priority, profit growth or income stability?

Climing the ladder v. holding down a gig, greater risk is greater reward v. sticking with what's dependable, economic growth v. stability -- the prioritization choice is cast in a lot of different ways. Which side, if any, do you fall on when thinking about your business' future?

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Partners in Business podcast: Getting started as an owner-operator

Partners in Business podcast: Getting started as an owner-operator

This Overdrive Radio podcast covers the first four chapters from the 2017 Partners in Business manual -- from making the transition to self-employment, choosing a financial services partner, creating a strong business plan and establishing your bookkeeping.

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Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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Here’s a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

Here's a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

As in nails, as in trucking: "Don't cave. Don't cave on the prices, or the quality of service, because doing so only cuts your own throat in the end."

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week’s spot market update

Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week's spot market update

Perhaps the biggest evidence comes in the national picture for flatbed freight, which continues to show very high load-to-truck ratios in most states after another strong month in March.

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Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

In this week's spot market update, owner-operator James Woods urges more owner-operators to use tactical patience/time to their negotiating advantage -- and demand maps, more for dry van, reefer loads in the last week.

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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