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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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Rethink ‘say no to cheap freight,’ says owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford

Rates are determined almost exclusively by supply and demand, says Rutherford, not operators' willingness to turn down cheap loads. The remaining percentage is determined by truckers' ability to define their value and negotiate with brokers, he says.

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Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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‘Learning to truck’ with W. Joel Baker, and a verse salute from Kevin Barrett

Owner-operator W. Joel Baker, founder of the free TruckBytes accounting software for owner-ops, launches a new resource site for those getting into the business, LearnToTruck.com. And: Kevin Barrett's rhyming couplets salute the driver.

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Tax-time resources from ATBS

With the April 15 annual federal tax filing deadline just around the corner, the owner-operator tax specialists with ATBS have embarked on a new series as of the end of February, pledging to dig into a new tax-related topic every Tuesday until tax day.

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Amazon looking to recruit small carriers this week in Nashville

Amazon logistics representatives will be on site Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 22 and 23) at the Rush Truck Center outside Nashville, looking to recruit small regional Class 8 carriers interested in working with Amazon.

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2017: Regulations, the economy and your career path

Is your career path leading you to become a "critical-thinking, problem-solving" business owner?

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ATBS expands biz services offerings

The company’s new package, called RumbleStrip Essentials, offers tax consulting, state and federal tax returns, quarterly tax estimates, tax reconciliation, profit and loss statements, monthly bookkeeping and access to a secure online document portal.

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Deciphering Trump and the trade winds

Many U.S. truckers have feared the impending hordes of reckless Mexican drivers and the loss of U.S. driving jobs. So far, such concern appears overblown and misplaced. You could say the same for Trump’s rhetoric about isolating us from trading partners who have helped fuel America’s economic engines, including the trucking industry.

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