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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

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

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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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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