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POLL: How does your 2015 business income compare to prior years?

Owner-operators, if you've put your business numbers together for 2015 as yet, how'd it turn out relative to 2014?

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POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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Van, reefer, flatbed rates dove again in November (charts)

This is the fourth straight month that rates dipped in all three segments, continuing a now year-long downward trend spurred by both a major drop in diesel prices and market conditions.

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What sets your business apart?

In any bid to build long-term relationships with (and secure direct freight from) shippers, it's a question "you have to be able to answer before" you embark, says Henry Albert: "Why you?"

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POLL: Do you aspire to contract for freight direct with shippers?

Independents with authority, in a perfect world, would you do most of your freight business direct with shippers? Are you already there? Or: do you most appreciate current relationships with your broker(s)?

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Too many cats, not enough walls

"Truckers are dirty" -- the erroneous contention state and local governments trot out to "restrict parking for all truckers. It's like saying all cats pee on walls, so we can't build any more walls."

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Building the customer base: Introducing Utah-based Brandt King of King Farms Trucking

King grew from a one-truck Utah-based operation to 34 trucks by building lanes loaded both ways with shipper-direct reefer freight.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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Probability of recession in 2016 small, say analysts

At once, some put the probability of a true recession by 2018 around 80 percent. "Go long with your shippers" to solidify relationships, panelists at Truckstop.com's user conference urge.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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