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Shipper to owner-operators: Come on down!

Some shippers' common bond with owner-operators -- when it comes to procuring transportation, they'd rather not deal with brokers or large asset-based carriers, either.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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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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