niche hauls

Honing your edge as an independent trucker

To rise above the crowd as an independent requires finding your niche and properly quoting rates, said Kenny Long, who runs the Patriot Star small fleet.

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Owner-operator niche: Household goods hauling offers big bucks for big work

Household goods moving is done almost exclusively by owner-operators. Those who master the skill set can make good money while also gaining valuable management experience, among other perks.

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Owner-operator niche: Auto hauling — hard to get established, but lucrative if you can

Auto hauling is one of the more difficult trucking segments to enter and master, but it also can be one of the most financially rewarding, with many auto haulers bringing home net pay of six figures. Here's what it takes and how owner-operators can get into it.

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Building the shipper customer base for freight

With expected long-term demand for capacity, it’s a good time for independents and small fleets to work toward securing contract freight direct with shippers.

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Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

Hotshot hauling offers lower start-up costs and other advantages over running Class 8 over-the-road, but other trade-offs make it challenging in its own right.

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Losing ground: The military hauling niche

Owner-operators continue to fight for access to military freight, though federal cost-cutting initiatives have reduced rates.

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Short and sweet: Pros, cons of length-of-haul trends

Part 1 in a two-part length-of-haul analysis presents owner-operator advantages/disadvantages of the trucking trend to shorter haul length in reefer and dry van segment.

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Expedited advantage, part 1: Equipment, carriers

The time-sensitive freight niche could be one of the last profitable bastions of irregular route long-haul, offering fuel mileage and other reduced costs, more income on fewer miles and load and lane novelty.

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Fuel’s Gold

Owner-operators find big money and good schedules working the oil and gas services boom.

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Chasing the Green

Certain niches offer big income potential for those willing to specialize.

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