niche hauls

Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Thursday round-up: HHG hauler Finn Murphy’s excellent memoir, ‘Bear in the air’ makes radio primetime

Hear Truckers News editor David Hollis' podcast talk with household goods hauling owner-operator Finn Murphy about his new memoir, and: Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got ourselves a radio spot!

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1977 KW’s first run in 29 years

Restoring a rig with some history -- Bryan DeKock and the 1977 Kenworth W9 that inspired the mural on the old Monteagle Truck Stop, debuting this week at the ATHS national convention in Des Moines.

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Dry bulk for the long haul: Reserves staff sergeant John Moore and his leased operation

Until the last year, John Moore had been leased to Landstar, and his decision to come back to Oakley Transportation to pull a hopper had as much to with where home was as profitability. In this case, the two went hand in hand,

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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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