Partners in Business

When to take a vacation and other insights from trucking data

Smart owner-operators know they “have to hit it hard” from March through November, said ATBS Vice President Richard DeForest at the Overdrive Partners in Business seminar.

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Kevin Rutherford reveals owner-operators’ most oft-overlooked and untapped resource

Audio of Rutherford's talk at the GATS Saturday: "There is nothing more powerful than education. ... If you are not listening to something and learning something actively every day, you are missing out on the biggest advantage you have."

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PIB tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider.

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Kevin Rutherford emphasizes clarity of mission, strategy at GATS Partners in Business

In this podcast audio from the GATS Partners in Business seminar, Rutherford explores the difference between detail-heavy business tactics and what many owner-operators clearly need: defined goals and mission that amount to clear strategy.

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10 things to see, do and know for the Great American Trucking Show

The Great American Trucking Show starts this week (Aug. 21) and has plenty for drivers and owner-operators. As a primer for the show, here are 10 things you can see or do or should know for the show.

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PIB tip: Save your log books

Your log books are your best record of your per diem (daily) expenses, primarily meals, so be sure to keep them in a safe place along with your receipts and tax returns. You may need your logs to prove your expenses, should you be audited.

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Credit, net income improving for owner-operators

A few sunny spots for owner-operators, and a few tips on increasing the profitability of your operation.

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On dying breeds — and free pickup bedliners!

When talking about past "outlaw" segments of trucking culture, owner-operators are hardly the primary participants. (Also: a contest from Plastikote to win a free pickup bedliner -- you're welcome.)

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Plan compliance duties before going independent

It’s easy to look at a load board and dream about getting those rates posted and not sharing them with your carrier. It’s another matter entirely to end up making less than you do now because of all of the additional costs.

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Check out these videos and more

Got a little extra time on your hands at the truck stop and looking for something to watch? Overdrive has a cache of free trucking-related videos covering a wide-range of interests. If you are interested in valuable business information to help you become a more successful owner-operator, consider the latest Partners in Business seminar. Maybe you are thinking about customizing your truck or just enjoy seeing what others have done. Check out: Perhaps you want a little entertainment. ...

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