Partners in Business

Partners in Business tip: Buy oil in bulk

The do-it-yourself oil change is a standard for many owner-operators, especially those with their own authority. A one-truck operator can save almost $200 a year by moving from gallon jugs to 55-gallon drums for oil purchases, assuming 125,000 miles per year with an oil change every 25,000 miles.

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Owner-operators’ decade of ‘working less and making more’

Looking at miles, revenue, income, maintenance costs and more, owner-operators worked longer but made less in recent years.

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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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