Partners in Business

PIB TIP:  TRY TO DEPART EARLY. Especially when bad weather poses potential delays, try to depart early. Leaving late gives you no time to recover from an unexpected storm and is the major reason for service failures – such as running out of hours on the morning of a delivery. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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PIB TIP:  PLAN YOUR TRIP IN ADVANCE. Plan your trip and work out the timing in advance to get the most from your time. Ask for directions to every stop, or use mapping software such as Rand McNally’s Route Tools, ProMiles software or the website www.truckpilot.com. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by the load-matching service TruckersEdge, ...

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PIB TIP:  GET THE MOST POSSIBLE MILES. Over a weekend, try to make the most of your time. Match your miles with the time you have available to drive. Plan out Friday morning what you will do for the next three days. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by the load-matching service TruckersEdge, powered by TransCore DAT, ...

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PIB TIP: PLAN TRIPS EFFICIENTLY. Deliver as early in the day as possible. On appointment loads, deliver 30 minutes early. An empty trailer gives you more options than a load sitting on your trailer waiting to be delivered. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by the load-matching service TruckersEdge, powered by TransCore DAT, Schneider National Inc. and ...

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PIB TIP: PLAN AHEAD IN YOUR DOWNTIME: While you have to wait, plan ahead by wiping off reflective tape or by updating your log book, especially the recap, which if maintained can keep you abreast of your hours of service. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by the load-matching service TruckersEdge, powered by TransCore DAT, Schneider National ...

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PIB TIP: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DOWNTIME: Make the most of your waiting time, such as while loading or unloading or getting truck washes. A few ways to use the time well include taking a walk, organizing clutter in your cab or checking your tires, lights and maintenance records. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by ...

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PIB TIP: UNDERSTAND YOUR EARNINGS:  Determine a reasonable amount of miles you expect to run. Consider your age, experience, motivation, financial goals, health, personal and family needs, and your tractor’s condition to make that determination. Establish miles to run each week, month and year, and you have goals to work toward. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored ...

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PIB TIP: KEEP UP WITH A CHANGING MARKET. Use your personal profit and loss statement to compare your performance with your business plan and budget. Your profit and loss statement should show weekly, monthly and annual costs and revenue, as well as miles driven and cost per mile. Compare your profit and loss report with your budget and figure out what changes you need to make to be profitable. The Partners in Business program is ...

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PIB TIP: PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT. Your settlement statements and receipts should be sorted into like categories to add up for a total at month’s end. Then your operating information should be incorporated into a consistent format called a profit and loss statement, which should include how many miles you drove, your revenue, your costs and how much money you made during the month. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the ...

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