Talking with TruckBytes software creator W. Joel Baker

| October 28, 2009

a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SuiTYFD6qFI/AAAAAAAAAc8/5b0d0c3C_HE/s1600-h/DSC_0035.JPG”img style=”MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 320px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 214px; CURSOR: hand” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5397726195288287314″ border=”0″ alt=”" src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SuiTYFD6qFI/AAAAAAAAAc8/5b0d0c3C_HE/s320/DSC_0035.JPG” //aIn the run of reporting a feature about owner-operator IFTA accounting rules and procedures for a href=”http://overdrivedigital.com/”Overdrive’s November issue/a, I happened upon a wonderful example of all that’s good about the enterprising spirit of so many among the driver/owner-operator community. His name is W. Joel Baker (pictured), of Clarksville, Tenn., where his Baker amp; Sons Trucking business, a one-truck fleet — and yes, he’s its sole driver and owner — is based. Likewise goes for the TruckBytes software he began developing early this decade. As you’ll find in the video interview below, conducted at the facility of one of Baker’s shipper customers in Mt. Juliet, he started the process of creating said software for selfish reasons after spending thousands on existing programs he felt just didn’t work for him. Along the way, he began to offer the basic version of TruckBytes to fellow independent owner-operators free of charge.br /div/divbr /divThe software, geared toward owner-operators and, in some functions, company drivers as well, is simple but effective, he says, making customer invoicing, IFTA accounting (in a paid version) and more that simple for owner-operators, saving time and money. For more, see my a href=”http://digitalmagazinetechnology.com/a/?KEY=truckersnews-09-11november#page=93″”Exit Only” column/a about him in the November Truckers News or follow the links below to tutorial vids at the TruckBytes site.br /br /object width=”425″ height=”344″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vFOnrOBr5k0amp;rel=0amp;color1=0xb1b1b1amp;color2=0xcfcfcfamp;feature=player_profilepageamp;fs=1″param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always”br /embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/vFOnrOBr5k0rel=0color1=0xb1b1b1color2=0xcfcfcffeature=player_profilepagefs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”425″ height=”344″/embed/objectbr /br /LINKS TO TRUCKBYTES INSTRUCTIONAL VIDS: /divdivUsing TruckBytes free software: a dir=”ltr” title=”http://truckbytes.com/Using_TruckBytes.avi” href=”http://truckbytes.com/Using_TruckBytes.avi” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”http://truckbytes.com/Using_TruckBytes.avi/a/divdivUsing TruckBytes paid IFTA accounting feature: a href=”http://www.truckbytes.com/IFTA.avi”http://www.truckbytes.com/IFTA.avi/a/divdivRegistration: a dir=”ltr” title=”http://truckbytes.com/Register.avi” href=”http://truckbytes.com/Register.avi” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”http://truckbytes.com/Register.avi/a/divbr /div/divdivemshare:/em/divdiva onclick=”window.open(‘http://digg.com/submit?phase=2amp;url=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’amp;title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title), ‘digg’); return false;” href=”http://digg.com/submit”Digg/a/divdiva onclick=”window.open(‘http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’amp;title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title),’facebook’); return false;” href=”http://www.facebook.com/share.php”facebook/a /divdiv class=”blogger-post-footer”Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author./div

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