partners in business

PIB tip: Prepare for loans

When you apply for a loan, you should come armed with certain information. Here's what you need.

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PIB tip: Get full disclosure in finance contracts

Get full disclosure before you sign a finance contract. Here's why.

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PIB tip: Factors that influence interest rates

Want to know what factors most influence your credit rating and, thus, your interest rates for truck loans? Here's what you need to know.

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PIB tip: Carry a notebook with your receipt envelope

This notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you cannot obtain a receipt, such as when you wash your truck at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto, so you can deduct the expenses at tax time.

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PIB tip: Develop a business plan

A business plan outlines the details of your operation, including the types of freight you’ll haul, the traffic lanes you’ll run and the rate you’ll be paid. Here's why you need one.

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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, who can then provide you with a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates.

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PIB tip: Shop for insurance

Don’t automatically include insurance in the final contract of a truck loan. Shop around beforehand, and you may opt to buy it elsewhere.

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PIB tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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PIB tip: Obtain a monthly earnings statement

All of your records should be converted into a profit and loss statement at the end of every month to show miles, revenue, costs and how much money you made or lost.

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PIB tip: Open a separate checking account for your business

If you are the sole owner of the business, open an additional personal account and save yourself the extra fees associated with business accounts. Deposit your settlement checks in this account and pay yourself for driving from these funds. A separate account will also give you easy access to all of the information needed in case you are ever audited. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services ...

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