Business

2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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Research broker histories before taking load from new source

Using resources available on different load boards to research a broker's credit history, days to pay and more can help prevent a bad experience.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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Get owner-operator tips during Partners in Business seminars at GATS

Seminar attendance will also include a free PIB manual, a $20 value that includes a variety of practical financial tips, tax and equipment management strategies and more.

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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Partners in Business tip: Define your business

Before buying or leasing a truck, spend time researching what type of freight you want to haul.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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POLL: What’s your level of concern over hacking/security risks and ELDs?

This poll probes the extent of worry over the outside potential for a truck's computer-system infiltration through an ECM plug-in device, like an ELD. Reports and device makers suggest risk is minimal without physical infiltration, though malicious programmers abound ...

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