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How to boost your income, and 6 other tips from a true pro

How to boost your income, and 6 other tips from a true pro

Landstar System’s Gary Buchs isn’t just an owner-operator, he’s one of the best. Among a variety of aspects of his business plan, he’s worked out a meticulous system that dictates which loads he chooses, based on his annual and less-frequent goals for earnings and downtime.

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Here’s a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

Here's a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

As in nails, as in trucking: "Don't cave. Don't cave on the prices, or the quality of service, because doing so only cuts your own throat in the end."

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Partners in Business tip: The benefits of trailer ownership

While leased operators don’t have the pressing need to provide a trailer that most independents do, they often find trailer ownership has significant earning potential.

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Modern ELDs do more than track hours of service

From built-in dashcams to scanners and transportation management software (TMS) system integration capabilities, electronic logging devices do more, often a lot more, than merely provide hours of service functionality.

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ELDs: How devices and drivers track duty status changes

As with paper logs, drivers using electronic logs are in control of all duty status inputs. The exception is the drive line, which functions automatically as specified by the FMCSA rule. More from Overdrive's ELD guide for owner-operators...

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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Used truck prices tumbled in 2016

Used truck prices tumbled in 2016

Used truck prices were down in 2016 with 3- t0 5-year-old tractors selling for $8,803 less (12.5 percent) on average than in 2015, according to a new report.

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ELD guide: How the two basic types of logging devices work

BYOD (“bring your own device”) systems allow buyers to purchase their own hardware for the driver interface, such as an owner-operator using an app on a personal Android- or iOS-powered smartphone. The other prominent type is a dedicated ELD unit, which has been around in various forms for some years.

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Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week’s spot market update

Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week's spot market update

Perhaps the biggest evidence comes in the national picture for flatbed freight, which continues to show very high load-to-truck ratios in most states after another strong month in March.

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Inside the black box: A guide to ELDs

FMCSA expects to begin enforcement of its ELD mandate Dec. 18, the scheduled date by which owner-operators must be using electronic logs. There are dozens of compliance options for truckers. This comprehensive look spells out those options -- and their pros and cons.

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