Smart owner-operators make every single week as profitable as possible. One trip is not enough time to be considered profitable or unprofitable, and an entire month may be too much time to manage. One week is the right amount of time to deal with efficiently. To do so, look at the advantages and disadvantages of every day of the week.
- Match trip length to the optimum day of the week.
- Plan to deliver on the day you have the best opportunity of getting a load at the rate you want (Fridays, for example, when negotiating leverage is generally considered highest for spot-market freight).
- Plan to drive under a load on days when that's more difficult to achieve.
Your personal weekly plan will vary depending on the weekly delivery/flow cycle of your region, typical length of haul, personal requirements and other factors.
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