Trucking Companies are the essential bridge between numerous processes in the U.S, with over 70% of goods transported via trucks. They transport goods, supplies and equipment, materials and finished products- from suppliers to manufacturers and manufacturers to consumers. The markets would essentially come to a standstill without the trucking business.
If you are thinking of tapping into this genre, it is full of potential- however, there are several things you need to know in order to make it a success.
Consulting the experts, we have put together their best tips and advice on how to ensure your trucking company flourishes this year;
“One important thing that all trucking companies should do is determine their niche and tailor their marketing and advertising to that niche. With so many long-established competitors, you need a way to stand out from the crowd. The newer or smaller your niche is, the less competition you'll have. Another piece of advice: before you launch your trucking business, establish the tools you'll use for organization and everyday task management. This may include applications for bookkeeping, scheduling, sales, driver and office communication, project tracking, and fleet management. In today's world, having your technology figured out in advance is essential to be competitive within the industry.”
Daivat Dholakia, Director of Operations, Force by Mojio
“The business plan will shape the path of your trucking company business. Without a good foundation, the trucking business can't be successful in the long run. These are the things that you must define before move on from the rough draft stage and start to set things in stone;
“There is obviously more to it than that, but these are the major factors in shaping the rest of the picture.”
Johnny Hartin, Writer and Editor; EffectsBusiness.com
“First off, I would like to note that not all factoring companies are created equal. The best relationship for you to establish is with a factoring company that does not cost you anything if you are not using their services and lets you choose who and when to factor. So plain and simple, if they charge you application fees, per invoice fees, termination fees, credit checking fees, or require you to factor a certain amount each month, walk away. Your business will benefit most from you being in control.
“Working with a factor allows you to take the loads that are best and get paid quickly, not just the ones a few brokers have available, like some quick pay options. A good factoring company will have over 1,000 brokers in their system that they have worked with. One of the most important benefits of working with a factoring company is its ability to help manage your risk. They do this through experience and having credit checking websites readily available. They can also vet each broker against history and other similar brokers.
“Factoring companies also offer back-office support and help. Plus, they provide you with one place to send everything, check invoices, and call to talk to someone who IS ACTUALLY TRYING to get you funded. That way, you can focus on what you do best - driving, being safe, and providing good service - and they can take the headache away from all the back-office chores. Not to mention that many factoring companies will also offer other benefits like a fuel card and trucker discounts.”
Arthur Williamson graduated with a degree in Business and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He is knowledgeable about what small and big businesses require to keep operations moving.