This is part one of a series i will be posting about how to make a great living by hauling hot shot freight.
Less than truckload trucking or hotshot trucking as it is more commonly called is a method of hauling in any type of truck, van, semi-truck , enclosed, flatbed, all types sizes and styles. It is actually an incredibly viable business that can reap huge financial rewards but only if properly managed and well planned.
In the example I am using for purposes of this article, I am assuming you have a one ton diesel dually pickup truck pulling a 36 foot dove tailed gooseneck trailer with twin or triple axles with trailer brakes, at least 36,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, that will leave you able to haul 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of material on your truck and trailer fully loaded. There will be very few times that you will transport this much weight but better to have the ability to do so just in case.
You will also need to be equipped with a toolbox in which to keep all of the tools of the trade and you will need all of these tools to do this job right as your worst day will start when you realize you cannot properly secure any or all items on your trailer, and it may cost you a load.
The following is a list of steps to begin the process of doing this correctly.
1. If you do not already have your own equipment before going and buying equipment you will need to decide what you want to haul and if you want to lease onto a company or if you want to book your own loads. I personally recommend booking your own loads and keeping track of them 100% yourself as it is more money in your pocket although it is more stressful.
If leasing to a company there will very likely be specifications that they require so do your research.
Assuming you have truck and trailer already you will need a basic set of sockets and wrenches, a very good hydraulic jack with a 2 to 5 ton capacity, you will need two 20 foot tow chains and four boomers, and one dozen each of light and heavy straps you will also need 50 feet each of cord and light rope and 3 to 4 good tarps to cover any items to be protected from the elements.
Look at flea markets and garage sales and it is amazing how many of these accessories can be picked up very inexpensively.
Now onto the part about making money with all of this equipment!!!
There are a very large number of load boards on the Internet that you can join for a small monthly fee and keep items on your trailer most all of the time with the broker taking a large portion of your money. The problem with these types of loads is that they often get confusing, disorganized, and often end up costing you time and money.
By using a service like ShipRightNow.com you look at loads along the line you are running and you bid on loads along that line so you do not have to go out of your way to pick up filler items for a complete load. The greatest part is that as you off load one item, you pick up another item a very short distance away. This keeps you from losing time, fuel, and better yet, keeps your truck loaded which is what we want to do.
ShipRightNow.com allows people to list items for hot shot transport at no charge for the listing. Hot shot transporters can then come in and bid to transport those items in a reverse auction format, at no cost to bid. If the shipper and transporter agree on a price, ShipRightNow.com takes a very small percentage of the bid price on the load from the transporter. There are no other fees for the ShipRightNow service.
Please create a free account and start filling those trucks today. Please look for part two on 2-27-13