ShipRightNow.com To Offer Service Free

In an effort to promote our service to customers across North America, ShipRightNow, the premiere internet shipping service, will be charging no fees through the period from August 15, 2013 until November 15, 2013.

We have been growing rapidly and wish to get as many loads as possible booked for our customers without a booking fee as a way to introduce our service and to help our customers save money.
With ShipRightNow, listing is always free, fast and easy, without any kind of hidden fees like our competitors.

ShipRightNow is the premiere online shipping marketplace designed for Transporters to be able to fill empty space on already existing loads with items needing to be transported along that route for online auction buyers, sellers, and businesses. This allows for the shipper to get a lower shipping cost and the transportation service provider to maximize profits by filling space that would otherwise be empty.

ShipRightNow is a WIN for both parties.

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FMCSA New Hours Of Service Rules And The Effects On The Trucking Industry

Well Drivers, The July 01, 2013 implementation date of the new DOT / FMCSA hours of service rules has taken effect and been in place for one full week as of the writing of this blog post.

I wish I were able to report that this has some benefit to drivers or to the public but sadly, in calculating the numbers, it will cost the trucking industry as a whole billions of dollars. Of course, FMCSA will have their lobbyist cronies show that this has made the industry more money, made drivers safer, thus giving them the ability to get a much larger budget windfall for keeping the roads safe. ABSOLUTELY FALSE with no data to back it up.

The new regulations state that any driver must take a 30 minute break logged off duty, either at or prior to the completion of 8 hours on duty. This sounds good on its face, however, it has taken another half hour away from the 14 hour clock that starts and cannot be stopped from the time that you go on duty until you log off duty or in the sleeper.

But wait, lets go on into this prior to crunching the numbers so everyone sees the real cost in both dollars and safety.

The FMCSA also changed the sleeper birth provision from 34 consecutive hours off resetting the 70 hours per week you are allowed to work to 34 hours off only once in 7 calendar days but requiring it to contain at least two sleep periods from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. which means that, depending on what time your end of duty starts, it can take as long as 48 hours now to get your 34 hour restart.

This means MILLIONS of wasted hours away from home per year that we as drivers will have to suck up the loss on.

As of today, according to FMCSA, there are 3.5 million regulation truck drivers in the continental United States, meaning that the 30 minute mandated break alone will cost 1.75 million hours for every 8 hours worked by Americas Drivers.

Now, the 34 hour restart provision will cost drivers at least 12 hours out of a 7 day period for over the road drivers. So think about this, 12 hours per week X 3.5 million Drivers = 42,000,000 (yes forty two million) lost work hours per 7 days.

So, the 30 minute break provision will cost each individual driver 182 work hours per year and the 34 hour restart provision will cost each driver a minimum of 12 hours per week for a total of 624 hours per driver we will lose per year per driver.

This translates to a potential loss PER DRIVER of 806 hours per year.

If this doesn’t anger all of us enough to pull us together and shutdown, strike, slowdown, I don”t know what will.

My first suggestion is that we have an all out boycott of California, Florida, and New York. A few weeks of billions of dollars in produce rotting in wharehouses may make someone look at this again.

For all of you who say we cant afford to do this, figure out what as many as 806 more hours per year of sitting without pay does to your family.

We cant afford not to!!!!!

 

Low Cost Shipping And What It Means To Your Bottom Line

 

The trucking industry is no different than any business in its basic model, as the goal of any business is to minimize costs, maximize profits, and provide the kind of service needed across many different specialties while fighting ever increasing fuel and equipment costs.

Large companies are constantly advertising for new hire drivers as there is an incredibly bad shortage in the number of people who will work this hard although unemployment is at a ridiculous high and trucking jobs as a whole pay really good compared to working at local factories. The real sacrifice, you are gone a lot if you wish to make real money.

This has caused many trucking companies and independent transporters to become very specialized in one genre of trucking such as flatbed, liquid bulk, reefer freight (Grocery), Hot Shot, and the list goes on. By doing this, they can keep and maintain more specific equipment for the task at hand and also keep drivers who are trained in that type of  specialty hauling, giving them a much safer and well trained professional driver while giving the receiver a great service.

The one inherent problem with this is the fact that there are more dead head (empty) miles to be covered as it is difficult to always get a reload from the area a particular truck is delivering to. This is what makes an online shipping website very useful to both, shipper and transporter. We have the way for you to fill your trucks with items at a great price for both parties as the truck is running those miles already and does not have to await a dispatch for a reload.

Your one stop shipping destination makes it free, fast, and easy to list your Item or full load and have transportation service providers bid against one another to get you the lowest price on your shipping while allowing them to make the amount of money they require for the load. it is a win / win situation.

Best of all, you have no phone calls to worry about, no hidden fees, no stress as you would if you were to directly contact a shipping company.

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Getting Into Hauling Hot Shot Freight: Part Two

Now that we have established the equipment and tools that you will need to be a ltl or hot shot transporter, it is time that we look at the business end of this. If you cannot manage the business end of it, you either need to hire someone who can, lease on with someone so they are taking care of it, or do something else altogether.

There is a lot of money to be made in the trucking industry and it continues to grow day by day as more people require all types of goods. That being said, there is a lot of money to be lost if you do not plan trips ahead and closely manage fuel and maintenance costs as it is very costly to be any kind of transporter and MANAGEMENT IS IMPERATIVE.

Step one, know YOUR limits and the limits of your equipment. You can only do what you can do! If you try to overload yourself or your equipment, you will soon be facing downtime, mechanical issues, and worse yet, personal injury or injury to others so stay legal, run legal, and most of all BE SAFE! the motoring public is counting on you to do so.

When you get your DOT and MC numbers and permits you are constantly under the scrutiny of a large number of federal agencies and you must keep all of your logs, bills of lading, permits, etc. organized and ready for audit as it will make the audit process much easier on you and the auditor.

During the bidding process for a load be sure to factor in tolls as if you book a load tightly without factoring in tolls especially in New York, you will lose money very quickly. Plan your routes and know the cost of running that lane.

Plan for maintenance as you WILL have mechanical issues come up. As a rule I figure .12 cents per mile for maintenance, tires, oil changes and the occasional part failure.  This number might vary with different types of equipment but regardless, it needs to be set aside and only touched for maintenance events. As it builds and you have a good reserve in that account you can roll it into equipment upgrades.

Now, factor in the actual cost of fuel per mile. To do this I look at the highest fuel prices in the United states and work my average from it rather than using the daily national average. I do it this way as I find it is better for me when booking ahead of time as fuel prices constantly change and can seriously affect your bottom line. It can also give you some leverage when running states with lower fuel averages.

Now for the hard part, figure the average cost per mile it will cost you to STAY LEGAL, such as tags, permits, your required insurance, bookkeeping, etc. These will all likely be fixed monthly costs but must be figured at a cost per mile average so you will know exactly what your costs are.

The aforementioned items will give you the base cost just to move your equipment legally down the road.

It is now time to look at how much YOU need per mile to haul this load, which will be up to you and the area you live in and the lanes you will run, i cannot tell you in this blog what you need to make per mile over costs, but you cannot and will not make exactly the same profit on each item and each load.

Remember that dead head (unloaded) miles cost you money so it is imperative that they be minimized and factored into your costs.

Now that you are sure you want to do this and you are aware of the associated costs, it is time to start bidding on items for transport through ShipRightNow.com.

Remember that you are building a business and you must stay on top of it or it will quickly become overwhelming to you. Properly managed this is a very lucrative business and it is our hope that you will grow steadily and have a great future as an independent hot shot transporter.

Thank you, and the best of luck as you embark on your new journey.

 

 

Getting Into Hauling Hot Shot Freight – Part One

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

The Advantages of Hot Shot Hauling

With the skyrocketing unemployment rates in the United States and the uncertainty of the economy, no one can truly say what is going to happen with American jobs. Although it is a risk to start your own business, there is literally no better time than the present.

Or perhaps you are retired and wish to tour the country and get paid while doing so and not use up all of your retirement funds.
If this is the case, hot shot hauling might be right up your alley. Especially if you already have a heavy duty pickup truck and trailer.
There are many different specialities and many different types of trailers for different types of loads but overall a 30 foot gooseneck type trailer will afford you the length and weight capacity to haul a lot of freight for both individuals and companies alike.
When a company has a part break or a machine go down, they will pay great to get it picked up and delivered as soon as possible to avoid production delays and many times these items will only use a small portion of your available space.
With all of the online auctions and Craigslist many people are selling large items that need to be transported long distances and the most effective way to get it done is to list their items on www.shiprightnow.com and allow transporters to competitively bid against one another in a reverse auction format for their business. This allows transporters to keep their trailers loaded with many different items while giving the individual shipper the best price.
As with any kind of business you will need to seriously look into all of the legalities and requirements to decide if it is for you. If so, we are glad to see You take charge of your life!

Figuring Prices for hauling Hot Shot Freight

As any business owner or individual should be, we are all concerned about the rising price of fuel. Improperly monitored, the fluctuations could quickly be the financial ruin of a transport company of any size.

One thing we all have to do is to never go below a certain point in our overall pricing and this rule must always be followed.

One must know to the fraction of a cent the exact operating cost of your equipment. On my dually trucks I always set aside .12 cents per mile to cover all maintenance, tires, oil changes and the unexpected. This has worked as a good number for me in the central United States and may fluctuate slightly in other areas. I am able to keep all of my equipment very well maintained.

I figure a minimum of .77 cents per mile to pay myself, with no truck expenses being taken from this figure. That is on a simple, non specialized load for which the fees would naturally be higher.

Add to this your cost for insurance per mile based on your monthly insurance cost divided by your average monthly mileage.

Now, factor in your fuel cost per mile based on the highest average pump price in the nation divided by the least miles per gallon your truck will achieve under a load.

Add all of this together and it will give you your cost per mile for a bid.

This system works well for me and I hope you will find it useful.
Happy Hauling, Bill