A great salute from all of us to all of you Truckers!
You make America move!
Happy Driver Appreciation Week.
Shipping a large item such as a motorcycle or ATV can seem like a difficult and daunting task if you try to go through a large freight hauling company or especially if you go through a broker, simply because all parties along the way have a way of adding a small amount to the price. This is their business model and how they make a living.
That being said, all of the add ons and miscellaneous fees quickly add up and even if you book them, it is unlikely they will have the ability to give “door to door shipping service.
With ShipRightNow, you list your item COMPLETELY FREE! Complete with photos and information specific to your item including exact pickup and delivery dates. The majority of our partner transporters offer door to door pickup and delivery service.
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We never ask for credit card information and the only few charged is a small percentage charged to the transporter if both parties have agreed on a price and closed the deal on a shipment.
We also never disclose any personal information such as email, phone, etc to either party as all conversing goes through our system until the shipper and transporter agree to do business with one another.
We hope you love ShipRightNow and we strive for continued improvement.
Imagine this,: you see a ZTR lawn mower on EBay that you wish to purchase, but it’s 1200 miles away, quite a time consuming and expensive trip for you to take yourself.
Perhaps you wish to buy a puppy, a 4 wheeler, motorcycle, etc. absolutely anything.
You call a dozen different trucking companies who give you the runaround, senseless dates and times, and an astronomical price that you know is hyper inflated.
By listing that item on www.ShipRightNow.com you can receive a bid that is much much lower than you would ever have imagined because a trucker with a little empty space is already traveling along that route and can use the extra money to subsidize what he or she does for a living.
This saves you 50 to 70 percent over the ridiculous rates charged by trucking companies and brokers and puts 100 percent of the money in the truckers hand and 100 percent of the savings in your pocket.
It’s a win/win situation for both parties and nobody else there with their hand out wanting either of your hard earned money!
Also, with ShipRightNow.com, you are in DIRECT communication with the transporter who is hauling your precious cargo, no middle men to go through and give you the runaround, saving you tons of stress.
Please recommend us to a friend.
Thank you in advance.
Its back to school time for most children all over the U.S. so we all need to be more aware of our surroundings and a bit more cautious on roads where school busses are likely to be running.
Remember that small children feel safe around their yards and their friends so they might run into the road after a toy, or on a dare from another kid. None of us wish to have an accident especially not one involving a child.
As amazing as it sounds, I see more drivers of cars and big trucks than ever, holding a phone up and texting as they go down the highways. I was behind an 18 wheeler in Mississippi a week ago who was weaving horribly bad and finally laid into my horn and came around him, sure enough, staring at a cellphone even as I passed.
We all need to join in and start policing this ourselves as it is careless driving and makes us all look bad.
Be careful Drivers.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
As the arrival of springtime nears it is a great time to start cleaning out the garage and shed. We all seem to have a collection of stuff that we have acquired over time that we need to get rid of but the worries and hassles of shipping large auction items is just too much.
If you go through all of the hassles of calling freight companies and trying to sort through the endless amount of fees, extra fees, time delays, and the fact that the majority of them will need someone to bring the items to them and to pick the items up on the other end, you will quickly tire. That is where our service is here to save the day.
With ShipRightNow you simply register, create a shipment for free, and our team of transportation professionals come in and bid competitively to give you the lowest price on transporting your item whether it be across town or across the country.
It is a very simple scenario, list your item, let transporters bid on your load, and accept the bid that you are the most comfortable with.
Very simple, very fast, 100 percent stress free. Ship it right, ShipRightNow.com
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