Starting your own trucking company can be a very rewarding and profitable thing to do.
To improve your chances of success and to shorten your learning curve you need access to good information, training, and support. Trucking is unlike any other business in many ways – and ways that matter greatly.
I see articles all the time that are giving out generic business advice posing as trucking specific advice – and it is wrong – because the person or people putting out that content usually have no trucking experience and no knowledge of trucking personally.
Just be aware of that – and get your information from better sources that do have real-world trucking experience and knowledge.
While it is possible to start a trucking business as an owner without being the operator (driver) yourself – that is rare and your chances of success are far lower in most cases.
There are some people who are already successful business owners and entrepreneurs who are well versed in the fundamentals of business management and entrepreneurship. They have a far greater chance of being able to get enough trucking specific information and training to start and run a successful trucking company without driving themselves, than someone attempting to do so without that experience.
There are also a few others (percentage-wise) who have the drive, determination, people skills, and sales skills – and a great deal of luck – who can also achieve success in trucking without driving. They are very very rare – and most who attempt this without a solid foundation in business (and a lot of capital) do fail.
In my opinion, a better way is to start as a company driver first – even if it is a brief period of time of let’s say nine months to one year. During that time LEARN as much as possible. Develop your own skills as a driver and at the same time pay attention to everything you can see about how the company itself operates. These lessons and experiences will serve you well as you proceed on to becoming an owner operator yourself.
If you are already a truck driver and have at least some experience then you are already ahead in the process of becoming a successful owner operator.
If you do not have any experience yet, consider getting your CDL and working for another carrier for at least a few months to a year or so first, before you begin the actual steps of applying for and getting your authority.
Then get your own authority and begin operations.
A trucking company owner who has never been an operator and who has never had a CDL can never fully understand and fully know trucking the way they could and should with a CDL and actual experience.
Keep in mind that the founders of most of the largest and most successful trucking companies started as owner operators with one truck and a trailer – and built their own trucking business empires from there.
That brings us to;
Step 1 of Starting Your Own Trucking Business – Information
Get Informed – Trucking is both a high profit and high-risk business and it is very heavily regulated. You need good information to make better decisions.
The next thing you are going to need to do depends on you and where you are now in your trucking business journey. If you intend to start as an owner operator – meaning you personally are going to drive and operate the truck as well as own and operate the company itself, you will need a CDL and some experience. If you already have that – great.
If you do not yet have a CDL, not a big deal – so long as you can meet the requirements. Be sure to investigate the requirements and make sure you can meet them before you begin the process of actually getting your license. You can get your CDL (Commercial Drivers License) by completing training with a truck driver training school. Chances are there is one near you – or within a relatively short drive – that you can attend on your own if you have the money or are willing to take on the financing needed to complete the school and get your Class A CDL.
Some trucking companies will pay for your training or train you directly if you agree to drive for them for some period of time – usually a year or so. That is an option if you need it or just want to go that way. However, a better way if you can afford it is to pay for your school on your own (with your own money or credit and grants etc) so you are not under any obligation to any motor carrier at all.
By the way, if you need more information on any specific element or topic of our discussion here check out my other articles, posts, and content – or simply become a member of our Trucking Business Success Facebook group and ask your questions there anytime.
For the remainder of this article, we are going to proceed with the premise that you already have your CDL and some driving experience.
Step 2 of Starting Your Own Trucking Business – Make Key Decisions
Make Better Decisions – When you have the right information and know where to get more training and support you can make better more well-informed decisions that increase your chances of success.
This is contrary to what many other “want to be owner operators” actually do.
Often they are making choices based on guessing and information provided by other people who have their own agendas. People working for megacarriers for example – who are supposed to convince as many new drivers and existing drivers as they can to sign up for their Lease Purchase Program – and they do make it sound very enticing.
These people are professional SALESPEOPLE, not trucking business experts. So watch your six if that’s your source of info!
My advice to you is to take responsibility for your own research and education in trucking – and choose better sources of information, training, and support where you can get REAL resources of value to help you do better from day one.
Be sure you understand the requirements of becoming an Owner Operator and that you are both capable and willing to meet them. Be sure your family is too. Do so BEFORE you go out and get yourself in the middle of doing it and incurring all the costs and risks you are about to incur if you proceed.
Now let’s briefly look at some ways people do get started as Owner Operators. One that you hear all the time and see big carriers pushing hard are Lease Purchase Programs.
Most lease purchase programs suck for those in them and they are generally NOT a good opportunity.
There are very few that are workable and that can help you achieve your goals – but the good ones are extremely rare and limited in the numbers of people they let in. There is your first clue – if a company is trying to entice brand new rookie drivers with no experience in trucking at all directly into their Lease Purchase Program – then watch out.
And if they are doing this by the hundreds then there is a 99.99 chance in my opinion that they have a crap program that is NOT in the best interest of its drivers.
Be that as it may, it is your decision to figure out how to go about starting your own trucking business. One way is to buy your own truck and trailer and get your own authority as an independent owner operator, and that is the route we will cover primarily from here on in this article.
However, before we do that – you should be aware there are other options too so you can choose what works best for you. They include;
- Own Authority – Independent Owner Operator Motor Carrier
- Leased On Owner Operator – Operating Under Another Motor Carrier
- Lease Purchase Program Owner Operator – Renting a Truck to Buy It Upon Completion of the Terms
The first is the one with the most freedom and the most profit potential. It also correspondingly is the most complex and requires you to accept all the responsibilities that go along with it too.
That is to become an Independent Owner Operator with your own authority. You ARE the motor carrier and the driver in that case, essentially. Technically your LLC, S corp, or whatever entity you choose is the MC – but since you own it – from a practical perspective you are one and the same as a solo owner operator.
Now let’s briefly cover the other two.
Leased on Owner Operator – Here you buy your own truck typically and then you enter into a contract (Lease) with a motor carrier to run loads under their authority (and rules) in exchange for a specified amount of compensation. Usually, that is a percentage of the revenue they get for the load. It can be anything you both agree to and typically ranges from 65% up to about 80% with many being somewhere in between those two.
The company often provides the plate for your tractor, the liability insurance, cargo insurance, and a trailer for you to use. They will have other things available to you at a discount such as fuel, tires, maybe even repairs and maintenance in their shop.
They handle all the back-end trucking business admin and most of the compliance stuff as they are the motor carrier. You run your loads, turn in your paperwork, and get paid. You also take care of your tractor and your own business-related responsibilities.
That is much simpler and easier than having your own authority – yet still affords you more freedom and more profit than a company driver – in most cases. But do keep in mind this depends heavily on the specific motor carrier you choose to work with and run for.
It can be a great relationship for both you and the motor carrier – if your goals and objectives are in alignment and if they are a good motor carrier. If not it can be a bad choice. The good thing is since you own your own truck you can cancel your lease and move on to another carrier or go get your own authority.
If you want to choose this route – just do your homework and choose a really good motor carrier.
Lease Purchase Programs – The key things you need to know are that many companies do NOT offer these programs for your benefit at all, but rather for their own. A fair program is one that gives the company the advantages and profits it needs and wants – while at the same time allowing you to have enough of the same to make it a good deal for you.
Yet many make it near impossible for you to get ahead.
Often they have you make truck payments (regardless of what they call it) of more than $1000 per WEEK. Read that again. I said per week – not per month. If you went to a bank or other commercial lender the monthly payments would be about what these lease purchase programs charge you per week.
That is a HUGE expense. It is also one you must cover each week if you want to remain in the program and keep your truck.
They also control your freight.
That means they directly control your ability to make money.
Finally, consider this – the truck is NOT titled in your name but rather it remains in their name for the duration of the program. So what do you really own?
The answer is nothing. Technically you are NOT an Owner Operator (how can you be when you do not own the truck!). Think about that and let it sink in.
The reason they use the Owner Operator label and the title is because it plays on your emotions, and they know that well. You WANT that title. Some people will do almost anything to get it too… even if it makes no business sense at all.
The reality is that many company drivers earn MORE money with less work and more hometime than most lease purchase program participants ever do.
I do NOT like MOST lease purchase programs and I have studied many of them. I have hired hundreds of drivers who have failed in such programs over the years and I know how these things really work.
It is possible to have a good program – one that is fair for both sides. but most are not that at all. So make your own choice – just do it with your eyes wide open and use your brain and not just your emotions.
Figure out and choose your own route. How do you intend to become an Owner Operator?
That is your next key decision. If you want to become an Independent Owner Operator – keep reading and we will keep on covering the steps to do that.
However, if you choose any of the other routes – I do have information to help you there too in other articles, content, and courses.
Once you know you want to become an Independent Owner Operator then you need to study and learn the basics of the process of getting your own authority, meeting all of the requirements to get operational and the business requirements to be able to begin booking and running your own loads quickly so you can generate trucking revenue and earn a profit as soon as possible.
Step 3 of Starting Your Own Trucking Business – Buying Your Truck and Trailer
Finding and purchasing your own truck and trailer.
Obviously, to be an owner operator you will need a truck – and I HIGHLY recommend you buy your own trailer too if you possibly can. While it is possible to start with power only that severely limits your available loads and I do NOT recommend that. However, it is an option and is your choice.
Let’s consider what truck you should buy.
I like Freightliner Cascadias with DD engines. They are proven, reliable, affordable and there are thousands of them available as they are used by all kinds of fleets large and small.
Another good choice is a Volvo. Volvo has good trucks, they’re also used by big carriers and smaller ones too meaning they are plentiful and so are parts and service facilities all across the country.
Consider all modern trucks also have pollution systems and require maintenance and upkeep along with DEF or diesel Exhaust Fluid. I do NOT like these systems for a variety of reasons. Yet all modern trucks have them – so you need to understand enough about them to be able to make some key decisions on which truck to choose and possible problems and costs associated with these systems.
They add all kinds of costs and complexity to the truck.
If anything goes wrong with the system it can and will derate your engine meaning it will take power away and reduce your speed – and if it is severe enough of a problem, or if you ignore it – it will drop your truck’s max speed to 5 mph or under.
Just enough to limp off the road onto the shoulder.
To fix the system – even a pump replacement – is often in the thousands of dollars range. When you add in the tow bill, parts and labor – and diagnostics/computer work it will easily be $3000 to $4000 and three days to a week of downtime for a relatively minor problem with these systems.
The whole system is well over $20,000 and is in the realm of engine rebuild cost!
Some people bypass the pollution system – and I also do NOT recommend you ever do that nor should you ever buy a truck that has had it done. They call this “deleting” and it requires physical changes and computer changes. It is ILLEGAL and you can be fined tens of thousands of dollars – so again DO NOT DO THAT and do not buy any truck that has been deleted.
If you want a truck without such systems (and headaches) you can buy an older truck. Do keep in mind that an older truck is going to either be worn out and require almost a complete rebuild costing a lot of money and time – or if it has already been rebuilt it is going to cost near as much or more than a brand new truck.
Also, consider that because so many people now want these old trucks to get around having to have a pollution system and all its problems – the value of these old trucks has already doubled or tripled. That’s for an old truck that is over a million miles and worn-out too! Then you are going to have repair and rebuild costs to contend with on top of the purchase price.
Still – it is an option, and some people do choose this route.
If I were going to go that route I would look at a 1999 or so Freightliner Classic XL or a 379 Peterbilt and preferably with a Detroit 60 series in it. Lots of Petes have Yellow motors (Cats) and while they are fine engines they are not the best for cost, reliability, and serviceability in my opinion – and nothing out here beats a DD engine.
That’s just my opinion and preference – do your own research and decide for yourself – but DO consider known facts about any engine and any truck you choose.
Do your own research and homework and make your own decision.
I chose a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia with a 475 HP DD15 engine and a 13 speed and it continues to be a great truck for me and for our business. Find what works for you just do the research on the particular truck you are considering and then look at it carefully before you buy it. Get the maintenance records on it and review them too, if at all possible.
The above picture is my truck and trailer. It gets the job done and it is comfortable, looks good, and suits me just fine. If you want to see it running on numerous trips be sure to check out my L.D. Sewell YouTube channel too, where I do some vlogs and other videos of many of the trips I run in this truck.
Another truck I mentioned and that is a good choice too is a Volvo such as this one;
Many rental companies and large fleets use them too – so many are usually available for sale as those companies often upgrade their own fleets with newer trucks every couple of years or so.
Before you finalize a purchase – talk to a couple of insurance companies and get quotes for your costs on that specific truck. They will want the year, make, model, equipment specs, and the VIN – all of which you can get from any dealer.
Get your quotes and make your decision on the truck – buy it and continue on.
Step 4 of Starting Your Own Trucking Business – Getting Your Own Authority
A look at the actual process of completing all requirements to get your authority as a motor carrier.
Before you can ever transport your first load as a trucking business owner operator you first have to get your authority and get it active. This is done through the DOT (Department of Transportation) and its FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).
The process can be done online by you personally – or you can hire a third-party agency/service provider for a fee to do most of it for you. On top of their fee, you will still have to pay for your own authority and any and all other fees necessary for all the other things you are going to need.
Currently, the fee for your authority is $300.
Your DOT number itself is free.
You need both to operate as a motor carrier.
Anytime you wish you can begin the registration process – however, to complete it and be able to get your authority active you will need to have a truck and insurance. To get the insurance you need a truck.
You begin the registration process by going to the FMCSA website
Once you are there you need to be in the section for unified carrier registration. The link above should automatically take you there – but if it doesn’t, find the FMCSA site with a Google search (make sure you are on a .gov site and NOT a .com look alike.
The current site address is https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/
Once you are on the main site you will need to look at the menu, put your cursor (Hover but don’t click) over “Registration” which will open a box, then move to and click on “Apply for a New USDOT Number and/or Authority” and CLICK on that.
That should take you to the registration page/portal and you just need to follow the prompts and answer the questions.
Do read each question and provide all required information CAREFULLY. Do not rush through this as a mistake can cost you money and cause you problems. Double-check all of your entries before you finalize them.
You do NOT have to complete everything in one session – save your login information and you can come back as many times as you need to within the window and complete everything.
As I mentioned earlier – if you wish you can hire someone else to do all this for you on your behalf.
But to me, it really inst that complicated and if you can figure out how to run your own trucking business you can certainly do this yourself too.
Keep in mind that whether you do it yourself or hire someone else to do it for you, once all information has been supplied and submitted you are looking at about 21 DAYS BEFORE your authority will be active. Until you get the letter from DOT saying it is active and then you go to Safer and verify it there you do NOT have an active MC authority and can not run any loads.
NO COMPANY CAN GET IT ANY FASTER FOR YOU EITHER!
I see some with misleading ads out there all the time. They are full of crap if they claim they can get your authority any faster than you can because they can’t. Assuming you file everything correctly the time frame will be exactly the same – and you will have to pay them their fee on top of all the other stuff you have to pay.
Some such services can be nice (honest ones like OOIDA) but again they are not required and not necessary.
Step 5 of Starting Your Own Trucking Business – Other Filings and Requirements to Operate
You have multiple other things that must be filed, completed, and maintained too.
Step 4 above is like the tip of an iceberg – there are A LOT of things that must be done, filed, maintained, and verified before you are ready to run that first load legally with your own active authority.
Many of these things cost money.
You will need the insurance as I mentioned earlier just to get your authority, and that will likely cost you a couple to a few thousand dollars down and then anywhere from $1000 to $2000 per month – or more. Call Progressive Commercial as one of the companies you use for a quote. Many new owner operators find they are the easiest and best to work with – but you can and should consider quotes from one or two other companies too.
You have to register through your state with IRP and IFTA (tractor plate and fuel decals) and you also have to register your trailer if you buy one.
Depending on the states you plan to operate in you may have to register with them too. For example, KY and NY both require additional things, so if you are going to run there (or a few other states with similar requirements) be sure to find out and understand their requirements so you can be in compliance and avoid fines and penalties.
Both your tractor and your trailer will need an annual inspection.
Your truck must be marked in accordance with regulations and as a practical matter, you will need to also assign and apply truck and trailer numbers (typically vinyl decals).
You need a process ageent (BOC3). Consider OOIDA – they include that service free with your membership.
You must sign up with a drug and alcohol program, be in its random pool and complete a pre-employment DOT drug test. You have to have the custody and control form and the results on file BEFORE you run your first load.
Read that last part again and do not screw that up – the fines and penalties are SEVERE on drug testing if you get it wrong! They can and will yank your authority too. So get it right.
I highly recommend Cliff Dilling and his company DDTA Services out of East Palestine OH – and they can help you anywhere in the country. Call Cliff and tell him I sent you! You should be able to reach him and his staff here – 330 426-1941
Beyond that, you will need your own qual file, accident register, maintenance plan, and other things – all of which I cover in detail in my courses and other publications.
Step 6 of Starting Your own Trucking Business – Installing and Using Your ELD
ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device and it is usually an application and an adaptor/interface module that connects to your truck’s computer diagnostic port which is usually on the sidewall of your truck, under the dash on the driver’s side somewhere. The ELD provider will give you the device to connect to that port and an app to download and install on your phone or tablet. They will link together and record data.
You have the ability to change your own duty status in certain situations and it will automatically change it for you in others.
There are several choices of providers and you can research them and choose whichever you like. Many choose Keeptrucking which is owned by Google. I chose TruckingOffice as my ELD provider and my TMS (Trucking Management System) provider. I like them because the company was built by an Owner Operator from real-world experiences – and it is both cost-effective and scalable as a company grows and ads drivers should it decide to do so – and my company will definitely be doing so.
Whatever you choose – learn how to use it and make sure it is working correctly before beginning operations. Most companies have their own training and tutorials and of course, there are YouTube videos available on all of them too.
You will also need a user’s guide or card printed out and in your truck for DOT/enforcement personnel to see if they want it – and you will need logbook pages (or a logbook) in case of an ELD malfunction.
Learn and be sure you understand the Hours of Service Regulations (go to the FMCSA site, look up regulations and interpretations and look for section 395). Because of the automatic functions of most ELD’s many drivers today do not learn nor do they understand the regulations on hours of service. In the event of an audit or a serious accident/crash (regardless of fault), many are going to have a bad day because they are doing a lot of things wrong.
For example – fueling is an ON DUTY function. So is inspecting and doing any service on your truck – and many YouTube truckers routinely show themselves working on their trucks and trailers and mention the specific date and time – and that they are on their 34 reset at the time! They are clueless that they are not only violating the hours of service regulations but that they just made a confession VIDEO and launched it onto YouTube!
Incredible. Stupid. But also true…
Step 7 of Starting Your own Trucking Business – Complete Your Own Checklist
Develop and use your own checklist to help you keep track of everything critical.
Once you think you have everything done and you are ready to roll out on your first load – before you do that take a moment and let’s go back and double-check everything again.
Use a written checklist – make one using Evernote or some other program/app or just use pencil and paper. But do something in writing one way or the other.
Go back and look at all critical elements we have discussed and any other you have completed – along with anything else you just want to add. Verify it all.
Make absolutely certain you are in a DOT-compliant drug and alcohol testing program and that you have your pre-employment test and custody control form on file.
Be sure your insurance (DOT compliant/MCS90) trucking insurance is active and in place.
Be certain your AUTHORITY IS ACTIVE! Do NOT roll until you have your letter stating that it is from DOT AND until you have looked it up in safer and verified it yourself.
Be certain you have your IRP/Plate on your truck, you have a trailer plate and you have your IFTA decals on both sides of your tractor.
Be sure you have your tractor MARKINGS on your truck and in compliance with regs.
Be sure you have a permit book in your truck with your Cabcard and all other required docs.
Be sure you have a charged and secured fire extinguisher, three reflective triangles, and spare electrical fuses (of the right size and type) onboard your truck.
Have you ELD installed, working, and know how to use it.
Fuel card available (highly recommended!)
Markings of truck and trailer numbers on truck and trailer (decals).
Check your list. Mark it all off as you verify each item carefully. Then onto booking that first load my friend!
Step 8 of Starting Your own Trucking Business – How to Find and Book Loads as an Independent Owner Operator
Booking loads and getting started producing revenue as a brand new owner operator.
We just completed a course on this topic on Udemy called “Booking Loads for New Owner Operators” which covers this in detail, so check out the course if you want details.
The shorter version is you are going to need to work with Freight Brokers and their agents most likely to get the loads you need. The easiest way to find loads is to sign up and get an account with DAT for their Truckersedge load board. It is affordable, powerful, and will give you immediate access to a wealth of information – and to loads.
There are also direct load boards with brokers and others you can sign up for – some require you to be registered with them as a carrier first before they will let you have access.
Keep in mind too, that some brokers and some shippers will NOT work with brand new carriers. that is for all kinds of reasons but mainly because they are an unknown and that makes them a risk in the eyes o many. So until a new carrier has some time to prove itself they say no thanks.
It is not a big deal because there are MANY who will be more than happy to work with you from day one – so find and focus on them and don’t worry about those who won’t right now. they will work with you too later and later will come around sooner than you think because you are about to be very busy.
Once you find the load you want you may be able to register and then book it online – or you may need to call the broker.
Learn the lingo, learn how to ask for more money and you will get it. I currently average multiple thousand more per month – just because I ask for it. Our courses and content teach such things so check out our courses and other content if you want to make more money faster.
Get your load – the broker will email, or fax you a Rate Confirmation (Ratecon) and this is VERY important. It is your contract for the load. Make sure everything matches what you discussed and agreed to – or call the broker have them correct it and send it again BEFORE you run the load!
Step 9 of Starting Your own Trucking Business – How to Get Paid
The more you know the sooner you get paid for the loads you run.
Congrats! You are finally operational and making money at this point. as soon as that load has been delivered, is off your truck and you have a signed BOL – then you have earned your money for that load.
However, earning it and getting it are two different things.
You have a few options available.
You can create an invoice and send it to the customer to pay. All TMS software should have this capability. Then you will have to wait to get paid. You also have to include a legible copy of the BOL and any other things they may specific – or they will kick it back and you will have to do it all over again.
If the bill is in order and they receive it at the right department and location – many companies will take a month or more from that time until you have the payment in hand. That’s a long time.
Especially when you have insurance, fuel, and other expenses – plus your own pay to contend with – not to mention any repairs.
Another way is to use a Factoring Company – like Apex – which is who we use. You sign up get an account with them and then send the BOL and other docs to them – they will process it and pay you almost immediately. Usually just a day or two – then they take on the responsibility of going to the customer to get paid themselves. They may have to wait that 30 or more days – but it is no longer your problem – it’s theirs, and it is what they get paid for. You will pay them a fee per invoice for this service – and it is money well spent as far as I am concerned.
It allows you to keep buying fuel and covering expenses – and be able to eat too.
This is especially important when you are new and your cash reserves are low.
Over time as you increase your cash on hand then you may choose not to rely on factoring companies as much – but starting out they are very important unless you already have a lot of cash on hand from some other source – or you live in your truck and have no other expenses.
As you work with brokers, you will find some have quick pay. It’s almost like factoring though not exactly – they agree to pay you faster than usual and sometimes immediately if you will pay them a fee usually by accepting a lesser amount on the load by a few bucks. Much like factoring and similar costs per load – but different from a legal standpoint and other technical reasons.
be sure you work with a factoring company that will allow you to factor some, but not all loads -and you keep them separate. Some will some won’t so be sure to address all this upfront before you choose a factoring company and enter into a contract with them.
Step 10 of Starting Your own Trucking Business – How to Achieve and Maintain Trucking Business Success
Get ongoing help and support from now on to help you achieve and maintain Trucking Business Success!
As you can see there is a lot to this business.
Getting started and beginning to make money in a trucking business of your own as an Independent Owner Operator is an exciting and wonderful thing.
I know. I’ve personally done it and I am still doing it now too.
Yet this business has a massive amount of moving parts and things that absolutely must be taken care of effectively if you want to keep doing this over the long haul.
You will have to be ready for a new entrant audit.
Even so, you must understand and be ready for a compliance review at any time.
You have to deal with quarterly fuel taxes and annual renewals on all kinds of things.
All these things and more, are why you need to have good Management Control Systems set up and in use from day one on. If you eventually have thoughts of expanding and building your trucking company into a fleet – it will be better to set up all your systems with that in mind from the beginning.
That way they will be expandable – but will also be the same as you start with so your knowledge and experience with them will allow you a much smoother and much better transition as you scale and build your company to whatever level you choose. The same systems will work just as well for one truck, teen trucks, or 100 trucks or more.
Continuing Improvement and Learning
Once you achieve all this it is easy to become complacent and somewhat set in your ways as you focus on moving freight and making money. Many trucking business owners do just that. However, you need ways to stay current with regulatory requirements including changes and to stay on top of industry changes and trends that can help you run your business better.
There will be frequent questions that will come up – and when they do you need people to get information and help from. This is why continuing to work towards ongoing improvement by getting access to continuing education, information and support are critical elements of your long-term success.
I can help you with all of that and more.
To begin with, this site and blog will be a source of information, such as you found in this article and there will be many other posts and articles containing similar value here on all aspects of trucking. It also has links to our TBS Academy where there will be in-depth courses on all core trucking topics, and additional links to our trucking business-related and other relevant courses on other platforms – such as Udemy.
Our FaceBook group is another good place to stay in touch with me and with many other members who can also answer questions and share information and experiences.
From this site and the group, you can find links and find out more information about all resources available. So you are not alone and you do have plenty of help and support available to you if you want it.
Let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations for improving this article as it will be updated and added to from time to time.
Until next time, take care and be safe.