A couple of episodes ago I talked about being deliberate. One of the best ways to ensure you are deliberate in all that you do is to have a clear vision. All great leaders have a good vision. Whether you are an owner operator or the owner of a large fleet, you have to have a clear vision of the future if you want to maximize your success.
Another month gone by and it was a unique month, we get into why. We also answer a couple questions from listeners at the end of the episode.
In this episode I am going to talk about one of my habits that I think has had the biggest impact on my success and I hope it can help you out too.
Things seem to be getting better and better as the months go by, but I we are clearly not out of the woods yet. July was better than June and the freight market seems to continue to move in the right direction. Rates toward the end of the month were better than the beginning of the month.
Growing a trucking company from one truck is a challenge, even under the best of circumstances. In this episode I hope to give you some ideas and things to think about if you want to go from 1 truck to 5, or even more. It’s a process that needs to be well planned out; hopefully, this episode will get your “wheels turning”.
We’re still experiencing the roller coaster ride of a tough economy and a volatile freight market. With that being said, we still made money in June, it just wasn’t much. Like my dad always says, “It’s better than a swift kick in the butt.” The biggest difference this month that really affected our financials were much higher than normal maintenance and repair expenses.
The Bible teaches that if you live by God’s Ten Commandments, He will bless you. Similarly, if you follow my Ten Commandments for Owner Operators, you’re likely to find success.
The first year of any business is the hardest. I was able to bring in just over $200,000 in total revenue during my first 12 months as an Owner Operator. Although revenue is important, the number that really matters is the bottom line. We cover that and so much more during this episode of the podcast, where Craig and I review the highs and lows from the startup phase through the first year in business of Haulin Assets.
When I first started working on this series for hiring a truck driver, I was only planning on 3 episodes. As I got further into the process, I realized that the screening process needed its own episode for two reasons. First, it is so important. The screening process is 90% of what sets you up for hiring a good driver vs. being stuck with a bad egg. Second, it has a lot of parts to it. In this episode I cover the 7 steps I use when I hire a driver.
May was much better than April, in fact, we were able to turn a healthy profit. The freight market was better than April, but still unstable. It seems hit and miss. One day an area of the country has decent rates and a few days later the same area crashes and rates go bad. With that being said, rates on a whole are definitely improving.