December 21, 2017

New Year, New You, New Trucking Company

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? If you haven’t, here’s an idea to put on your list: start your own trucking company! Now is the perfect time to take the leap. Here are some tips on how you can successfully make your new business a reality:

Make a Specific Plan

Many new year’s resolutions are vague, general plans. For example, some say, “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to exercise more.” While these resolutions are great, they don’t answer the when or how. When deciding on how and when to start your trucking company, make a plan that explains what you need, when you’re going to get what you need, and how you’re going to get it. To start your trucking company, you may need:

Don’t let the paperwork stop you from starting your trucking company. Give Motor Carrier HQ a call to help save you time and money by sorting through what you need and don’t need to get your trucking company on the road.

Plan for Failure

You might have a bumpy start with your new trucking company, and that’s okay! Make sure you have a backup plan in case your business has a slower start than you thought. If you don’t see immediate success, don’t get discouraged. Keep finding loads and keep running. You may find that with hard work, your trucking company can be successful.

Take the Leap

One of the biggest things that stops people from achieving their new year’s resolutions is they don’t start in the first place. While you can start your trucking company at any time, make your new company a new year’s resolution and start right now to make the change. Even better, you don’t have to start your company alone. Let Motor Carrier HQ save you time and money. Give us a call today!

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Still Unsure if You Should Start Your Trucking Company?

If you’re still not convinced that you’re ready to get started with your new trucking company, here are a few things to consider:

Why You Should Start Your Own Trucking Company

If you’re already working as a trucker or are thinking about entering the trucking industry, you may be wondering why you should start your own trucking company. Why put the time and effort into creating an entirely new business? Is it actually possible to make a profit? Is it worth the risk? What are the advantages of running my own trucking company? What are the disadvantages? To answer some of these questions, here’s how you can be your own boss as a trucker and the advantages of choosing to run your own company.

How to Get Your Trucking Company Started

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to start your own business, it’s time to begin. Make plans, gather resources, and find which registrations you need and which ones you don’t. Depending on what you want to haul and where, here a few legal registrations you will probably need to take care of first to get your motor carrier authority:

  • FMCSA Filing Fee
  • BOC–3
  • USDOT Number
  • MC Number (Interstate Operating Authority)

There are also a number of other things to consider, like where to get and insure your truck. You even have the choice of becoming a broker, who don’t own trucks but instead act as the middlemen between those who need truckers to haul loads and truckers who need to find loads.
Need more information on what you can do to get your new business started? Check out how to get your trucking company started.

How Can Motor Carrier Help?

The laws and regulations of running your own trucking company can be tricky and confusing. Some of the laws may be straight-forward, like the FMCSA filing fee, which you need to pay to start your trucking company. Others are riddled with exceptions. Do you really need a USDOT Number? What about your intrastate operating authority? At Motor Carrier HQ and with the help of Progressive Reporting, we create a customized game-plan for you and your company. We save you money by only registering for what you need and not what you don’t. You can have peace of mind knowing that you won’t be getting fined for improper registration while knowing you didn’t spend more than you had to.
If you’re ready to get your new trucking company started, give Motor Carrier a call at (866) 739-2032. We can answer any questions you have and help you make your goal of starting your new trucking company.

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