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Chris is going from behind the desk to behind the wheel and starting his own trucking company.

Chris is going from behind the desk to behind the wheel and starting his own trucking company.
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Chris is going from behind the desk to behind the wheel and starting his own trucking company.




#23. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

In this episode Craig and I cover two topics. First, we talk about the UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) fee and how it brings out the dark side of the trucking industry and then we talk about a life principle that is super important for anyone who runs their own business. It’s kind of strange because these two topics are really not related, but I wanted to cover the UCR because this is the time of year the predators start to come out and take advantage of owner operators, so it got...


#22 - Eating Out vs Store Bought Food

I thought it would be fun to see how much of a cost difference it would to eat out for a week verses eating store bought food for a week. I was shocked at the difference. Listen to the episode for the full details, but some of the highlights are below. Leave a comment let me know what you do to save money on the road. In this episode Craig and I talk about my little experiment to determine the cost difference between eating at truck stops and restaurants for a week compared to eating food I...


#21. August Financials

I'm pleasantly surprised I made money in August. If you have been listening to the podcast, you will know I am in the Army National Guard and I did my two-week training period during August. I was only on the road for 10 full days and two partial days in August. My total mileage for the month was only 6,645. Even with half the month off I was able to make all the important payments and the company made $595.65. The down side was, as a driver I earned half of what I normally would. Luckily,...


#20. Understanding Cost Per Mile

This is another topic that's important enough that we'll revisit it a few times over our first year or so. Cost per mile is a vital number to know for your business, and if you know it, you've already got a leg up on about 80% of the other owner-operators out there. So why do you need to know your cost per mile? What goes into cost per mile? Knowing the difference between fixed and variable costs will really up your game as a business owner, and that's what we'll discuss on today's...


#19. Priorities of Work

This is a fun episode for me because I get to use my military experience in the business world. It never ceases to amaze me how often my military experience helps me in the business world and how my business experience helps me in my military life. The military does a lot of good things that the private sector can learn from and vice versa. (Don't forget you can visit the Haulin Assets website to hear previous episodes and view full show notes.) In this episode I talk about a very common...


#18. I Made Money ... Now What?

This is probably one of the most important episodes you can listen to. Listening to the episode is just step one, but what you really need to do is adopt the habits we talk about in this episode. Owner operators who live by the principles we discuss in this episode are the ones who are significantly more likely to succeed and ultimately THRIVE. Last week we talked about how much money I made during the first three full months operating my trucking company. In this episode, we talk about...


#17. Did I Make Money During the First Three Months Trucking?

This episode will work best if you follow along with the P&L sheet that we've included in the show notes, HERE. Drum roll please! This is the moment of reckoning. Did I make money or lose money the first three months out on the road? I answer that question during this episode. Okay, spoiler, I made $8,149.17 over that three months and that is on top of what I paid myself as a driver. Not too bad considering a lot of businesses lose money during the first year. In this episode Craig and I...


#16. Getting an ELD (Electronic Logging Device)

It's time to hit the road, but before you do, you have to have some kind of ELD, electronic logging device. An ELD can frustrate you and there are a lot of them out there, so you want to make sure you make a good decision when you purchase one. In this episode we are going to cover some of the things you need to think about purchase your ELD. We cover 5 factors you should consider when purchasing an ELD. Here they are: FMCSA websiteWhat ELD device do you use, let us know in the comments at...


#15. DOT Drug and Alcohol Compliance

The drug and alcohol regulations for the FMCSA and DOT intimidate a lot of people. The DOT takes them very seriously and non-compliance is one of the areas that will get you in hot water with the government really fast. Following the rules is really not overly difficult or even too expensive, you just have to do it. Motor Carrier HQ has a flat rate program that costs $199 for the first year and then is $139 each year after that and they take care of the details. This episode will also help...


#14. What is IRP or Apportioned Registration?

License plates in the trucking industry have many different names: IRP, apportioned registration, etc. Navigating the registration process is not simple, so we’ll try to shed some light onto it. In this episode I interview Ariel, Motor Carrier HQ’s resident expert on the International Registration Plan, often referred to as IRP or apportioned registration. We talk about what IRP is, who has to get apportioned plates, and some of the process to make it happen. To learn more about the...


#13. How to Save Money on Fuel and More

So far in this journey of starting a trucking company we have spent a lot of money, now it's time to switch gears and talk about saving money. In this episode we talk strategies for saving money on fuel, maintenance, repairs and some personal expenses. The top five expense for a trucking company, in order are: As always, check out the full show notes at https://haulinassetsllc.com/episodes/


#12. Financing Your Startup and Operating Costs

In the last episode we showed how much it cost us to start Haulin Assets, and we discussed how your situation might be similar or different. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work by figuring out how to gather all the money you’ll need in order to get that truck moving down the road and making money! For most people, coming up with the money to start their trucking company is the most challenging part of getting going. As the saying goes: “The secret of getting ahead is...


#11. How Much Does It Cost to Start a Trucking Company?

"How much does it cost to start a trucking company?" is probably the most common question we get asked. In this episode we are going to answer this question with a real life example. When I started my trucking company a few months before writing this post, I took meticulous notes documenting each and every expense I made. In this episode, I talk about each and every startup expense I made and tell you exactly how much it cost. Since every person’s situation is going to be different I also...


#10. Owner Operator vs. Employee Driver

What’s the difference between driving as an owner operator or working for a company? We got a lot of questions about this topic, so we did an entire episode about it. Check it out! A couple of episodes ago, we started doing a question and answer piece at the end of each episode. Thanks to all of your questions, we decided to do an entire episode about a topic a lot of people were asking us about. Episode 10 is all about the pros and cons of being an owner operator vs. an employee...


#9. Insurance

Getting commercial insurance for your truck is an intimidating process. We hope listening to this episode will help you so you don't go into the process blind and can make the best, informed decision for you. To learn even more, check out our page on the same subject at Motor Carrier HQ. What to Expect From Episode 9 In this episode we talk about how to purchase insurance for your truck. This will be one of the biggest purchases you make, so it's important to be smart about it. You'll...


#8. Buying a Trailer

Once you know where you are going to find your loads (see ep.7), you should be able to determine the type of trailer you are going to need to buy. In this episode we talk about how to decide what type of trailer to buy and I give some tips for when you are actually shopping around. Step one is to determine how you are going to find your loads, once you know that, it should point you in the direction for the type of trailer that is going to be best for you. We'll go over the pros and cons...


#7. How to Find Loads

Finding loads is probably one of the most important topics we are going to cover in our podcast. If you aren't finding enough loads or the right loads, your business is going to struggle. In this episode on finding loads, we are going to cover the basics and not get into too much detail. We'll hit this topic several times as the year goes on and get into more and more detail each time we do. What to Expect From Episode 7 We talk about the four main ways companies get loads: To read more...


#6. Financing Your Truck and Trailer

In this episode we talk about the different types of lenders and some of the things they look for. We also give you some tips to help give you the greatest chance of success. It all really boils down to finding the right lender who best matches up with your particular situation. You may be a square peg, and some lenders might be a round hole. You won’t get anywhere trying to get your square peg into their round hole. Look for that lender that loves square pegs, and you will have found your...


#5. Buying a Truck

This is a fun episode. Who doesn’t get excited about buying the truck that they are going to use to make them money. Heck, you are probably going to live in this thing 24/7 for days, if not weeks at a time. If there is a decision you want to get right, this is it. Here are some of the things we are going to talk about: Head to http://haulinassetsllc.com/ for the full show notes.


#4. Changing Your Mindset

In this episode I really focus on the importance of thinking like an owner. This journey really starts with YOU and a desire for something different. For me, that was deciding I wanted my hard work to make more money for myself and not for someone else. I also wanted to be in control of my destiny, not have someone else in control of it. Here are some of the changes in mindset we talk about. I hope this episode helps you think of ways to think more like an owner. What other ways do you...