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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.




#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...


#3. DOT Numbers and MC Authority

Big step #2 of starting a trucking company, after setting up your business, is applying for your DOT Number and MC Number, aka Operating Authority. You can't do much in trucking without one or both of these numbers. How do you know which one you need or if you need them at all? My buddy Tyler from Motorcarrier HQ and I cover all the basics in this episode. Here are some of subjects we discuss in detail: Most for hire trucking companies will need to apply for an MC Number in order to get...


#2. Business Entities and Taxes

This episode is a deep dive (and I mean deep into the “exciting” world of lawyers and accountants) into the foundation of starting a business. I cover how to set up your business from a legal and tax perspective. As part of this episode you'll hear straight from two experts. Preston Koerner and Chris will go over the legal piece and Jason Grant with Trackin Assets will talk about different tax considerations. In the intro, Craig and I talk about partnerships and trying to determine if a...


#1. Top 5 Questions For New Owners

Welcome to the first episode of the Haulin Assets podcast. In this episode Craig and Chris will cover the 5 things you need to consider when starting a trucking company: We hope this episode gives you some good things to think about and gets you excited about living the American Dream of owning your own business. Visit http://haulinassetsllc.com/ for full shownotes.


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