Starting Your Own Trucking Company
Updated: Mar 16
The trucking industry is what keeps this country moving. Over 70% of freight is transported by more than 800,000 truck drivers, shipping over $700 billion in goods across the United States. With e-commerce on the rise, the demand for truck transportation will continue to grow, creating significant potential for profit in becoming a truck company owner, and getting into the transportation industry.
Being successful in the trucking industry comes down to more than just knowing how to drive a truck. It comes down to understanding all the minor details and running a trucking company as well. Whether you've been driving a truck for 10 years or you're new to the industry, but aren't sure about all the minor details on running a trucking company, we have you covered!
First of all, you need to plan before you actually get going and start your trucking company. Here are some things to consider while in the planning stage:
What type of equipment will you use?
Do you own a truck already or will you lease or buy one?
How many drivers will you want, if you'll want any?
Form a business entity
There are a few options of business entities you can form. You have the options of Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, and Partnership.
Sole Proprietorship: In this entity, a single person owns and operates the entire company and accepts all its legal responsibilities. The company is taxed on the proprietor's tax return. The main disadvantage of a sole proprietorship is that the owner has to accept all liability personally.
Limited Liability Company (LLC): An LLC has more legal protection than a sole proprietorship or partnership. An LLC is a separate entity from the owner, and any legal action taken against the trucking company comes out the company's assets, not the owners (like a sole proprietorship).
Partnership: When you start a business with another person, you can register it as a partnership. These can be either general or limited partnerships. A general partnership is similar to a sole proprietorship - the owners share all liability. A limited partnership involves more paperwork, but also has more protection.
Become official within the trucking industry
Before you get started, you need to make sure you're in compliance otherwise it'll cost you. There are many different permits and licenses you need to have before you can start your business and get on the road.
What you need:
A legal business structure
Active MC Authority
Compliance: BOC-3, IRP and apportioned plates, IFTA, and UCR
Find loads and get paid
A huge part of your success in the trucking industry is knowing when you're going to get paid. It becomes extremely difficult and inconvenient to wait 30, 60 or 90 days to get paid on a load. The best way to avoid this situation is with quick pays or working with a freight factoring company.
While quick pays can help you out, there are a couple of downfalls. Not all shipper or brokers offer them. So, you would have to find ones that do, which means you could sacrifice a higher paying load. You will also have to keep up with all your payments from different places - this could cause some issues as well.
With freight factoring, you can get paid the same day on all your loads once your broker/shipper has been approved. This allows you time to plan and find the best paying loads, all the while knowing you'll get paid the same day. You will be getting paid from one place, therefore would not have to chase or keep up with multiple different people. You also get additional benefits when you work with a freight factoring company like Porter Billing.
FREE fuel card
Access to a broker database
Freight finding with a dispatch consultant
FREE credit checks
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