What Should New Truck Service Owner-Operators Do?

There’s nothing quite like being in business for yourself. If you’ve been driving for someone else for any amount of time, you may well have dreamt about how incredible it would be to refer to yourself as a truck service owner-operator. No more answering to someone else. You’d be your own boss. Truth be told, there are lots of advantages to a transition such as that.

But before you get your new business up and running, take a look at some tips of the trade we’ve put together from various sources. They could come in handy now and down the line.

Trucks/Trailers Need Maintenance

The statement “trucks and trailers need maintenance” is probably the understatement of the year. Particularly when you consider that you should have a regular maintenance schedule by which you or your mechanic abides. The smart thing to do, before you get your business going, is to secure a truck services provider. Even with the best care, trucks can break down. You want to make sure that you solidify a relationship with someone you can depend on for everything maintenance related.

What’s the Money Situation?

You’ll want to set up an accountant, as well, to initially examine your current financial records, help you with taxes, and attend to future financial obligations and concerns. If you’re lousy with numbers, consider hiring a bookkeeper.

Choose the Right Truck

Whether you become a motor carrier, get a loan and buy your equipment outright, or lease through a third party – the important thing is to pick the right vehicle and to use whichever option works best for you.

Got a Plan?

Your trucking business will need a plan to help you focus your efforts. Look at what types of contracts you’re hoping to set up, how you and the competition differ, and identify your “perfect” customers.

How Healthy Are You?

This may not seem like a big deal, but it can end up being a major factor in the long run. Long days and long nights are required in the trucking industry. The rigors of the road may be too much for someone to handle if they are not in good health. When was the last time you had a physical completed by your physician? Before you dive into business headfirst, it’s a good idea to get checked out.

When you’re out on the road, it’s particularly hard to eat right and get enough exercise. Put together a plan for your business, yes, but put together a plan for eating and exercising while on the road, as well. If you end up having a fleet someday, this should be part of your training and an ongoing topic for discussion and updating during company meetings.

Good health means less downtime due to illness and can even translate into safer drivers. That’s good business.

Mickey Genuine Parts Provides Services

Now let’s go back to that very first point – truck maintenance. Securing a truck services provider can be as easy as contacting one of the professionals at Mickey Genuine Parts. Throughout the United States, we have certified service centers located for your convenience. We also supply parts for those that already have someone to work on their trucks or do the work themselves. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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