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SMART Industry – Trucking and Transportation

By David S. Chang

While no-one can predict the future, there are some industries that, based on current models, will be needed even more than they are now. Transportation is one such example. With the world getting smaller every day, there will be an increase in the need for logistic companies in the coming years. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested tips that’ll help to push you towards trucking company success. 


Determining The Business Type

Just having a sense of the sector you would like to operate in is not enough. It will also be necessary to determine what form your business will take. There are many kinds of legal frameworks that a business may follow, and it is important to know what they are and how they differ.

In some circumstances, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) might be best, whereas in others an S-Corp may be more suitable. These types create differences in how you operate the business, from tax and expenses to licensing, and even hiring employees. As such, it is vital that you thoroughly research the matter beforehand.


Find Your Niche

One way to get ahead is to stand out from the crowd. Instead of trying to appeal to anyone and everyone that has transport needs, you can become the go-to company for one particular niche. You might focus on transport to one particular region, or one specific item, such as cars or medical suppliers. You may wish to offer more general services, too, but it’ll be your niche offering that you should focus on.


Complying With The Law

Because of the nature of the transportation sector, there are considerable laws you must adhere to. Failure to do so can quickly result in fines or worse yet, having to close the business. It is essential that you understand the legal aspects of the transportation industry, any licenses which you might need, local or national, and any other requirements. You may need to get an MVR check on all individuals who are to drive a vehicle. Finally, insurance is unavoidable, and in most places a legal necessity.


Sourcing the Right Equipment and Vehicles

The kind of vehicles you need to source will obviously depend on the nature of the business itself. A large-scale trucking company will need to find good quality trucks, whereas a taxi company needs to get hold of a fleet of taxis. Regardless of the type of vehicle you require, you must allow yourself plenty of time to get hold of vehicles that are of decent quality and dependability. Quality is vital for the safety of your people, as well as the longevity of the business. Allowing yourself the opportunity to shop around, as it were, will prove useful in the long run.


Figure Out The Finances 

It’s true that transportation is going to be big in the coming years, but it’s important to remember that the costs attached to this industry are high. As such, when you’re in the trucking business, it is important that you have a firm grip on the financial side of things. You’ll need to strike the right balance between offering a competitive price and earning enough money to cover your bills and generate a profit. 


Get the Right Tools

Transport and logistics are complicated. In-house teams can’t handle the complexities of making everything run on schedule within budget. To make your business as watertight as possible, it’s important that you have the right tools in your arsenal.

There are online logistics management systems for the transportation industry that’ll help you to stay on top of your jobs, for example. This will also make it easier for you to provide regular updates for the receiver of your goods, which will, in turn, boost the quality of your customer service


Experienced Staff

Everything’s easier when you have experienced staff on your team, and especially when it comes to transportation. Your employees will be in charge of expensive equipment, and it’ll also be them who are responsible for your goods arriving on time. When the margins between success and failure are so tight, it might just be an experienced team of staff that makes all the difference. You will want to have insurance coverage, however, to ensure you’re protected just in case something goes wrong. 

Take the tips above, and you’ll be on your way to success in the transportation industry. 

David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant ArtofThinkingSmart.com | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!

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