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Author: That Mother Trucker

How to Be Successful in Hotshot Trucking

Do you want to achieve success as a hotshot owner-operator? There are many ways to do things in hotshot trucking. But here are the two tips that work: 1. Don’t Try to Do Everything Yourself Many people who get into hotshot trucking want to be the driver. But some also want to be the dispatcher. They also want to keep their own books. They don’t want to use factoring companies. They don’t want to use brokers. They try to do all of this. And when it’s time to pay the bills, they realize they don’t have enough money. The...

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How To Start Hotshot Trucking: Getting Your Own Authority

Hotshot YouTuber Load Mizer once made a video to help everyone understand the steps and the processes involved in what you may need to do based on where you live, in order to get your own authority to start your own operation. These are the things that you’re going to have to go through in order to make that happen: 1. Talk to an Accountant “Find an accountant close to you, in your state that deals with truck drivers. Not exclusively, but make sure they know what they’re doing when it comes to the truck industry. It doesn’t matter...

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Why Hotshot Trucking is NOT Just a Stepping Stone to Get Into a Semi

Is hot shot trucking just a stepping stone to get into a semi? We’ve seen that a lot with other YouTubers and just people in the industry. That might work for some. If you could get into hotshotting for a little less startup cost and then work into a semi, that might not be a bad route. But not everyone agrees that bigger is always better. For example, David Shepard from the Humble Hotshot YouTube channel strongly disagrees with the notion that hotshotting is just a stepping stone to get into semis. In this article, we will discuss some...

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Is This the End of Hotshot Trucking?

Is hotshot still worth it? Freight on the load board is like a roller coaster. It goes up, and it goes down. The rates have been cheap. It has been rough. Perhaps it’s because it’s the beginning of the year. But towards the end of winter, right before the spring, it starts to pick back up. So is it over? Is it done? Is it still worth it? Here are the pros and cons of hotshot trucking: Let’s start with the cons. The Cons of Hotshot Trucking 1. The rates are really cheap. This has been the case for...

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The Only Business Plan Your Hotshot Really Needs

Do you really need a business plan? You’ve probably heard people say, “Write up a business plan.” Most are well meaning, but some might be inferring you’re dumb and don’t know how to run a business without one. But the truth is, there are successful hotshot operators who don’t have a formal business plan. Sure, they’ve learned along the way and figured stuff out. They’ve done some things wrong and have grown from it. But for the most part, a “business plan” is useless. A Formal “Business Plan” is Mostly Impractical What do we mean by that? You know…...

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