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5 Things to Think About Before Becoming an Owner Operator

Posted by Matt Tonkin

    Thu, Jun 23, 2016


A year ago a friend of mine quit his company driver job at a well-known trucking company to become an owner operator. At the time, I thought he was crazy! He was giving up a stable paycheck, a guaranteed run, benefits, and more to follow his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Little did I know, he put a lot of planning and research behind his decision which ultimately helped him become the successful owner operator he is today. Over the weekend he shared his top 5 tips for things to consider before becoming an owner operator with me. 

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HOS: Rules and Exemptions Webinar

Posted by Matt Tonkin

    Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The last in our 3 part series, BigRoad's HOS: Rules and Exemptions webinar covered the basics of staying compliant for OTR drivers. It also covered what the ELD mandate means for complying with hours of service rules.

If you missed the webinar, check out the recording...

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Maximizing Motorcoach Operations Webinar

Posted by Aleksandra Kulik

    Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Last week, BigRoad hosted a webinar all about the motorcoach industry and was joined by two motorcoach experts: Kristine Meinhardt and Randy Howell. The webinar focused on motorcoach operations, the experts' experiences, and what’s coming up with ELD.

If you missed the webinar, check out the recording...

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Load Boards: It’s Just a Click Away

Posted by Stuart Wood

    Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Owner-operators will pull just about anything if the price is right. While finding freight isn’t hard, deciding if a load is worth it takes a lot more skill.

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Learning The Basics On Someone Else’s Dime

Posted by Ed Godfrey

    Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Driving someone else’s truck can help you learn the basics without getting too involved in the business.

As a company driver, you should be opening the hood frequently and learning what everything is that makes the truck go down the road. As a part of your pre-trip inspection, you are required to look for failed components, but how can you know what has failed if you don’t know what you are looking at or what it does.

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Making the Transition to Owner-Operator

Posted by Ed Godfrey

    Wed, May 27, 2015

The transition from being the driver of a company-owned truck to becoming an owner-operator involves understanding what the trucking industry needs. The industry itself is a living, breathing thing and its main focus is on supporting businesses by providing them with the goods they need to run smoothly. As an owner-operator, you will be part of this supply chain and need to understand your customers’ needs.

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Explaining America’s Shortage of Truck Drivers

Posted by Brandon Dimmel

    Tue, Sep 02, 2014

Swift Transportation, the United States' largest carrier, recently saw its stock plummet by eighteen percent in a single day. But the problem doesn't appear to be Swift's business -- instead, the company pointed to the trouble it's facing in finding and keeping drivers.

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Different State, Different Inspection

Posted by Heather Wilson

    Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Have you ever been pulled over by a DOT inspector or a state police officer and been given a citation for something you didn't think you deserved a ticket for? Ever looked at that ticket and thought "I do this same thing every day. No other inspector has given me a ticket for it."

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Truckers Respond to CNBC's "Collision Course" Special

Posted by Colin Lumb

    Tue, Aug 12, 2014

NBC's new four-part "Collision Course" special is making waves both inside and outside the trucking industry. The special, which takes a closer look at trucking regulations, has been condemned by many truckers who feel that CNBC has unfairly targeted their driving practices.

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An Epic Win for BigRoad Users

Posted by Heather Wilson

    Fri, Aug 01, 2014

We're so excited about the new guidance from the FMCSA. It's great news worth celebrating. The July 10th guidance by the FMCSA clarifying just how legal electronic logbooks and electronic signatures are (spoiler: they're extremely legal) has been a long time coming. This is the story of how you made that happen with help from BigRoad staff and some folks in enforcement.

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