How to Start a Trucking Business?

Many entrepreneurs have realized that transporting goods from one place to another can be a very profitable venture. Trucking is a lucrative industry that generates up to $346 billion in annual gross profits in the United States alone.

Trucking businesses have therefore flourished because of the necessity for trucking services in moving food and consumer goods. If you are planning to get into the trucking business, it is important that you know basic things about operating a trucking business.

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This is for reason that the trucking services business is a highly competitive industry and starting a trucking business without any prior knowledge about the business can have undesirable results. Here are some of the things that you need to know when starting a trucking broker business:

Start-up capital and operation

Your start up capital for a trucking industry business will depend on how you intend to operate your business particularly the trucking operations and equipment. Trucking business operators have the option to purchase or lease their own trucks or hire subcontractors who own and operate their own trucks.

The former would require a large investment because of the considerable cost of buying or leasing trucking vehicles. Generally it is advised that entrepreneurs who are looking at the trucking industry for investment must have at least $10,000 in capital. This investment can be easily recouped though because trucking transportation businesses reportedly earn income of at least $50,000 in a year.

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Trucking business clients

Targeted market for a trucking business includes people and business organizations that manufacture, sell and distribute goods and materials. Getting big companies to work with you will be difficult though if your trucking company is just starting up and your trucking transport business has limited coverage. It is therefore important that you look for alternative potential clients which can include small business operators that are participating in trade shows to showcase their goods and products. These clients need trucking services when moving their goods from one location to another.

Marketing your trucking business

You can increase the number of clients who avail of your trucking services by advertising your trucking freight business. You may, for example, post ads in trade magazines where prospective clients are able to find them. You can also offer better rates than other trucking businesses and highlight your special rates when sending brochures to potential customers. Word of mouth remains to be helpful so take the opportunity to provide the best service to your clients as this can help spread the word about the excellent trucking services that you offer.

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664 Comments

  • Corey said on June 12, 2008
    I have had a cdl since 2000 and i have an EIN, i want to get a semi so i need to know how to put in bids, who to contact, how to get long term contracts, are gov't contracts available to haul, should i get the truck before i have a bid and who has the best insurance rates for commercial big trucks? ? I have not been on the road in a few years but i have driven trucks and willing to take test or refreshing coarse if it is required.
  • jose said on October 14, 2008
    I have a cdl and i am interested in starting up my own trucking company I don't know where to start how do I pick up clients i am in the same position as corey above.
  • Glenn  said on October 24, 2008
    I WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO START A SMALL TRUCKING COMPANY WITH 10 TRUCK.
  • Scott said on January 1, 2009
    I own 2 Bobtails and I'am interested in starting a delivery service or LTL business, is this a good idea.
  • Levi said on February 17, 2009
    I would like to buy a semi for the purpose of hauling an end dump trailer and leasing on with a broker. I did this before but I didn't do all of the necessary steps and ultimately didn't make it. I would like to know what are the necessary steps for this type of operation. It is all local hauling and I have a broker that will keep me busy all I need to know is the proper filings and steps to take. I will not need my own authority because I will run under the brokers but I will need my own DOT number. I had my own before but will it be any good anymore since it has been 4 years since my business has been active
  • John said on March 16, 2009
    I've been an owner operator for the last 12 years, specializing in in-home deliveries. I'm tired of making other people all the money and being treated like a second class person. I believe that as a driver I have been taken advantage of for far to long. I would like to start my own delivery service but have no clue how to break into this secret club. I've tried in the past and was successful for a short period of time until the contract was taken over by a larger known service. It has been an enormous struggle to remain positive about the business that I love. I hope that I can get some really good advice about what to do.
  • BIG  said on March 19, 2009
    I'VE BEEN A UPS FEEDER DRIVER FOR 13 YRS AND I WANT TO START MY OWN TRUCKING COMPANY AS SOLE PROPRIETOR THEN LATER ON EXPANDING. I JUST NEED TO KNOW THE STEPS FROM SCRATCH. I WILL BE LEASING STRAIGHT TRUCKS FROM RENTAL COMPANIES STARTING OUT. I REALLY NEED SOME GOOD ADVICE ON HOW TO GET STARTED, THE STEPS
  • charm said on April 6, 2009
    I want to start a small trucking company locally in south africa kzn. i need some advise, where can i purchase an erf truck that is less than fifty thousand rand and contracts to get jobs? i want the truck to work at the durban harbour delivering containers. please help.
  • Tyler (American International Transportation) said on April 6, 2009
    We are always looking for truck drivers that provide excellent service to our customers and clients. If you ever need loads feel free to contact us: tyler@americaninternationaltransportion.com
    We work with our clients to obtain the best possible rates for our owner operators. If you are interested feel free to contact.
  • gabariel sefala said on April 19, 2009
    hi! I'm interested in starting a new trucking business in South Africa. I don't know where to start. Is there any reading material that you can recommend or anyone I can contact? Thank you.
  • James expert adviser said on April 19, 2009
    @Gabariel, What is your investment amount? How big is your company gonna be? Is that you want to start with 1-2 trucks or more? You need to provide more information on this in order to advice you more.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • drew daugherty said on April 22, 2009
    how much will it cost to start a small trucking company in the country?
  • CATHY ADAMS said on April 27, 2009
    I WOULD LIKE TO BUY MY OWN TRUCK HOW CAN I GET A GRANT TO BUY MY OWN TRUCK, I ALREADY HAVE A PLACE TO PUT THE TRUCK.
  • Chris said on May 2, 2009
    I live in a place where the closest trucking company is an hour away, there is a big demand here where I live and I have a class A. I need more info on the best way to get a company of maybe a few straight trucks going. Thank you,
  • Michael said on May 2, 2009
    I am trying to buy a truck to start my own business. I keep running into snags, because no one is loaning money for the transportation businesses. I am looking low price trucks, but don't want to get to old so I can make money not spend money. I have located a 1999 Freight liner that is in grate condition and would be a dependable first truck. I need 13,500 dollars to get started, can you help me?
  • Ezekiek said on May 5, 2009
    i also want to start a trucking business, and i need your advice please, because i am interested in business.
  • badhabit said on May 11, 2009
    I've had my cdl's for 24 years & i'm tired of making someone else richer. I want to start my own trucking company for my family, how do i get started. where do i start?
  • Curtis said on May 19, 2009
    I am also wanting to start my own business by being an owner operator. I have my class A and am tired of working for other people. I am starting from scratch and need to know what all I need to get started. Need to know the do's and dont's.
  • mfundo said on May 20, 2009
    I am looking at what options I have in starting a trucking company in terms of the finance and ownership, how do I go about securing contracts with other companies?
  • pawel said on June 1, 2009
    I have a 32 tons tipper and i would like to know how can i use this truck. If someone could offer me a good contract. If you have any good proposition for me and for you please reply on my email. pawelkowalonek@yahoo.com
  • A Cody said on June 16, 2009
    How would, I start my on LTL delivery company What should I focus on doing to get contracts. What materials should I read or better yet what company provides materials for start up owner?
  • Nkosinathi said on June 25, 2009
    I need information on the following issue. How to start a trucking business? Basics on how to secure contracts? How to secure start up capital? I will appreciate if i can get the information as soon as possible.
  • D Steele said on July 7, 2009
    Could I get the same information forwarded to Nkosinathi -above. I want to look into starting trucking company with my own authority, thanks
  • TR said on July 10, 2009
    I'm wondering if someone might be able to provide some tips on running a trucking company. My husband & father in law are currently running a small one but struggle daily with trying to keep from having to shut it down, finding good & reliable drivers, and they also do the maintenance on the trucks themselves. Even with all of their hard 24/7 work, they just can't seem to find an operation that works for them. I would appreciate any tips & suggestions available. I would just like to see their hard work pay off! Thanks!
  • Geoffrey said on July 11, 2009
    Hi, i'm 18 years old...leaving in philadelphia, PA. i was wondering can i get some great advice how to start my own trucking business in the future, Basics on how to secure contracts? How to secure start up capital? how much would it cost me to start at least with 5 to 8 trucks and i really need every little details so i can start. I will appreciate if i can get the information as soon as possible please and thank you!!!!.
  • James expert adviser said on July 11, 2009
    @Geoffrey, you are just 18 so you have lots of time to gather information and save money for this business. Never forget this business is really a tedious one. For your knowledge, there are various sizes of trucks and the rate varies with that. To start with you can also think of used or lease trucks because they will reduce your investment. It is also good to start with lower number of trucks like 1-2. Good luck....

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • calvin beginner adviser said on July 15, 2009
    geoffrey, i can say this it takes someone with a lot of heart to travel up and down these roads every day and its really hard when you got a family at home... wait till you are 21 yrs old and go be a company driver first. keep your eyes on the fuel prices. you will learn the in and outs of being on the road. your dispatcher can make you break sometimes, you just have to know when it is your breaking point out on the road and you need sleep. i don't care what load is on me when i get sleepy i stop that truck because there is nothing in that box that's worth more to me than not being able to go home and see wife and kids again... i haven't been late on a load and don't plan to be... good luck i'm just stating out on o/o side and its hard. it's all about how you spend your money and on what because when you become a o/o every penny counts. build you a business plan and stick to it and try to eat out of your truck. i know the women are hot and the foods good but it wont do anything for your business... good luck and be safe and keep this in mind "keep the shiny side up and the rubber down"

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  • Jason beginner adviser said on July 19, 2009
    I have seen several posts regarding starting up your own trucking business, it seems that most people overlook a lot of the start up costs. First you will need equipment such as trucks, trailers, load securement devices, a dependable cell phone service. You will also need to look at acquiring your own cargo insurance, tractor/trailer insurance, cargo insurance often times requires a $10,000 payment for the required amount of coverage. You will also need to acquire your own authority/DOT/MCC registration, as well as setting aside the proper amount of overhead (operating expense) to hold you over for 30-90 days. Many of your customers do not pay for services for up to 3 months after you have provided a service for them, not to mention you need to cover yourself in case of a breakdown, etc. If you are on a time sensitive load of perishables for example and your equipment breaks down, you could end up being stuck responsible for the load as they may not accept it after a set amount of time. This could be a major setback and you need to be prepared for it. Be prepared to set aside as much as 40% of your gross earnings for taxes, etc. Planning is really the key, and not expanding the size of your company too quickly, it's always tempting to expand as quickly as your freight options expand but it's not always a good idea because as quickly as those freight options expanded they could dry up while you are left holding the note on a lot of equipment/payroll/etc.

    acemn232@yahoo.com || Transportation Business Consultant

  • John munene kabuitu said on July 23, 2009
    my story is different, have done enough research on truck business, my dilemma is how do i finance this business, i have all the knowledge but am honestly stuck.
  • Howard Matthews said on July 23, 2009
    I want to start a trucking company with one truck. I want to know the first step in starting a the company.
  • James expert adviser said on July 24, 2009
    @Howard Matthews, I need to know few things before answering your question. Which state are you in? Are you going to drive or you gonna hire a driver?

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Marvin said on August 4, 2009
    How much does it cost to start a trucking company and whats the minimum trucks you can start with in South-Africa?
  • Nhlanhla said on August 13, 2009
    I'm interested in starting my own trucking business. I need financial & long term contract assistance, so where and how do i get started?
  • NKOSA said on August 19, 2009
    I HAVE RECENTLY REGISTERED WITH CIPRO AND WOULD LIKE TO VENTURE IN GOOD TRANSPORTING BUSINESS BECAUSE I SAW THE GREAT POTENTIAL IN THIS BUSINESS. I HAVE DOWNLOADED SOME FORMS FROM NEF FOR FUNDING, BUT I AM EMERGING BUSINESS WITH PROJECT CASH FLOW, BALANCE SHEET AND INCOME STATEMENTS I NEED SOME ASSISTANCE SINCE I DON'T HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN ON STARTING MY BUSINESS.
  • lekanka pheeha said on August 24, 2009
    i am as well clueless, i want to start a trucking company. i have got only R25000 invested please advice me on what to do. very serious
  • may machaba said on August 26, 2009
    am third year student who would like to have partner and start their own trucking company because i have potential and i believe i can put too much hard work in making the business successful, because i have done my research. anyone out there who can help please contact me on 0739089104
  • zaahid said on August 29, 2009
    i want to get into the trucking business with a contract with a mine. please send me full details on how to go about it. thank you
  • NOMBULELO Ntshiba said on September 3, 2009
    I would like to start a trucking business. I need to know what steps should I take to establish this.
  • kenneth said on September 9, 2009
    I want to start my own business with one truck. Where do I began? Could I secure grant to cover start up cost?
  • mick said on September 15, 2009
    I'm interested in starting my own trucking business in South Africa. How do I get started? Is there anyone out there who can assist with a contract or subcontract for beginners in the industry, people who can actually help you to grow your business.
  • william said on September 28, 2009
    I am looking for 10m3 tipper but is hard to get finance even if i have deposit. Please help with advices and connections.
  • chris said on October 8, 2009
    I need to know if I need a DOT number to drive locally in SC? My haul will be within 100 miles of my location.
  • Eddie said on October 19, 2009
    I want to start a trucking company in rustenburg with one truck. I am not going to drive myself.
  • Alex Walton said on October 19, 2009
    I would like to start my own trucking business but I do not know how to go about getting my start up cost. I would be the only driver therefore I only need one truck. Where do I begin?
  • cedric said on October 28, 2009
    i'm interested in starting my own trucking business do anyone have advices
  • naren said on October 31, 2009
    i want to start up my own trucking company and i need all the help and advise i can get. i want to start small and grow from there please help me. 651 500 1541
  • Skheto said on November 3, 2009
    I would like to start a trucking business i have R50,000. Please advise on how to get a contract.
  • some answers beginner adviser said on November 4, 2009
    My husband and I currently checking into purchasing a truck and starting a business. The first of course is to have your CDL. We have contacted insurance companies who want 2 months of payments down which is ranging from $1100-$1300 a month. I have figured we would need a month of gas money saved which is about $5200. Then you figure to tag the truck yearly. Now my husband is leasing on to someone and he will get 90% of the pay from the runs. We found a truck we are purchasing from an individual we know which happens to be the truck my husband currently drives. So we pretty much know the costs. Plus you have to factor in toll costs, repairs, and of course your taxes. I would advise talking to someone who is in the business local to you, but runs a small trucking business. Learn the ropes from someone reliable. Then look at someone who has made mistakes. We are doing just that. We are going to go slow with starting with the leasing on, then gradually work into my husband getting his own authority and broker's license then leasing on other trucks. Now this will not work for everyone, but the best thing I can tell you is research and ask questions of your local companies. Every area is different.

    Trucking Business Adviser

  • tshepo said on November 5, 2009
    me and my business partners have a registered trucking company here in South Africa and we have managed to secure a five year 10m3 tipper truck contract at a reputable contractor. however we lack start up capital and deposit. please help. . Email me at bhslick@hotmail.com
  • thato said on November 11, 2009
    i am student but i i am very interested in starting a trucking business and don't know how to go about starting it up. how do i get a legit driver, the start up capital, basically showing me the ropes on how to operate my business successfully
  • toddm said on November 17, 2009
    Why don't all of you asking for someone to tell you "how to" go drive a truck and learn from the bottom up. Read and learn. If you have to ask "how" on this site, you will never make it. Who will be there to tell you "how" when the first problem comes up?
  • Paballo said on November 18, 2009
    i am in south africa, johannesburg in palm springs and i want to know how can i lease my panel van business and how should i start leasing panel vans. i want to start my own business and i don't know how to start such a business and if i buy panel vans will i get contracts for them? please help me to know where to start
  • cb said on November 20, 2009
    i am in houston, tx, united states. a friend and i are considering buying a truck. he has a CDL, i do not. he will be the driver i will just be the investor. we are trying to do this the right way and are searching for advice, help all that we can get before we do anything. thank you.
  • Jose beginner adviser said on November 21, 2009
    Hi cb, I have a trucking company in Houston, Tx and I'm looking for owner operators. Please call me so we can discuss what you need to get started. 281-785-4461

    281-785-4461 || Trucking Business Owner

  • clem said on November 21, 2009
    Aurora IL. United States. I am working on my CDL now in the Chicagoland area. What I am looking to do is, one; to drive for a year to get the experience before purchasing a truck, I then would like move to Texas and hire a driver. Then in time maybe purchase another truck and hire another driver. The question is, owning a truck and hiring a driver instead of one driving it, can that still be profitable? Also, I have a three year old DUI how or where can I find an opportunity to start driving.
  • MECO said on November 27, 2009
    I WANT TO START A SMALL SAFE TRUCKING COMPANY BUSINESS OUT OF ATLANTA GEORGIA AND I AM LOOKING FOR BUSINESS PARTNERS.
  • Scelo said on November 30, 2009
    I am looking for a side tipper truck to rent from Rastenburg to Durban can anyone assist herein. Regards, Scelo
  • Ntombieh said on November 30, 2009
    Hii, i am from South Africa, Durban. I've done my research & all i need now is company names and no's to assist me with getting 8 tonne truck for lease. Later am looking at buying. I know that busines is not easy & rosy as we all think & hope. But hard work and determination will take you there, never give up. Am glad 2 c so many ppl in this site. Gud luck 2 all!!! I have a driver already & a contract. My email add: ntombieh2@webmail.co.za. Thanx 4 such wonderful informative site
  • LeDana McGee said on December 1, 2009
    I am currently in Tyler, TX, and I am seeking to help a family member start his own trucking company. He already has the truck and trailor, DOT number, and insurance, but needs contracts so that he can start making money in order to save money to become an owner/operator. Please email back with suggestions or contract information.
  • zibuyile chiya said on December 2, 2009
    i want to start a small trucking business company but i don't know where to start. i'm in durban. please help.
  • nomfundo said on December 4, 2009
    i have registered a cc, done my homework regarding learning about the business, now how do i go about getting contracts from other companies???? Please give me suggestions as much as possible, I'm in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Azra said on December 12, 2009
    I really need help!!!!! We are opening a small trucking company. So far we have the MCDOT, BOC-3, UCR, MC# for the truck and broker authority. Now I do not know what else we need. We are located in Michigan, and will be dealing with all 48 states. What else do we need to get. I understand we need a truck and insurance on it. But is there anything else we need to complete this. I am not sure how the IFTA tax works also. Please I really need any information. Also, how do I start looking for loads....any specific website. As of right now we will start with one truck and service owner operators. Thank You
  • Jessie Mand beginner adviser said on December 26, 2009
    One reason people fail in this line of work is because they don't know how to treat the drivers. Another reason is there Lack of will power drivers are not stupid we know how much loads Pay what the going. Rate is and if I don't get it I'm going To take it and you will be without a truck. Broker cheat me I through there load out along the highway. Where drivers our Friends are drivers so don't mess with the driver and you Will be very successful. WE do all the work and make you money But we can also bring you down

    Trucking Business Adviser

  • Jessie Mand beginner adviser said on December 26, 2009
    I've been a driver for ten years. You should first drive for someone to see if you can even stand it. The rush the long work hours the stuff you have to put up with its cheaper to buy a cb radio listen to it. Talk on it and you will understand. There's fighting with the broker. The dispatch for rushing you jumpers for taking so dam long and depending on if you haul produce the inspector for rejecting your load the dot for inspecting you and wasting your whole day. The fast food lines traffic in new york, tolls, clearance on where you can and cannot drive If your new stay away from new york otherwise have a tow truck ready. Being a driver can also be cool because of the Times you have to yourself. I go home one time a month for two days I work for my family. I like my job I wouldn't recommend it for some Cry baby I'm a woman but more than a man

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  • michael said on December 29, 2009
    how can i get a contract as a subcontractor in trucking i want to start a trucking business may local for starters. i'm in cape town
  • NUTAN DAS said on December 31, 2009
    i am nutan das. i want to start a business. i am from INDIA, WEST BENGAL, KOLKATA.
  • mohammed hoosen khan beginner adviser said on January 7, 2010
    im based in durban, south africa. i have a very lucrative transport business running for 4 years. 2 horse trucks and 2 tri axle trailers. i have excellent contracts. i am now looking to sell outright or a partner. contact mohammed 0828924741.

    info@shoukatulislam.co.za || Trucking Business Adviser

  • mohammed hoosen khan beginner adviser said on January 7, 2010
    could the people of above numbers 75,68,51,39,41,n 12 contact me on 0828924741 or email me on info@shoukatulislam.co.za their email address so that we can discuss further options. thanks. mohammed

    info@shoukatulislam.co.za || Trucking Business Adviser

  • SOUTHERN GIRL said on January 9, 2010
    CAIRO, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES(SOUTHEAST). ME, MY DAD AND BROTHER ARE WANTING TO START A TRUCKING BUSINESS WITH MY BROTHER DOING THE DRIVING. FIRST OF ALL DO YOU THINK THIS IS A WISE DECISION? WE DO NOT WANT TO START OUT WITH THE BEST AND MAYBE WITH 1-2 TRUCKS, PLEASE ADVISE ME OF WHICH WAY TO START AND INFO TO READ. WHICH HAULING WOULD BE THE MOST PROFITABLE, HE HAS HAULED FUEL, DRIED GOODS, AND REEFER!! PLEASE HELP A SOUTHERN GIRL GET STARTED....
  • M.Mchako said on January 10, 2010
    I am interested in a food transportation business at Qacha's nek at Lesotho, how do I go about financing this business.
  • DukeFrage said on January 10, 2010
    Ive been a truck driver for 20 years. I'm looking into starting my own specialized transport company. I lack the finances. Can anyone help me with government loans. I'm sure there are some out there.
  • Mfolwe said on January 11, 2010
    I would like to start my own trucking business but i lack the resources and the ideas of starting up my own business. Will someone come forward to start a partnership cos am living in country where there is a lot of business.I have a registered company only looking for partner with the knowledge of running a trucking business. Botswana, Southern Africa
  • bafenyi said on January 12, 2010
    i am currently studying i was just asking is it possible to hire trucks head 2 company like abi eg sab an coke company. ill also like 2 have a logistics company especially to transport cars, i just need your advice thanx taking me into consideration
  • Percy said on January 17, 2010
    Hi, i'm a 20yr old student and currently doing my 2nd year in varsity and i've been doing my research about starting a transporting business. all i want is how to get the capital required and how to secure my business so as to gain long term contracts.
  • nkosana ntlati said on January 21, 2010
    hi i am 31yr old and i have already being registered a company name and the clearance certificate of sars. i want to start truck business so i dont have enough money to start. i was at fdc; firstly they want to know that do i have sub contract where the truck will work. so i dont have sub contract to find can u please help me with contract so that i can be funded. my numbers 0836849956.
  • tumi said on January 23, 2010
    hi, i am currently doing my business plan on truck business but i am stuck and i need guidance on how to complete the business plan. anybody with the knowledge and skill may you please assist
  • franklin staley said on January 24, 2010
    i am interested in trucking business and i have one. jashrana transport llc charlotte, nc, us
  • natasha said on January 25, 2010
    i live in tanzania in a city called dar es salaam me and my husband we run a trucking company of supplying fuel to neighboring countries my question is how many workers do i need(not the drivers but on documentation side ) and how to divide their responsibilities. please help me as i have no idea how to manage my employees
  • makudula said on January 25, 2010
    I am interested in a trucking business but l don't know who will finance me if I don't have security as I will be a beginner.
  • kenneth said on January 25, 2010
    i live in capetown and i would like to start trucking business, i do not need funding at this stage, i just need to know if it is easy to get a contract.
  • Ken said on January 28, 2010
    Hello All, I Live in Abilene Tx. A friend and I are starting our own business, Both of us will be driving, 2 trucks, Just wondering where the contracts would be and which platform would be the best, (ie..Drybox vs. Flatbed vs. reefer.) Most of my experience is in the Temperature controlled area. Some flatbed exp. and at least 3 years of Dryvan Hauling. Between the 2 of us there are almost 40 yrs. of experience. Looking for contracts, possibly Government and Military hauling and supply. Thanks, Nighthawk
  • Greg said on January 28, 2010
    I am from central texas, my question is how to put together a business plan that can grant me the type of loan that I need to get started. Thank you.
  • Mushangwe said on January 31, 2010
    We have a transport business in Zimbabwe we were wondering, if there is anyone out there who can help us go international?
  • Lesego said on February 6, 2010
    Mafikeng, North West, South Africa. I have the capital, dont know how to do a business plan, the fundamentals of registering my company name and all the permits. Pls help!
  • Lushen said on February 8, 2010
    Hi there, I really want to start a trucking business and want to know how much would it cost to actually start a company like this. I managed to save up about R75000.00 and want to know if that money is sufficient enough to at least get started. Please advise. Thanks
  • thandi makubo said on February 10, 2010
    hi, am thandi in palm springs, south africa, can paballo plz email or call me on 0785462258. I would like to have an experienced driver to talk about the trucking business as i think they are more knowledgeable about the business.
  • vishal said on February 15, 2010
    hi, actually i want to start trucking business in india state maharashtra city mumbai. but i dont have that much capital. how can loan would be possible from any bank. i have an idea how can start business. my number is 9773202733.
  • Mendi beginner adviser said on February 16, 2010
    Hi, can nos 79 & 92 contact me urgently, I have fleet of trucks and right now need jobs for 15 flatdecks, only need principal contract owners not brokers or chancers. My piece of advise to everyone: please be careful, this is a very risky business with lots of fraudsters, brokers lie and claim to have contracts whilst transporters become greedy and want to bypass brokers, good luck to all, I must say the risk is worth taking. my nos are 083 8858 415

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  • omesh said on February 16, 2010
    hi i m from Johannesburg, i had my own transport business but had some issues and lost it. I want to get back in the business would like to know how i go about it i don't have the finance to, but got the knowledge and know the rights from wrongs now. Please help!!
  • J.M. Legora said on February 17, 2010
    I have a registered company and I would like to pursue business in logistical trucking. I have deposit to put in truck purchasing but the banks are reluctant to finance me to get a truck. They said since my company was registered wef 2006, the company was dormant as such they can not finance. Kindly assist.
  • Melissa Wiseman said on February 18, 2010
    Wiseman Transportation, Sioux City, Iowa: United States of America I have my EIN # and my husband is the driver. I need the same information as the above. Where do we start. We have a truck, lease to own, but the engine blew. We now need capital to pay off the truck and start over. Where do I start.
  • R.R.A. said on February 23, 2010
    I have been driving truck for others for about 7 years and am interested in becoming an owner operator. I have my business plans, costs and other start up issues relatively figured out. I need help with finding the Hauling. I have always hauled agriculture and forestry products which in that field mother nature determines when you work. I am looking for hauling in MD and the surrounding states ( DE,PA,NY,VA,WV,NC,NJ ). I would like to be home every night but would consider any type of freight. Any leads, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  • S.M.P beginner adviser said on February 27, 2010
    Responding to R.R.A: If you want to be home every night and be an owner operator, you might look into a day cab and higher under construction companies, Budwieser, bread distributors, etc. Everyone else in retail will want OTR.

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  • Adrian Azuara said on March 3, 2010
    Hi, I'm dump truck (tandem, hauling sand, dirt, gravel, etc.) owner operator in Dallas, TX. And I have been a sub-contractor for many companies but they pay what they want, anyways, what i like to know is how to approach to a company and offer them my services and get a bigger piece of cake, since i pay for my insurance and fuel i dont make enough money as its supposed to be, Any one with any ideas please let me know, thanks, Best regards, ADRIAN
  • Smooth operator said on March 8, 2010
    Hello! My name is Andre'. I am interested in starting my own business and would like to do so when I can save enough capital to operate. I have the connections and some know how and can operate my own equipment. I prefer refrigerated but would also do dry van. I guess what I am trying to say first of all is that I need a job in order to get to this point. I am willing to work with someone in a cost efficient manner in order to get both of us going in a good and clean direction. I have my class A Cdl and live in Durham NC. Nowhere in the US is to far! Will someone be willing to take a chance?? My background is not so perfect but I am carved out for success in Trucking!!! My email address is bigcountryshiway@yahoo.com or I can be reached on my cell @ 571-921-6768. Thank you and may God bless you all in your endeavors!!
  • Basil said on March 11, 2010
    Hello! My name is Basil and i would like to start a trucking business, I have registered a close corporation already, I would like to know, how do i get long term contracts with big companies?
  • jack derousse said on March 17, 2010
    i need to start my own trucking business because i'm unemployed and i have a son who is autistic and when the money isnt coming in i cant buy him any thing how can i start one quick sign jack derousse
  • Jim Turner beginner adviser said on March 22, 2010
    We are a canadian trucking company that services all of North America by road. We also serve the entire world through our global contacts with air and sea. If any trucking company is looking for loads or advise please give us a call; J J Transport Inc 100-9200 Van Horne Way, Richmond BC V6X 1W3, (O)604-521-1105 (F) 604-521-1106

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  • cecilia said on March 24, 2010
    hi, i'm from johannesburg. i want to start my own trucking business and i don't have money to start the business or the contract, would you please assist me.
  • Louise Clarisse said on March 25, 2010
    We want to start a trucking business and need help as to how we go about this business

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