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Business Models – Business Plans

All good businesses are built on a firm foundation. A good foundation will support changes and growth. A good foundation will allow for shifts in business, such as gaining and losing customers and employees.  By providing a good foundation and a solid business plan, you need not fear losing that one all important customer or […]

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Business Models – Setting Standards

Have you ever experienced the frustration of contacting a vendor or customer and be told something like: “Mary is on vacation, you will have to wait until she gets back next week.”  No part of your business should ever be postponed due to one person’s absence! What on earth will they do if Mary never […]

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Business Models – Shorter Work Weeks.

I think we can all agree that with the amount of wealth in this country and the technology we have today, there is not a real good reason that we need to work 40-45 hours per week to get the job done. Just think how much of a moral boost it would be to announce […]

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Business Models – “Think outside the box”

When consulting a flat bed carrier this week I once again was hearing a combination of ‘driver failures’ along with the same concern of ‘driver retention’ . Here is the complaint from their drivers: They were sent from their home terminal to a yard three hours away to pick up loads going to a location […]

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Budgeting 101 – Using Budgets to Set Goals.

I have created budgets and projections so many times, only to have them simply reviewed and that is where it will stop. Just like all plans, you need to put them into action.  Turning projections into reality requires a well orchestrated group.  Each employee must  understand their part in the production and their direct goals.  You […]

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Going Paperless – Just take a picture!

Not too long ago, the only way you could collect money for your freight moves, was to provide the original BOL. That was always the standard rule. ORIGINAL BILLS OF LADING! If by chance that original bill of lading was lost, you had to supply a CERTIFIED COPY.  For that reason, the original bills of […]

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Business Models – Letting go so you can grow

The majority of companies that seek professional consultants have one primary wish.  They wish to grow. Many times, past attempts to grow didn’t  work as well as they expected. Remember that: “a goal without a plan, is just a wish”! Owners take different approaches to growth.  Buying more trucks, moving to bigger facilities, committing to new […]

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Business Models – Working well with others.

In today’s market, many asset based trucking companies are being offered more freight than they have equipment available to move it.  A common solution for this ‘problem’, is to have or work closely with, a brokerage company to compliment the asset based company in providing a full service to the end customer.  There are many […]

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Tips and Tricks – Plan your work and work your plan.

My partner and I frequently share wisdom our parents have imparted to us through the years and these ‘teachings’ frequently start with the phrase “My Mama Said…..”.  Today I want to share one with you. My Mama said, “Plan you work and work your plan.” I have been doing a lot of consulting recently. This […]

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Legal Requirements 101 – Worker’s Comp Insurance.

Accidents happen.  No matter how well we plan, how well we train, and how well we remain alert, accidents happen. We have discussed insurance that covers the general public, your customer’s products and your revenue producing equipment.  But what about your drivers and other employees?  Whether they be drivers on the road, mechanics in the […]

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