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Trucking Owner Operator needs some advice

    • 355 posts
    October 8, 2008 10:49 AM EDT
    Try looking in trade magazines like Outbound Logistics.  Yo might find something in their classifieds.  Also, try running an ad on Craig`s List - Truck for hire.

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    October 15, 2008 1:44 AM EDT
    As an ex trucker ( company driver ) I can relate to a lot of what you`re going through. Is the 200 mile radius a requirement for some special reason? That can be pretty limiting if the available freight doesn`t meet that need. Have you considered leasing into a bigger carrier that has contracts or good amounts of dedicated runs and customers?

    One option besides loadboards, and maybe a little time consuming, is to search for area businesses ( northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan ) that could use flatbed service, and contact them directly, relating why you would be a good option for them to use your service.

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    October 7, 2008 8:12 AM EDT
    Hi,  I`m Ron, a trucker with my own authority running 1 truck. I previously found work off a loadboard until it came to an almost standstill.  Does anyone have any ideas on how I can find shippers (websites ect.) that can use my services. I have a excellent  motor carrier rating, just need help drumming up business. I run a flatbed out of NW Indiana/Chicagoland area and stay within 200 miles. Any help will be greatly appreciated. 
    Thanks.
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    October 8, 2008 4:57 AM EDT
    CraigL,
    Thanks for the info.I`ll try to think of some other uses for my tractor/trailer.Please keep me in mind should you have any other ideas.
     
    Thanks, Ron
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    October 20, 2008 7:39 AM EDT
    It seems that freight is very light all over! the company Gainey Transport here in MI just Defaulted on 238 million dollar note, thought they were a pretty good company. Have you thought about signing with a regional carrier for a bit until the economy turns around? Is the reason for the 200 miles because you don`t have a sleeper? That Craigs list ideas sounded pretty good.

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    August 8, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
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