On The Marc

On the Marc: The Inside Track to the $3/Mile

On the Marc: The Inside Track to the $3/Mile

We truck drivers have a lot of thinkin’ time. Some fantasize about the future (or other stuff), some reflect on the past, and others sort out the day in front of them. I used to think about all of the above.  But I quickly I realized that I could better…Read more

On the Marc: Easy Steps to Getting Insurance and Not Overpaying

On the Marc: Easy Steps to Getting Insurance and Not Overpaying

In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that getting into trucking – just like with any new business – is going to cost you some money. Obtaining the right insurance is one of those hard costs you need to anticipate. Operating without commercial truck insurance is not an option….Read more

On the Marc, Step #4: Setting Up Motor Carrier/DOT Compliance Paperwork

On the Marc, Step #4: Setting Up Motor Carrier/DOT Compliance Paperwork

Since I started appearing on Shipping Wars in early 2012, a lot of people have asked me about compliance. In other words, obtaining your Motor Carrier operating authority and getting a DOT number.  My advice, based on my own personal experience, is to get both your MC and DOT numbers…Read more

On the Marc, Step #3 – Getting Your CDL and Jumping Behind the Wheel

On the Marc, Step #3 – Getting Your CDL and Jumping Behind the Wheel

If you plan to drive a commercial vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight rating over 26,000 lbs, you need your CDL — or Commercial Driver’s License. I recommend a Class A CDL.  There are other endorsements as well for things like Air Brakes, Mazmat, Doubles and Triples…Read more

On the Marc, Step #2: Deciding What You Want to Haul (aka “What do uShip?”)

On the Marc, Step #2: Deciding What You Want to Haul (aka “What do uShip?”)

So you’ve found yourself with a passion and desire to be your own boss, own your own business and haul other people’s stuff. That’s awesome.  Congrats! Now you need to decide WHAT to ship. This is a super critical decision because it determines three things you’ll need: The right equipment Proper licensing Confidence I started…Read more

On the Marc, Step #1: So you want to become a truck driver? Let’s talk.

On the Marc, Step #1:  So you want to become a truck driver? Let’s talk.

Since I started appearing on Shipping Wars in early 2012, I get weekly calls and emails from people who want to know what it takes to become a transporter– not to mention meeting fans at every truck stop from California to Kamloops.  And my guess is that for every one person who contacts me,…Read more

On the Marc: How To Start a Successful Trucking Business

On the Marc: How To Start a Successful Trucking Business

Over the summer, a CNN Money article ran that was titled “Tons of trucking jobs…that nobody wants.“ It basically claimed that during tough economic times with high unemployment,  Americans should be jumping at the chance to work – including trucking, but that with a driver shortage, it seems it’s a job nobody wants. True,…Read more