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
I started hauling motorcycles because I knew the most about motorcycles.
When I first started hauling, I got into transporting motorcycles because it was something I was passionate about. I worked at a Harley shop in the Seattle area, so I knew these bikes inside and out. When I got to a customer’s place to pick up or drop off a bike, they could tell I knew what I was talking about. I respected the machines, and customers knew it — they knew I would treat their bikes as my own. And that earned their trust and more business, and my business grew. As my experience grew so did the number of cargo categories I served. Today, I haul the big stuff that pays great money.
So, Marc, what should I haul?
Start with what you are passionate about. If you dig boats and water craft, there’s a ton of boats that need to be shipped all the time. If your thing is classic cars, do that. If you love antiques or have a thing for cool furniture, maybe that’s your focus. Whatever it is, enjoy what you haul.
Why should I start with hauling only what I know?
Your attitude and knowledge toward the goods you’re shipping needs to be positive and thorough because it comes through in how your approach your job — and customers will know it. And these customers become repeat customers.
But wait, what about my equipment?
The other thing that can decide what you ship is any existing equipment you might have available. If you already own a motorcycle trailer, consider getting started in motorcycles. Or if you own a flatbed trailer, maybe you start out with cars or equipment, things you have experience with and know how to handle or operate. Own an enclosed trailer? Maybe furniture or household goods are a place to start.
Is there a place that shows what people are shipping?
One great place to look for all the potential categories of things to haul is on uShip at http://www.uship.com/find. Every day, thousands of listings are available to receive your bids. There’s everything you can imagine on there — cars, LTL and truckload freight, boats, motorcycles, heavy equipment, household moves, pets, and a lot more. These are customers’ listings that are looking for help, but at this stage of the game, it can help you determine where to focus your business.
Wanna see what I use to haul?
Check out this sweet video of my rig. I have 3 trailers — a Landoll, a Transcraft and a Fontaine — each that help me move different things in different ways.
When deciding what to haul, tying your trucking business to your passion can already give you a leg up on the competition.
Getting your Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL