Last Minute Gift For Your Trucker

How Hard Is It to Buy for Your Trucker? (We know!  We’re in the same boat!) Looking for a last minute gift for the trucker in your life?  Want a gift that isn’t just something for the day or two, but the trucker will use every day for the next year?...

Santa Trucker and the LTL Sleigh

Bill has a problem. Bill has grandkids and his wife thinks she’s Mrs. Claus. With the holiday’s interruptions, his billing is going down faster than old St. Nick down the chimney. It’s the end of the year and his regular lane is going to be half the usual load. Bill...

Why Buy Separate IFTA Software?

We’re starting to see some #IFTA tweets on Twitter and some Facebook comments – not many yet, but a few.  Since we’re gearing up for our IFTA, we guess we’re just noticing it more. There’s a bookkeeping service out there that charges per...

Happy Thanksgiving – Thanks to Truckers

How did that cranberry sauce get on your table?  If you’re not in New England, it’s a good bet that a trucker brought it to the store.  Even if you are in New England, a trucker delivered to the store.  The entire meal is probably thanks to...

How Do You Thank Your Mechanic?

Is there a tougher job than the on-the-road truck mechanic? I see them along the sides of the highways and think about the times I’ve needed their help.  Maybe I had to wait longer than I wanted. A breakdown on the road, especially when I hauled the extra-heavy...

Are You Afraid of the IFTA?

It was a dark and stormy night. One Friday when the fleet manager went out to inspect each of the trucks, he noticed that in the first truck the odometer was 1,000 miles off from the driver’s logbook.  In the second truck, the difference was even greater…...

The Right Tool for LTL Success

Are you trusting your memory?  Or maybe a white board?  Or a deck of index cards? For me, keeping track of LTL shipping was enough to stop me from trying it.  I liked hauling the full loads – even the heaviest loads – so long as I didn’t have to try...

Profit and Loss or Company Overview Report

Do you know how much you make in profit per mile? Why would you want to know? TruckingOffice trucking software offers a  Profit and Loss Report (P&L).  This is a standard accounting report that takes all in the income and subtracts all the expenses and gives you a...

3 Good Reasons to Go to GATS

The year has flown by.  It is cliche to say, but it feels like yesterday that we were flying down to the Greatest American Truck Show for 2014.  I like going to trade shows like GATS.  It’s great to meet you and learn what you’re doing and how we can help...

Coffee-Motivated Billing

I have a friend who is constantly running low on money. Abby has regular lanes and is a good driver. She loves being on the road with her dog and sometimes her husband Nick. But the money end of the business? Always a problem for her. She’ll go without her own dinner...

Customer Acquisition Part 1

I just got off the phone with one of my drivers. He had a few words to say about freight hauling. I just happened to be the one who got the earful. Fuel may be down in price, but according to the driver, so are the loads. He said he’s having a rough time finding a...

Organization – Paper or Electronic Copy?

It would be a nightmare if I’d gotten this call before we started TruckingOffice. A bill that’s almost 6 months overdue is being contested because they claim they hadn’t gotten the bill of lading. In the old days, first I would have had to go through my spreadsheets...

How Much Does That Unit Make?

Unit Operation Income Report New to TruckingOffice I’ve owned multiple rigs in my time.  I managed all the details – the lanes, the drivers, the receipts, the billing – but I rarely could figure out which truck was making me the most money.  Here at...

Tracking with PC*Miler and TruckingOffice

Nancy is checking her company’s receipts today – and something isn’t adding up.  Why was Frank buying fuel in Oklahoma when his lane from Pittsburgh to Dallas didn’t go through Oklahoma City?  Then there’s Leon, buying fuel in Knoxville?...

Taxes Ahead – Trucker Tax Referral

Dave is a brand new trucker – just started on the road last November.  It’s been a good job for him.  He got a route from a local potato chip company that let him come home every night to his wife Maureen and kids. It’s the new year, and Maureen is...

Did I Make Money or Not?

When I started my trucking career as an owner/operator, I worked on the accounting system that made sense to me.  If the money was in my bank, then I was good.  I never counted my billable income until it was in my pocket.  This is called the Cash Accounting Method....
Three Steps to Getting New Customers

Three Steps to Getting New Customers

Getting new customers is part of the trucking business that most truckers have to struggle with.  Shippers don’t just call up a new business, nor does a single call usually produce a great, long term contract for a profitable lane.  I’ve found that...
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