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Without trucking companies to ferry goods across the U.S., the economy would grind to a halt. Due to this ever-present need and increased desire for fast shipping, you can never have too many truckers. With the increased demand for products in the wake of COVID-19, learn how to create a successful trucking company.

Have a Market in Mind

Even though there’s a great need for trucking companies, it’s no secret that thousands of businesses already exist in that space. To ensure consistent business, you’ll need to find a market that allows you to differentiate yourself. When starting, consider researching niches that larger trucking companies avoid and transport specialized loads.

Your vehicle needs will vary depending on the load. For example, different trucks are designed to carry refrigerated goods, petroleum products, and building materials. Build your fleet to accommodate whatever niche you settle on.

Create a Business Plan

With your ideal market figured out, it’s time to look at the numbers. Do some research to determine how many trucks you really need in your fleet. Most trucking companies have six or fewer trucks, so if you’re planning on more, you may want to reconsider.

When developing a business plan, analyze your competitors. Figure out what they’re doing right and try to emulate it, but also note what they’re doing wrong so you can avoid it.

Find Loads to Haul

Once the numbers are squared away and you’ve built a fleet, it’s time to find your first loads. Check out online load boards to find freight—some are free, and others require a monthly subscription. Either way, load boards allow you to establish relationships and build credibility in the industry to help you grow your customer base.

Prioritize Safety

Once you have your loads, your drivers can hit the road. Make safety your top priority. There are plenty of great resources to help. Your business can’t function without truckers—they’re human beings who deserve a safe working environment. Ensure you follow best practices to get them home safely.

Now that you understand how to create a successful trucking company, deliver the goods and watch your business thrive.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.