Episode 54: Don't Get Pimped - 1099 vs. W2

SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

This has been a hot topic over the last few years. There are many truck operators and truck owners that will argue until they turn blue that they can legally pay drivers on a 1099 instead of a W2. The intent of this episode is to make the point that it is in fact NOT legal and it is both a really stupid way to run a business and also a stupid way to be paid. Drivers should NEVER accept a 1099 contract. Ever.

Posted on September 11, 2019 .

Episode 53: Highway Refugee with Zeke Goodwin

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Zeke Goodwin is my closest and best friend. You've heard him on the podcast before. I brought him on the show this week to allow him to share his story of how he rebuilt his life through his job as an over the road driver. He was jobless and homeless. It was a dark and scary time. The trucking industry doesn't get enough credit for how it provides a way for people with little or no assets to earn a living and have shelter from the weather.

Posted on September 6, 2019 .

Episode 52: The High Cost of Not Keeping Score

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

In this episode of the show, Larry sits down with fellow Landstar BCO Steve Wheeler. In addition to his experience as an owner/operator, Steve has experience as an accountant and bookkeeper. Their conversation is about “keeping score.” You cannot know the health of your business if you do not possess the statistical data to measure what freight you can haul and what you can’t. Larry and Steve also discuss important topics like -

When to file as a corporation versus a sole proprietor

How to save for maintenance

Use a P&L (Profit and Loss Statement) to watch your cost savings strategies that affect your bottom line.

Most importantly, find and monitor your CPM (Cost Per Mile). This is the only way to know what freight rate you can haul for a profit.

SHOW NOTES:

Larry’s blog Sorry, Everybody Won't Get A Trophy


Posted on September 1, 2019 .

Episode 51: Fuel - Price Cost & Savings

AUGUST 18, 2019

Fuel is the biggest expense for a truck operator. In this episode, Chris and Larry discuss the methods and principles of fuel - where and how to buy it and how to manage consumption.

SHOW NOTES:

FREE Downloadable Document: Ways to Improve Fuel Mileage

Scangauge KR: The tool we use to modify our driving habits for better fuel mileage.

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Fuel Gauges App: This is the FREE program we use to track our fuel mileage on all of our trucks.


Posted on August 21, 2019 .

Episode 50: How You Can Survive and Thrive When Rates are Down

AUGUST 13, 2019

In this episode, Larry and I discuss how Blue Ribbon manages to survive and grow in a market where rates are down. With the news breaking nearly every week that another trucking firm has closed its doors and left drivers out of work, how is it that we are growing our fleet and looking for new opportunities? The answer lies in the foundation of the company and the decision that are made when we acquire equipment and how we operate it. We also discuss what to do when you want to get your own truck and the perils of lease/purchase contracts.

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

Episode 49: Introducing Larry W. Long - Owner of Blue Ribbon Logistical Solutions

AUGUST 3, 2019

This is the episode I’ve been waiting 18 months to produce. From the moment I met Larry Long, I knew he would be the perfect addition to this podcast. He is a great storyteller and has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and experience. He’s owned and worked in multiple businesses and industries for nearly 50 years. In this episode, we talk about the unconventional route he took to end up in the trucking industry and allow him to explain his passion for helping drivers and for giving them the opportunity to own and operate their own successful trucking business.

Check out our website www.bluieribbonlogisticalsolutions.com

Posted on August 3, 2019 .

Episode 44: Dissecting A Decade - 2014

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 22, 2019 .

Episode 43: Dissecting A Decade - 2013

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 15, 2019 .

Episode 42: Dissecting A Decade - 2012

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 8, 2019 .

Episode 41: Dissecting A Decade - 2011

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 1, 2019 .

Episode 40: Dissecting A Decade - 2010

JANUARY 25, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 25, 2019 .

Episode 39: Dissecting A Decade: 2009

JANUARY 18, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 18, 2019 .

Episode 38: Dissecting A Decade - 2008

JANUARY 11, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 11, 2019 .

Episode 37: The Problems with Black Smoke Matters

JANUARY 9, 2019

I saw an article today on Business Insider that I need to discuss. The “trucker rights” group Black Smoke Matters is getting attention in the media for the shutdown/strike they have planned in April 2019. This group does not represent me and I will not be associated with them in any way. 

Link: Business Insider article on Driver Wages in the 1970’s and the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 

Link: Business Insider article on ELD’s

Link:  The Book - The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the Economy Bigger  

 

Posted on January 9, 2019 .

Episode 36: What I Wish I Knew in 2010

JANUARY 3, 2019

It’s been eight years since I made the decision that began my journey through being an owner/operator and back again. There has been both success and failure along the way. The lessons were all valuable and all learned the hard way. In this episode I reflect on eight years and talk about what I wish I had known in 2010. It would’ve made all the difference.

Posted on January 3, 2019 .

Episode 35: Dedicated Freight - A Love/Hate Relationship

OCTOBER 5, 2018

Over the years I’ve run on a few dedicated accounts. I’m currently serving a dedicated customer hauling residential windows and doors. Hauling dedicated is perfect for some drivers because it give them a firm schedule they can count on. For others dedicated is boring and monotonous. In this episode I talk about the good and bad of dedicated freight.

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Posted on October 5, 2018 .