6 Tips to Succeed as an Owner/Operator in 2023 - OTR Solutions

6 Tips to Succeed As An Owner/Operator

Running a successful trucking company as an owner/operator is both exciting and challenging. While the road to success is not always smooth, with dedication, hard work, and the right resources, achieving your business goals is definitely within reach. The trucking industry is full of opportunities, and many owner/operators have found success by leveraging a variety of support systems and tools available to them. 


In this article, we aim to share six key tips that can guide you towards success in your trucking venture, highlighting the importance of tapping into the wealth of resources at your disposal. From optimizing your operations to making informed financial decisions, these tips will help you navigate the path to a prosperous trucking business.


#1: Own Your Niche

You should own a specific niche and avoid taking one-off loads that don’t interest you. You will be sacrificing time on another load and miss out on potential niche-specific loads that can build long-term relationships and recurring clients.


If you’re hauling various things currently, consider what is trending, build your own hauling space outside of that specific niche trend, and then completely own it. Make it yours. Crush it! 


Need an example of a niche?

  • Reefer loads for grocery stores
  • Farmer hay 
  • Farm food 
  • Oil 
  • Biohazardous
  • Steel 
  • Lumber
  • Construction


The list could go on and on,but try to find a unique niche that makes you happy, and simply own that niche.


#2 Create Connections

Creating meaningful connections is i,portant for success in the trucking industry. While casual conversations with people you meet, like the guy at the gas station, can sometimes lead to unexpected opportunities, it’s also important to focus on more structured networking avenues.

Social media, particularly Facebook communities dedicated to trucking, can be an invaluable resource. These online platforms are not just for socializing; they serve as hubs for sharing experiences, advice, and business opportunities within the trucking community. Engaging actively in these groups allows you to connect with fellow truckers, learn from their experiences, and even find potential business leads.

Similarly, establishing connections on the road is crucial. Interactions at truck stops, loading docks, or during deliveries are opportunities to network. Building a rapport with others in the industry can lead to referrals and business opportunities.

Another point to add here is that when you do run your niche loads (or various loads), you should make it a point to connect with whomever requested this run. This is so they can get to know you and your business more and think of you as a trusted business they can rely on to run their loads.


#3 Minimize Your Financial Risk

The third tip is to minimize your financial risk. Just when you think things are going great, suddenly 3 of your clients are not paying their invoices on time – now you are set back and are limited in how you can use your cash flow. Minimizing risk can be done in a few ways.In the world of trucking, the most important way is by using a non-recourse freight factoring company. 

Non-Recourse Freight Factoring

Non-recourse freight factoring is when a factoring company purchases your invoices and you hold little to no risk if a client does not pay. Instead, the factoring company holds the risk. In exchange, the factoring company will keep a very small percentage of your invoice as payment.


It’s important to note that if you choose to factor, that there are two types of factoring: Recourse & Non-Recourse factoring.


We won’t discuss recourse factoring much, but simply put, with recourse factoring, you hold the risk and the payment is considered a loan, so if a client does not pay, you are obligated to pay back that amount.


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#4 Back Office Support

In the hectic world called owner/operator, you’re BUSY and time limited. Trying to find time to do back office related work can be stressful and take away from your time used for cash flow generation. 


Back office support is something that can be  simply  outsourced and allow you to have more time to earn even more! 


Need a back office support partner? OTR Solutions is here to help!


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#5 Create & Leverage Partnerships

When it comes to partnerships, there is nothing better than free or discounted things that help you succeed and generate even more cash flow. For this tip, identify potential partnerships with companies such as DAT or OTR Solutions, either for factoring solutions or load boards. These partnerships offer trucking companies of all sizes crucial resources for long term success.


Companies such as OTR and DAT often come with even more partnerships to put your business in growth mode.


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#6 Invest In Tools & Solutions Designed for Owner/Operators

For trucking owner-operators, smart investment of profits is key. This means allocating funds to tools and services that boost growth, like fuel advances for better cash flow, fuel discounts to cut costs, lumper fee advances, and factoring services. Investing wisely in these areas can significantly aid in your business’s growth and stability.

When you factor with OTR Solutions, you get the best-in-class solutions and tools that will ensure total growth. 


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