Need your guys advice on a new idea and if there is a demand for it or not?

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Hey everyone! Its been a long time since I have posted on his forum, and its been awhile since I have messed around with online marketing. With that said, over the past five years I have created a small business here in Texas that deals with local trucking. Which has now turned out to be pretty successful for me.

So my question for you guys is with regards to what you think the demand would be if any for information on how to start a local trucking business which would require low start up capital and does not usually matter what type of credit score you have. So this would be an actual business and not something that would be done strictly online. I have found that the trucking industry is a easy way to jump into the business scene and allow someone to start from nothing and make some money to either expand or possibly open the door up to start something better or different if they so choose.

I have had a few people keep telling me I need to start a site that would walk people through to process and show them the way to creating a small business that could pay them a take home of around 55 to 65k a year after expenses. And from there they could continue expanding and making even more. Now granted that someone would have to be able to drive a box truck and able to move some weight around but they could easily get started for under a couple thousand if that.

So what do you guys think? Do you think that a blog talking about stuff like this would generate interest or a ebook of some kind? You can find this information on the internet but its not all in one spot and I could lead them to better insurance companies and also places to get contracts and so on. Just let me know if you think its something you think would be worth giving a shot or not. I currently have some free time since I am no longer driving and have people doing the work for me so was looking to do something to fill in my time. Thanks in advance for your time.

-Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    cool and congrats on your local trucking business

    what does the keyword research yield?

    did u find interest?

    id start there

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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      I have not jumped in that far as of yet. I was just trying to get a feel of what people thought on hear about it. The trucking industry as a whole has a lot of openings right now in that there is just not enough trucks for the amount of freight.

      I have to dust off some of the software I guess and try and do some of the keyword research. However I could market this locally through ads as well I guess. Anyway just looking into what people would think about it since a lot of people here are looking for that break and a way to earn an income. This is a way to create your own job and since everything moves by truck usually works in any neighborhood you may live in. Its also something a lot of people never think about so may not even get noticed on the actual keywords regarding trucking etc. Most of my friends never knew that most of the box trucks on the road are owner operators.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Yea I am not looking for a get rich quick thing. I also have been messing around online since the 90's so I know how the game works. Just was curious in what people though about the demand if any to learn about how to create a small trucking business. We have all these people getting rich off of them talking about how much money they make using the internet. However I do not see as many talking about their actual brick and mortar business and I was thinking about creating something that was around the trucking industry and how people can tap into it and create a business over a few years that can gross a million plus. I know several people who are doing 1.5 million gross that started less than two years ago and I honestly dont know many other routes out there that can allow you to do that with little money down that you need. Again this is not passive income in that you have to start out driving for yourself but it can become a semi passive down the road if you put the right people in place and so on.

      I have an established trucking business so I have money I am just looking for something new to work on with my free time I have so that I can put it to use and at the same time possibly build another brand and income. Thanks for the responses.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    sounds like a good idea.

    you know the business

    you know what it takes..

    why not test ,as you mentioned, with a local ad and see what kind of demand is out there.

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  • Profile picture of the author matteomattx
    Theres a few different ways you could approach this, and just because you choose one doesn't mean that you are limited to only that, marketing is about possiblilities.

    One first way to test the water that might be feasible for you is to write an e-book guide detailing how to accomplish your business plan. This would be more of a general guide that could show people how to do it themselves, which you could sell for probably xx.xx$ but maybe higher you never know.

    You would likely market it the same way a make money online method is marketed, but it would be a different way to do things. The success of this would honestly depend on how hard / well you market it, just like any other MMO product. If you convince people that it can work for them, you might succeed.

    Thats just one idea though, but a good starter. On the flip side you could go for a higher dollar conversion, and have some sort of e-course set up. It might take warmer leads, but if they are higher converting it could work as well.

    Obviously you would want to start building up a long term brand, and really there are alot of different ways to market this. It could easily be marketed locally, as well as on classified sites for example.

    There are alot of possibilities with this, I hope mine helped.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Yea there are many ways I could go with it. I was even thinking I could create a ebook that completely walks them through everything and could offer it for free and make money with affiliate sales possibly. That way I could create more traffic from the ebook while still making money on affiliates sales from insurance companies etc possibly. I would have to look into. Right now I just am curious to if there would be an actual demand which my gut says there is. Or at least there is a market for it that people would be interested in learning about. Thanks for the response.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I think there may an opportunity here but the only way you'll really know is to get a basic site/product going and do some testing.

    I think there are a lot of different areas that could be touched on, either as part of a big package, or in bite-sized pieces. For example:
    • How can people with slight injuries do this job? For example, a bad shoulder may keep someone from throwing weight around but they may be able to drive just fine.
    • How can older folks looking for some extra income do this?
    • Try to make it appealing to women by answering their specific questions that may be totally different than what a man may ask
    • How to deal with uncertainty. You buy a 2nd hand truck and it breaks down for 2 weeks so you are out of work. How do you deal with that?
    • How to do little fixes or tricks to make things easier. For example, what's the best way to eat a hot meal while working without eating at a restaurant so you can save money. (May not be possible but hopefully you get the idea.)
    • How to understand all the local, state, and federal laws that may apply even to local trucking.
    • Safety, first aid, safe driving, staying awake, etc.
    Now, none of these may fit your particular opportunity. But my point is if you are going to do this don't do a boring trucking book. Do something that someone might actually read.

    And when/if you write, remember that today's truckers may not be the typical type you think of when you think of a trucker (no offense of any kind intended to anyone). The potential trucker may be a lawyer that is tired of being tied to a desk or learned she hates judges or it may be a doctor that hurt his hand lifting a patient and he's tired of all the poop and bodily fluids of medicine.

    But as I said, the only way to really know is to put something up and see what you can to promote the thing and if anyone is interested enough to visit/signup/buy.

    Good luck.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author aizaku
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      But as I said, the only way to really know is to put something up and see what you can to promote the thing and if anyone is interested enough to visit/signup/buy.
      thats right, you gotta test it out..

      why not try a local ad like you mentioned

      make sure to have a short domain in the ad

      create a non indexed squeeze page/site see how many people land on your site and sign up CTR..

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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Mark thanks for the response. I like all the questions you brought up and I had answers for each lol. The reason I even started thinking about this idea is that I have a few contracts with different companies and so many contractors come in with little to no experience when it comes to the business side of things. And like you said with the trucking industry the vast majority are not your Harvard grads. With that said I have seen a lot of guys fail who should not have and it was over something dumb and could been avoided. Such as budgeting correctly or jumping to that second truck to fast. So one of the vice presidents of the company who I am working with joked about how I should create a business helping and training new contractors so that they are successful. If I do this I am not looking to charge someone hundreds for an info product but rather something that is very affordable or even free and making money off affiliate sales or something. I just have been out of the game when it comes to the online marketing and I know things change daily so I have some catching up to do I guess when it comes on how to market it and everything. I am also trying to figure out if there is a value for this type of information which can have a price tag put on it.

      There are several different types of jobs you can have with trucking and some requires you to handle the freight itself and some is no touch and you can be handicapped etc and get the job done. So I see where you are going with the questions which I will need to sit down and brainstorm all the different questions that may or could pop up. I appreciate your feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I know there are digital training packages for various things like passing the CDL and it seems I've seen some things about how to get a trucking job too. Spend some time with Google trying to scope out the competition.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      There is a lot of various info out there and a lot of factoring companies etc. My target audience would be the non cdl group which could work their way up to the tractors and so on.

      I probably just need to do it since I am looking to do it more for my pleasure and helping others since I had help from someone who showed me the right direction. I guess I am just trying to figure out the best platform to do that and looks like I may already know the route and that is create a site around the industry and creating a digital product which can be free or for sale depending on how I monetize it.

      My main completion when it comes to creating a small business would be touch in that the SBA holds a lot of the top spots. There are a lot of forums and stuff for the over the road guys but I am more geared towards your local last mile operations. Though I have a background in both its just much easier to start off with a box truck and getting a contract locally with a limited budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuisPeril
    I wouldn't get into this Jason. Self driving cars and trucks are coming in the next few years.

    If you are looking to make a quick buck... maybe this can work.

    If you are looking to go beyond that and play the long game, I wouldn't touch this.
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  • Profile picture of the author lindseysan494
    Do you think there's enough demand for people specifically looking to start a local trucking business? I know there's plenty of people looking for qualified truck drivers and people looking to go to truck driving school though.

    I would use a keyword research tool to see if anyone is typing it terms related to starting a local trucking business just to gauge the interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Laksh
    If you see there is no proper info/guidance on this topic or if you can provide more value and detailed direction to the newbies, it would definitely be a good thing to start with. I remember Patflynn mentioning about his website 'foodtruckr.com' being started as a similar site, aimed to help local food truck business owners. You may take a look if you haven't already.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Yes I think the ebook is a must with this and maybe a blog to support it as well. My original goal was to target the market that does not get much support but also has a lot of work in the trucking industry which is the last mile services. These are the people who delivery your appliances and furniture to your door. Currently most websites are geared towards the over the road guys so I may can fill the void for both niches possibly. Most however who start a business start off in a box truck and work their way up to the tractor trailer work. Thanks for the response.
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  • Profile picture of the author kIwOk168
    Most of the first moves that come to mind have already been mentioned like give away an ebook, keyword research, etc. My suggestion is to interview owners of trucking businesses (I'm guessing that you have some access since you are interested in this niche) and learn what got them into the business in the first place. It's easy to assume the motives of entering into this business is (i.e. get out of the 9-5, got into the family business, etc.) but it's best to make sure of the motives from real people in the business. This is important because this would determine from what angle you are going to attack this niche from (i.e. financial freedom angle, improve your trucking business, hot business trend, etc.). Just my 2 cents.
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  • Jason,

    Congratulations for the success of your trucking business in TX! My uncle is a truck driver in CA, and if you could sign me up for your affiliate program, then I'd gladly share your blog and content to him, and also ask him to share it across his colleagues there -- I think they'd have interest in what you intend to offer ...

    Originally Posted by Jason Zalesky View Post

    So my question for you guys is with regards to what you think the demand would be if any for information on how to start a local trucking business which would require low start up capital and does not usually matter what type of credit score you have. So this would be an actual business and not something that would be done strictly online.
    I tried searching in Google using phrases and terms around the lines of "how to start a local trucking business in Texas with low capital"; and

    There are 4 ads -- One of which offers info and services for setting up a local trucking business; another sells Texas business registration services; the other offers services in assisting businesses to go public; and another sells services and info about franchising business opportunities ...

    On the other hand -- Top ranking organic search results consist of a wide variety of content pages that specifically target TX residents possibly with an interest in relevant content, services and products ...

    however, this wouldn't be significant in telling me that there's viable demand for the content and offers that you intend to market; and

    I'm sure you already know these things, but what I'd do at this point is use SimilarWeb.Com and SpyFu.Com to:

    ** Uncover the best traffic generation methods that are being implemented by top competing sites, and also popular non-competing sites with content that could most likely be catchy and interesting for my target audience nonetheless -- These traffic generation methods include direct traffic, referral traffic, organic search traffic, paid search & display traffic, and social traffic;

    ** Learn the tactics that are being done by those competing and non-competing sites with significant amounts of direct traffic, i.e. Are they enticing viewers to sign up to their mailing lists? How are they doing this? etc.;

    ** Discover the exact sites that drive significant amounts of referral traffic to those competing sites and non-competing sites;

    ** Identify the exact organic and paid keywords that are being used by those competing sites and non-competing sites with significant amounts of organic and paid search traffic for their SEO and paid search & display ad campaigns in Google Adwords;

    ** Study the ads of those competing and non-competing sites, especially those with long running ads and significant amounts of paid search & display traffic; and

    ** Learn about the social networks that are driving significant amounts of social traffic to those competing and non-competing sites (those that are getting good social traffic) ...

    Well, I think the details that you can get from SimilarWeb.Com and SpyFu.Com could most likely keep you busy for some time --

    Those are quite useful in creating your ideal customer avatar; in generating ideas for your site content, opt-in offers, info products and services; in confirming viable online places and ad networks for your ad and content-sharing campaigns; in optimizing your ad copies, opt-in copies, pre-sales content and letters, repeat business systems, etc.; and in creating test campaigns ...

    Wishing you the best of luck!

    P.S. I'm the non-resident chairman of an LLC in Edinburg, Texas ...
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Just a couple of quick thoughts, Jason...

    > I know or knew several independent owner/operators who mainly do the long-haul stuff. The number one complaint many of them have is the amount of time they have to spend away from family. Would there be enough of those who would be interested in a local business that let them be home every night?

    > Pat Flynn started a site about starting a food truck business that is doing well. Might be similar enough that you'd want to touch bases with him about your idea.

    > Given your experience, there might be several opportunities in helping people who already have this type of business do it better. For ideas, you might want to look at Joe Polish (carpet cleaners), Rory Fatt (independent restaurateurs) and others like them.
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    Many concepts are great and good value to others but I always start thinking about the end game. How will I get rewarded for my effort. Working out how to get paid for what you are proposing and then how much you expect to get in one year will help decide what level of effort you put it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Jason,

    I'm sure your head is spinning right now . . . with all the ideas, thoughts, suggestions, directions you might head. Which one is best for you?

    No doubt you'll be tempted to serve a broad audience with lots of thoughts and experiences.

    I just wanted to add this: focus on one thing right now.

    Be very specific. Drill down into the niche as far as you can and don't try to be everything to everyone. It's a mistake that many new IMers make. They mistakenly believe that they want to attract the widest audience possible.

    It's much better, IMO, to gather an audience that is homogeneous - everyone is looking for the same thing. Why? Because when you do your marketing, you can be very specific in being relevant to all of your audience.

    The broader your focus, the less your prospects will have in common. Marketing to people that have no interest in what you are offering is a waste of time, money, and personal energy.

    You can always "branch out" at some point (typically after your current focus and web site is running smoothly and profitably).

    By focusing all your effort and energy on just one corner of the marketplace, you will have the best chance to be seen as an expert with authority in the niche. The "reach" of Internet is global and you will be surprised at the number of people that can be attracted to the tiniest of niches.

    The very best to you,

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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Steve you are exactly right lol. My plan is to target one specific area but some of these responses are turning on light bulb on where i can take it in the future. My goal right now is to target the guys who are having a hard time finding a good paying job and cant pay the bills. Or to the guys who already are in the business driving for someone who just doesn't know how to get started or does not realize they can do it if they wanted to on their own.

      I tell my guys that I hire that I will show them everything I know and will even help them get started down the road if they work hard for me for a few years etc. I want my guys to do well and I always tell them you don't always want to be driving for me when you can drive for yourself one day if you want too.

      I just see to many guys fail also who do take the jump into being self employed and I could help them also with it all targeting the same general niche. Which is the box truck owner operators. My main thing I was struggling with is how to get this information to them and how I could make a few bucks doing it. Should I sell a ebook or should I create a site/blog and generate traffic and make income from affiliate sales. Since I have not been in the game when it comes to internet marketing for a few years now I am sure a lot has changed and I need to catch up on some stuff. I know this is a great place to start as it was back in the day when I first joined.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3wCorner
    Trucking business is a good way to start. You can offer your services or have your car rent out.

    You can also do similar to Uber and Grabataxi application where your customer can reach you out directly and know where they are coming from and where they are headed to,


    A website can help you get customers online and have a feature for reservation and booking services. You can also create your social media profile in Facebook, Twitter and IG and add all your neighbors for s start so that they will know your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author desireedavid
      This is actually a great idea. You can create an app or website where companies can easily outsource or book a trucking contractor (similar to how Uber does it)... But this is another product altogether. You can take a small percentage of every booking each trucking contractor gets, or you can charge trucking companies for the listings that they post, depending on how you want to go about it.
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    Could you do franchising of some type?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
    Well I would like to thank everyone for all the feedback. One last question for you guys. If you were in my shoes would you go with an eBook to start off or would you take the route of creating an authoritative site about the subject and monetize it with affiliates etc? I could always create an eBook and give it out for free I guess and offer services possibly or just go with the free info and hope they purchase some affiliate products? What do you guys think?
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    • Jason,

      Originally Posted by Jason Zalesky View Post

      If you were in my shoes would you go with an eBook to start off or would you take the route of creating an authoritative site about the subject and monetize it with affiliates etc?
      I for one would do both ...

      -- BUT --

      I'd only do the things I detailed below after I verify that there is significant demand for my value proposition, and that I can leverage my existing fiscal and non-fiscal resources to attract my ideal viewers, to convince them to subscribe to my premium content offers, to successfully serve my subscribers, to compel them to buy my paid offers and to keep them satisfied enough to recommend me to their peers and share my content and offers across their personal and professional networks ...

      Well, here goes ...

      First, I'd create an authority site with content that delves deeper into each required step / resource requirement for building a local trucking business, and simple to understand answers to any possible question that my ideal viewer might have regarding this;

      I'd also integrate Facebook, Google and Bing remarketing / retargeting code into all pages of my site. This is in case I decide to use those networks to advertise my opt-in and paid offers in the future. This'll allow me to show my opt-in and paid offers to viewers who've been to any page of my site, while they're spending time in Facebook, Google, Bing and any relevant site and app with display ads from these networks;

      I'd also carefully choose relevant products and services with affiliate programs, particularly those that can complement and supplement my site content, opt-in and paid offers; and

      I'd then strategically integrate my relevant affiliate links and banners into the content of my site ...

      Second, I'd also create a brief video presentation and also an ebook guide that can allow viewers to, with just one viewing, quickly and easily understand the required steps for building a local trucking business and the answers to any possible question that they might have regarding this -- This is sort of a quick and simple summary of the relevant content in my site, and I'd offer this through two types of content to serve my ideal audience's content viewing preferences;

      I'd then post in my site a teaser to this content and to other premium content, and give viewers full access to this and other premium content via an email opt-in subscription;

      I'll then send to my subscribers announcements of new content on my site and some additional content that can complement and supplement the value that they can get from my site content and opt-in offer; and

      I'd then strategically integrate my softsell copies for my paid offers and recommendations of my relevant affiliate products into the emails that I send out to my subscribers ...

      As for my own paid offers -- I'm not sure of this. Perhaps a multimedia course with an ebook and supplemental video presentations; an online workshop where a fixed number of subscribers for each session can go on a video conference with me; and a more premium one-on-one training offer where subscribers can schedule for a phone appointment, video conference appointment or a face-to-face appointment with me at my consulting office (I personally don't like face-to-face appointments) ...

      Anyway, that's just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Davidson1
    I advise that you read the book The Lean Start up by Eric Ries

    Also, ask probing questions to many people (without directly giving away your idea) to validate the need for your services.
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  • Profile picture of the author desireedavid
    I think that they have already said much. To sum it up, do keyword search and see if there is a market locally and nationally.

    You may also want to start a blog, and link it to your social media accounts (if you do not yet have a facebook page, then I suggest to create one). In this blog, you can post articles or journal entries about how you started. Maybe you can give some experiences you had as a truck driver and then eventually as an operator. Through this blog, you can generate interest and start getting people to know you better (as the author of this ebook or course you are selling).
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Most of the responses here are good. I would put a web-site together first and starting getting content up on it. You could put together "a top 5 reasons to become your own boss offer". It would be about how to get started in the trucking business as a list builder. As the site begins to grow you than offer a e-book on the subject on Amazon. Plus your site to get more traffic to it. That would help grow you into an Authority site.

    You could also wind down the road, doing a coaching session or two about creating your own 55-65k business. Maybe even start there with one of your employees. Maybe even offer to start as a small financial backer and mentor to make him a success.

    Their should be interest in this type of business, notice Budget, Avis, Penske, U-haul and others all have 10-15 box trucks for rent. A market exists already. you can try to tap into it. Maybe even make a referral deal with one them or become an affiliate and promote these companies on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    Jason,writing a blog informing or educating people about your business put you in a position as a reliable person.I would also advise you to choose a platform Facebook,twitter,Google plus run a few survey to find out which one of those platforms are better suited for your niche .
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    Searching "how to start a local trucking business" in Google does bring up almost 2 million results, so clearly there are people interested in this topic - the question is whether they are willing to pay for an in-depth course?

    As others mentioned, unless you can find existing competition who are already selling this kind of information, the only way to find out if people are willing to spend money on this, is to create the product and then test it via PPC (the quickest way) and see if you can generate sales.
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    Research! You have to use tools such as the keyword planner to research the demand of your marketplace. Then research what is selling and how much of it! All numbers
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  • Profile picture of the author krees
    So you want to help other people start a trucking business? Having all the info they might need to accomplish this on your blog/website? I know the trucking industry is having problems finding drivers. Is this to start a local rucking business? Or a trucking company that does over the road type trucking? I know the big trucking companies (over the road) are having big problems finding enough drivers. A local company might be a better option. Like a moving company or something like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Originally Posted by krees View Post

      So you want to help other people start a trucking business? Having all the info they might need to accomplish this on your blog/website? I know the trucking industry is having problems finding drivers. Is this to start a local rucking business? Or a trucking company that does over the road type trucking? I know the big trucking companies (over the road) are having big problems finding enough drivers. A local company might be a better option. Like a moving company or something like that.
      Yes I am targeting the people who can run locally. This is not geared towards the over the road guys but can help them get to that point if they choose to. There is a lot more money for the over the road and even local tractor trailer work.

      I have been doing this for over five years now so I know the business pretty well and I am looking to possibly put a site together and or ebook that will show people exactly how they could start their own local own operator business and expand it. This would be for guys just starting out or people who are already driving for someone else. Many people think they can not start on their own because they could never get the loan etc. But in fact a lot of times they are able to and can even do it with rentals to start.

      I just noticed there is not to much information on this online and the information you do find its all on several sites and not easy to locate to get everything you need to know. Most sites are just trying to get you to their site so they can sell you their product and leave you hanging on what you really need to know or the details. Most are geared for the tractor trailer types. I am targeting the box truck industry that does not even require a CDL to do the work so pretty much anyone who can drive can do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author kilgore
    Whether or not it's true, let's just assume there's a demand for what you're talking about. So what? You already have a small, but sucessful business. Why would you want to distract yourself from building up that business in order to start something that's completely new?

    Look at all the ideas being floated around above. I'm not suggesting they are necessarily bad ideas, but think about them from the context of the sort of things you're already doing. How is writing an ebook or creating a website about starting a trucking business going to help your primary buisiness? How is attracting customers for your ebook going to help you with your primary business? I just don't see it. Sure it might give you some "authority" with your primary customers -- but my guess is that your customers don't care about your authority. They care whether you can get what they want delivered from Point A to Point B on time and at a reasonable cost.

    So to me this sort of project seems like a distraction. I guess if you just think it'll be fun, it might be worth doing for that reason alone. But from a financial perspective, it seems that this isn't a good use of your time. I'm not saying there's not demand or that you won't make any money from it. I'm just saying that you'll almost certainly make more money by spending the time you want to put into this project trying to expand and build your current business rather than trying to build a completely new one.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
      Originally Posted by kilgore View Post

      Whether or not it's true, let's just assume there's a demand for what you're talking about. So what? You already have a small, but sucessful business. Why would you want to distract yourself from building up that business in order to start something that's completely new?

      Look at all the ideas being floated around above. I'm not suggesting they are necessarily bad ideas, but think about them from the context of the sort of things you're already doing. How is writing an ebook or creating a website about starting a trucking business going to help your primary business? How is attracting customers for your ebook going to help you with your primary business? I just don't see it. Sure it might give you some "authority" with your primary customers -- but my guess is that your customers don't care about your authority. They care whether you can get what they want delivered from Point A to Point B on time and at a reasonable cost.

      So to me this sort of project seems like a distraction. I guess if you just think it'll be fun, it might be worth doing for that reason alone. But from a financial perspective, it seems that this isn't a good use of your time. I'm not saying there's not demand or that you won't make any money from it. I'm just saying that you'll almost certainly make more money by spending the time you want to put into this project trying to expand and build your current business rather than trying to build a completely new one.


      You are right in that it could distract from my main business. This is not tied to my main business in any way. The thing is that I help out a lot of local people get up and running so it has been suggested that I create some type of training and start charging people for my time. Instead of doing that I was thinking I can create some site that gave everyone the info they needed and either monetized it with affiliate sales possibly or create an ebook that I could sell that was at a decent price to not bankrupt anyone. I have a lot of free time that I think could be better used and possibly make some income at the same time. I am currently in the middle roads with expanding to the next level with my business and having the income to do so. So right now I am probably going to sit a year with what I currently have setup before I start hiring office people to manage operations so that I can get bigger. I currently only deal with the local work and most of its hands free on my part with the fact that the people I am contracted to handle all the dispatching and I just make sure that the trucks are in good shape and that the guys show up. So spending about 3 hours a day max on my current business leaves a lot of room to work on something else for the next year or so till I get some capital saved up to feel comfortable to expanding to a larger role.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMESH12
    Why not start a blog on the trucking industry? (1k-10K ave. monthly searches; trucking companies 10K-100K ave. monthly searches). Then you can sell your book through your blog and even earn advertising from it eventually.

    Lots of interesting content ideas: truckers hiring felons with convictions 10 yrs or older, trucker ladies, fill the hold with freight on the return via the "Uber app for trucking" and etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author skymann
    You are alrready an authority on theis type of business, so start a blog, promote it locally and on the web, give away an e-book to get subscribers and produce a high ticket tuition course.
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