Tips for starting a small trucking company advise the owner to use load boards initially, define the ideal client, contact potential clients directly, and work hard to keep clients happy. Load boards offer a good way to get started and find occasional hauling jobs for a small trucking company.
Load boards are not an ideal way to keep a small trucking firm in business long term. The competition for jobs on these boards is fierce, and they do not provide steady work. The small trucker must make a list of ideal clients for that company, and then make direct contact with the shipping department of those firms. Performing a few jobs can lead to long-term contract work. The small trucking firm must be willing to go the extra mile and do what is necessary to keep current clients happy, in order to build up clients and stay in business.