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Don't Forget Spring Truck Maintenance! May 28 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

We keep waiting to post a spring checklist because it hasn't felt much like spring here in South Dakota. However, with the weather finally perking up a bit, we sat down with our Head of Maintenance, Lou Charette and asked what regular maintenance tasks drivers should prioritize in this season. Some of these will be items you can easily check yourself, others may require paid shop help, but all are important. 

We keep waiting to post a spring checklist because it hasn't felt much like spring here in South Dakota. However, with the weather finally perking up a bit, we sat down with our Head of Maintenance, Lou Charette and asked what regular maintenance tasks drivers should prioritize in this season. Some of these will be items you can easily check yourself, others may require paid shop help, but all are important. 

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How to Find Support When You're Starting a Trucking Business May 14 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

If you're a company driver the thought of starting your own trucking business and becoming an owner operator can be daunting. And honestly, it should be a little daunting. When you become an independent contractor you take on a lot of risk as a business owner. Owning your own business could mean debt piling up, unanswered questions, bad business deals, and stress. However, you also have a huge opportunity to grow your income, be your own boss, and even build a fleet of trucks. It could also mean building a legacy to hand to your children.

If you're a company driver the thought of starting your own trucking business and becoming an owner operator can be daunting. And honestly, it should be a little daunting. When you become an independent contractor you take on a lot of risk as a business owner. Owning your own business could mean debt piling up, unanswered questions, bad business deals, and stress. However, you also have a huge opportunity to grow your income, be your own boss, and even build a fleet of trucks. It could also mean building a legacy to hand to your children.

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Four Owner Operator Tips for Preparing for an Audit March 29 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

There is a saying out there that we've heard, "You will get sued." It is a bit dark and depressing, but in a litigious industry like trucking, it can be more accurate than we would like to admit. The point behind the saying, of course, is that it is better to prepare for the worst in case the worse should happen.

For owner operators or owners of trucking fleets, we would like to add to that saying.

"And you might get audited." 

An audit can be terrifying if you haven't maintained healthy bookkeeping habits. And unfortunately, if you're holding an audit notice from the IRS it is a little late to start good habits. There are, however, plenty of things you can do to proactively prepare for the possibility of an audit in case you are selected by the IRS. 

There is a saying out there that we've heard, "You will get sued." It is a bit dark and depressing, but in a litigious industry like trucking, it can be more accurate than we would like to admit. The point behind the saying, of course, is that it is better to prepare for the worst in case the worse should happen.

For owner operators or owners of trucking fleets, we would like to add to that saying.

"And you might get audited." 

An audit can be terrifying if you haven't maintained healthy bookkeeping habits. And unfortunately, if you're holding an audit notice from the IRS it is a little

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The McDaugales Transition to Team Driving as Second Career March 11 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

Anna McDaugale never thought she would end up living her life in a truck... and loving it! McDaugale, 40, and her husband John, 43 started driving for K & J Trucking as a team during the fall of 2018. 

We sat down with Anna to talk about how she made the leap into the trucking life, what it is like being a female trucker, and how she and John manage life on the road as a driving team and husband and wife. 

Anna McDaugale never thought she would end up living her life in a truck... and loving it! McDaugale, 40, and her husband John, 43 started driving for K & J Trucking as a team during the fall of 2018. 

We sat down with Anna to talk about how she made the leap into the trucking life, what it is like being a female trucker, and how she and John manage life on the road as a driving team and husband and wife. 

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Gavin & Emmett's First Ride - with Mike Fischer February 25 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

This month we had a special visit from some boys we hope are the next generation of truck drivers! Gavin, age 10, and his brother Emmett, age 8, came to K & J to visit their Aunt Cynthia who is a dispatcher. While they were here, one of our amazing drivers, Mike Fischer, offered to take their family out for a quick ride! We grabbed a camera and followed their journey! Check it out below!

This month we had a special visit from some boys we hope are the next generation of truck drivers! Gavin, age 10, and his brother Emmett, age 8, came to K & J to visit their Aunt Cynthia who is a dispatcher. While they were here, one of our amazing drivers, Mike Fischer, offered to take their family out for a quick ride! We grabbed a camera and followed their journey! Check it out below!

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The Early Days of K&J: Dave & Sharon Koch February 20 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

K & J Trucking is celebrating their 40th anniversary of incorporation this month. In the cold February days of 1979, Dave and Sharon Koch and their investment partner Don Jerke signed paperwork to officially become a business.

This past summer, Sharon was awarded the 2018 Women Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Award by the Small Business Administration for her exemplary work in a male-dominated industry. Dave and Sharon built K & J Trucking from nothing; and did it by treating people right. 

This is the story of the early days of K & J Trucking.

K & J Trucking is celebrating their 40th anniversary of incorporation this month. In the cold February days of 1979, Dave and Sharon Koch and their investment partner Don Jerke signed paperwork to officially become a business.

This past summer, Sharon was awarded the 2018 Women Empowerment & Entrepreneurship Award by the Small Business Administration for her exemplary work in a male-dominated industry. Dave and Sharon built K & J Trucking from nothing; and did it by treating people right. 

This is the story of the early days of K & J Trucking.

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Trucking App Review: Stride Tax February 12 2019

Post by: Carrie Anderson

Tired of trying to keep track of a bunch of receipts while on the road? It is no fun using your downtime organizing piles of receipts and punching numbers into Excel spreadsheets—unless that's your thing, in which case, carry on!

But if you're the type who doesn't love the tracking side of the trucking business, the Stride Tax app might be a good fit for you. Keep reading for our review of the positives and negatives of this free smartphone app.

Tired of trying to keep track of a bunch of receipts while on the road? It is no fun using your downtime organizing piles of receipts and punching numbers into Excel spreadsheets—unless that's your thing, in which case, carry on!

But if you're the type who doesn't love the tracking side of the trucking business, the Stride Tax app might be a good fit for you. Keep reading for our review of the positives and negatives of this free smartphone app.

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Rig Rant Video Series: John Schwingle February 11 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

We are now a few months into our new video series, Rig Rant. Today we are premiering episode 4, and our first episode featuring one of our drivers! In this episode, owner operator John Schwingle got behind the wheel with Carrie to discuss his career and how he ended up at K & J! 

Don't miss John's rant on highway speeders, his very favorite truck stop drink, and his feelings about the dispatch at other trucking companies. 

We are now a few months into our new video series, Rig Rant. Today we are premiering episode 4, and our first episode featuring one of our drivers! In this episode, owner operator John Schwingle got behind the wheel with Carrie to discuss his career and how he ended up at K & J! 

Don't miss John's rant on highway speeders, his very favorite truck stop drink, and his feelings about the dispatch at other trucking companies. 

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Rig Rant Video Series: Cody Powell January 31 2019

Post by: K&J Trucking

A few months ago we introduced a new video series, Rig Rant. In this K&J-exclusive series we jump in a truck with members of the K&J Trucking family and learn more about their life, their job, and what it is really like at K&J.

Today we are debuting episode 3 with Business Development Director Cody Powell, aka Snowman, where he explains his job with K & J and tells his funniest trucking story... and it involves a parrot. 

A few months ago we introduced a new video series, Rig Rant. In this K&J-exclusive series we jump in a truck with members of the K&J Trucking family and learn more about their life, their job, and what it is really like at K&J.

Today we are debuting episode 3 with Business Development Director Cody Powell, aka Snowman, where he explains his job with K & J and tells his funniest trucking story... and it involves a parrot. 

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How to Avoid Predatory Attorneys in Trucking January 27 2019

Post by: Carrie Anderson

Are huge accident settlements like the 90 million dollar Werner case shocking you? There is a disturbing trend we have noticed that continues to prove true. Predatory attorneys are hunting for these big ticket accident cases in larger numbers. There are a few factors that play into these attorney decisions. To learn more about the epidemic, keep reading.

Are huge accident settlements like the 90 million dollar Werner case shocking you? There is a disturbing trend we have noticed that continues to prove true. Predatory attorneys are hunting for these big ticket accident cases in larger numbers. There are a few factors that play into these attorney decisions. To learn more about the epidemic, keep reading.

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