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Calculating and Reducing Variable Costs in Your Trucking Business June 6 2019

At K & J Trucking one of our primary passions is to help owner operators succeed in the business. There are several foundational concepts that help trucking business owners build a path to success, and one of these is understanding the concept of variable costs.

At K & J Trucking one of our primary passions is to help owner operators succeed in the business. There are several foundational concepts that help trucking business owners build a path to success, and one of these is understanding the concept of variable costs.

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

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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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Three 2018 Tax Changes and What They Mean May 24 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

Trump's 2018 tax plan comes with plenty of questions, including how it will affect truckers. We talked to Tara Thompson, a tax preparer who regularly works with truckers to get her thoughts on three of the most talked about or confusing changes and how they may affect your taxes over the next year. 

Trump's 2018 tax plan comes with plenty of questions, including how it will affect truckers. We talked to Tara Thompson, a tax preparer who regularly works with truckers to get her thoughts on three of the most talked about or confusing changes and how they may affect your taxes over the next year. 

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Is It Possible to Experience Financial Peace On The Road? May 15 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

Unless you avoid talk-radio like the plague you've probably heard Dave Ramsey while you've been out on the road. If you have, then you likely know about the cash-based envelope system and his educational series Financial Peace University. While both are amazing resources that we highly recommend, you don't have to go full-on-Dave-Ramsey in order to see the benefits of budgeting. Learning the basics of budgeting is a great way to dip your toe into financial planning for your trucking business, and your life. Here are a few tips for a balanced approach to being a financially responsible driver or owner operator.

Unless you avoid talk-radio like the plague you've probably heard Dave Ramsey while you've been out on the road. If you have, then you likely know about the cash-based envelope system and his educational series Financial Peace University. While both are amazing resources that we highly recommend, you don't have to go full-on-Dave-Ramsey in order to see the benefits of budgeting. Learning the basics of budgeting is a great way to dip your toe into financial planning for your trucking business, and your life. Here are a few tips for a balanced approach to being a financially responsible

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How to Become an Owner Operator Truck Driver - Justin's Story January 31 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

We have always prided ourselves on being a family owned trucking company. K&J owner operator Justin Hamann likes being a name instead of a number. “Everybody is family-oriented here. You can talk to anybody and they talk to you like a family member instead of just an employee," Justin said. But Justin isn't the only member of his family at K&J—continue reading to learn about how his family is part of our family, and how that helped him on his path to becoming an owner operator truck driver

We have always prided ourselves on being a family owned trucking company. K&J owner operator Justin Hamann likes being a name instead of a number. “Everybody is family-oriented here. You can talk to anybody and they talk to you like a family member instead of just an employee," Justin said. But Justin isn't the only member of his family at K&J—continue reading to learn about how his family is part of our family, and how that helped him on his path to becoming an owner operator truck driver

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3 Snow Chain Alternatives That Are Easy To Use January 31 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

Putting on and taking off snow chains has always been an annoying, time consuming hassle for truckers -- especially here in the Midwest when it can be snowing and blizzarding one hour and sunny the next! Putting on chains is a cold, slushy, muddy job, but there are a few alternatives you might consider! 

Putting on and taking off snow chains has always been an annoying, time consuming hassle for truckers -- especially here in the Midwest when it can be snowing and blizzarding one hour and sunny the next! Putting on chains is a cold, slushy, muddy job, but there are a few alternatives you might consider! 

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What is the Difference Between an Owner Operator and an Independent Contractor, Anyway? December 12 2017

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Are you new to trucking and don't know the difference between an independent contractor and an owner operator? Have you been here awhile but are afraid to admit you don't actually know the difference? Do you think you know the distinctions, but just want to check to be sure? No matter your familiarity with the industry, this blog is for you! Read on to find out the difference!! 

Are you new to trucking and don't know the difference between an independent contractor and an owner operator? Have you been here awhile but are afraid to admit you don't actually know the difference? Do you think you know the distinctions, but just want to check to be sure? No matter your familiarity with the industry, this blog is for you! Read on to find out the difference!! 

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6 Owner Operator Tips for Being Sick OTR November 22 2017

Post by: K&J Trucking

Ever had to pull over to puke? We sure hope not! Being sick is never fun. And whether it's aches, pains, chills, a fever, stomach discomfort, or drowsiness, symptoms of sickness can severely interfere with your life. Being sick while OTR, however, is a whole extra layer of torture! 

Ever had to pull over to puke? We sure hope not! Being sick is never fun. And whether it's aches, pains, chills, a fever, stomach discomfort, or drowsiness, symptoms of sickness can severely interfere with your life. Being sick while OTR, however, is a whole extra layer of torture! 

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5 Owner Operator Tips for Finding Health Insurance November 22 2017

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It is the very end of open enrollment time for most health insurance plans. If you are an owner operator or operate as an independent contractor, you need to have a plan in place before the end of November so you aren't left without coverage. Here are some quick owner operator tips to help you pick the best coverage, if these final days of November have you in a panic!

It is the very end of open enrollment time for most health insurance plans. If you are an owner operator or operate as an independent contractor, you need to have a plan in place before the end of November so you aren't left without coverage. Here are some quick owner operator tips to help you pick the best coverage, if these final days of November have you in a panic!

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