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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:13 pm    Post subject: What Were All About  Reply with quote

I built this forum mostly so the people working with us (M&H) and those wanting to come to work with us could communicate with each other. Not to say everyone visiting this forum has to work with us. We have a few Friends that stop in from time to time as well.

The other reason is because I wanted to let Owner Operators know what we're all about.

There was nothing stopping us from building a traditional trucking company that leases trucks on. We chose to start this business working with "Independent" Hotshot Owner Operators because this way if they didn't like it here, or wasn't making enough money they wouldn't be trapped in a lease with no way out. Unlike other companies the door here swings both ways and we encourage anyone that's not happy with us to use it.

For those of you choosing to work with us you can take this to the bank. If you do right by us we'll do right by you. We'll work hard to keep you rolling and making money day in and day out.

Another reason I built this forum was to help educate the new guys coming into this business and those having a hard time earning a living in the line of work we're in. There's a lot of information available on line, some of it's good and some of it's not so good. The information I put into this forum is based on my 24 years experience in this business moving LTL freight and vehicles and I guarantee if you take even a fraction of the advice I write in this forum it'll have a positive impact on your business. You'll find a lot people doing what we do won't share their knowledge about this business because they're afraid you'll take work away from them. Some people will even offer you bad advice on purpose hoping you'll fail at it. You won't see that on this forum because I won't allow it.  

Our goal,

We want to put together a group of Independent Hotshot Owner Operators that share the same goals. I learned along time ago a group can go much farther than just one person by him self. As a a group doors began to open much faster than working alone. I honestly believe working together we will succeed and each person in our group will make a good living.
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Joined: 01 Apr 2007
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Location: Cut & Shoot, Tx

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gary, tho I do not run for you, I surely wish someone like yourself had existed when I started 8.5 years ago.

I looked the net over for hot-shot forums, how tos, etc. Not much of anything. I joined & still belong to an expediter site, all I could find that was near what I wanted to do. Today, there are several sites that will help with advise to a person getting started, I like your approach the best. Advising folks to get their own authority is simply a hedge against the future. Your rates as loadfinder are extremely fair, that said after working with many brokers over the years.

I've talked to some that run for you, seen your many posts & advise. A new O/O could do much worse. I know, I struggled for several years before I felt comfortable in what I was doing.

Thanks for your approach & site.

Dennis
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dennis, I always enjoy reading your postings. I think we share the same goals, your always welcome here. I think I'll go back and re do the top part of that. It doesn't sound all that freindly.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gary, I too, am glad you started this site. It gets to the nuts and bolts of the business. Though I too started out in the big trucks years ago. Each aspect of this business is different.

Each day we are able to learn and improve our business. With your help drivers are able to concentrate on their driving, not worry about where the next load is.

Tom
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am brand spanking new to this business and cannot imagine working with someone else. The one thing I told Gary when I called him in December was that after all the postings I had seen of his over the boards, I never could find anyone really disagreeing with what he had said. What that meant to me was that he was getting down to the bare brass of the business and has always operated with an open door sort of policy.

Bottom line, it works for me!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I should have said in my April post....

I started in this business in April of 2007 and I had delivered a couple of "billings" but around my third & fourth drops of a four drop load were to be my first C.O.D.'s. While I had been told to only accept cash, I got confused as the third drop was to an auto buyer where checks "on the spot" were generally accepted & so far good to go.

The next place was my first real C.O.D. drop. I was excited as I had driven clear across the country to get it and upon arriving, we started taking care of business getting paperwork signed and I was looking for some cash. Well no such luck, this guy had a cashiers check but we had spoken for awhile and he seemed legitimate enough so I took it. Remember I am brand new and nervous as could be, even though in the back of my mind I knew better than to take that check!

Anyway, the trailer was empty and I had another pick up just ten miles down the road and I got to talking to that guy who was rattling something about his own business with trying to get cash out of a guy in Italy who sent him a cashiers check that was developed and printed off of the internet complete with all the markings one would look for. That cashiers check was worth the same as the paper in your bathroom on a roller. As he was telling me his story, my heart was sinking and sinking fast. I was totally thinking the worst, kissing 2000 miles of fuel away too! As soon as I left, I went and grabbed my cashiers check to go cash it anywhere local when I noticed something. It was made out to M&H Logistics. While I had checked the date, amount, water marks in the paper etc. I never even looked to see who it was made out to as I just assumed it to be correct and glanced over it looking for everything else that could be wrong with it. Ever hear the statement "Ya can't see the forest through them trees?" Yeah that was me!

It was getting late and of all things I didn't want to tell Gary what had happened so I waited until the next morning and told him and the guys all about what went down & it worked out that I was going to be traveling past Phelan, CA later that day. Danny came over to the Pilot on 395 and picked up the check to get things taken care of for me.(Which they didn't have to do as M&H Logisitcs had already collected their part from the guy directly who had paid a deposit) At that point I thought, ya know, outside of a few phone calls and some internet postings, I had never met any of these guys that I just handed a $1600.00 check to with no receipt or proof. So I was still a bit tense.

The point of this long winded story. These guys took care of what could have been a disastrous start for me. They made sure the funds were good and sent my balance to me via check that was at my house before I even got home. They could have kept the balance saying it was prepayment or could have just written me off completely and I would have had no real recourse. These guys aren't like that at all and are as honest as they come. Check the other posting in this segment "Wolves" and you will see just how wicked some of the veterans who know the business inside and out can be. As stated above, you will do better working with a group than on your own and this group is one hell of a group!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Brad.


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