Sean Lyden

The Decisions Involved With Building A Custom Expedite Truck

If you're an expedite owner-operator--or in the process of becoming one--your decisions on how you build your truck directly impact your productivity ...

How Expediters Can Put ‘Profit First’ to Secure Their Financial Future

You’re working long hours, running a lot of miles, and generating a lot of revenue. But it never fails. No matter how ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Knowing When to Find Another Carrier

Today, the market landscape has changed, with numerous carriers vying for a bigger slice of the expedited trucking pie. And while the increase in competition has driven down pay rates over the years, it has also created more options for owner-operators and fleet owners, who may not be happy with their current carrier. ... Full story

7 Lessons for Overcoming Obstacles to Your Success in Expediting

You're blindsided with news that your carrier is getting out of the business, and now you're scrambling to find another company before you burn through cash reserves. Or, you've added a new $180,000 expediter truck to your fleet, but it's parked, not earning any income, because freight has slowed down. ... Full story

Cargo Van, Straight Truck, Tractor: Which is Best for Your Expedited Trucking Business?

If you’re looking to become an expedite owner-operator, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is the vehicle you’ll drive. That’s because your vehicle -- whether it’s a cargo van, straight truck, or tractor-trailer -- determines which trucking carriers you can sign with, what size and types of loads you can take on, and ultimately how much money you’ll be able to make (and keep). ... Full story

Expedite Expo 2016 Recap: Expanding Your Knowledge - and Network - to Win in Today’s Freight Market

When the trumpet player sounded the traditional Kentucky Derby call at 9:00 a.m. on July 15, at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky., the 16th annual Expedite Expo was off and running - a “race” packed with education, networking, and entertainment. And it finished strong the next day with a driver appreciation BBQ at 4:00 p.m. ... Full story

Owner Operator or Fleet Driver: Which is Right for You?

If you’re considering expedited trucking, perhaps you’re looking to find an interesting 'post-retirement' career, start a venture that you can do with your spouse, or travel the country while getting paid to do it. Whatever your goal, you’re likely asking the question - should I become an owner-operator or start as a driver employed by a fleet owner? ... Full story

Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Eliminate Driver Distraction

The temptation is strong. You’ve been driving for hours and want some sort of diversion to break up the monotony. I’ll just check something real quick on Facebook. No big deal, right? I can do this. But then a brief glance turns into an extended thumb scroll. A text pops up on the screen, and you feel a compulsion to respond. You know better but just can’t seem to help it... ... Full story

Five-Point Checklist for Aspiring Expediters

You're considering becoming an expediter to be your own boss, set your own schedule, see the country. Or, perhaps, you even dream of owning your own fleet of trucks in the future. Whatever your ambitions, the expedite business is just that -- a business -- and that involves both risks and rewards. ... Full story

7 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Van for Expediting

If you're considering becoming an expeditor but not ready to take the plunge and invest $200,000 for a new straight truck, consider a lower risk option: an expedite van. You can get into a fully equipped van for under $70,000. And if it's rated under 10,001 gross vehicle weight, you can avoid many of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, such as hours of service requirements, which add a lot of complexity and cost to your business. ... Full story

Author info

Sean Lyden