Business on wheels

dump truck business

Dump truck? Why not?

When thinking about the idea of owning and operating a dump truck there are many things to take into consideration.  Make sure that you understand what the job requires.

coal-preparation plant. Big mining truck at work site coal transportationA dump truck driver’s job requires the driver to transport loose materials, such as coal, dirt, sand, gravel, or other materials to and from building and landfill sites.  Operating a large vehicle of this size requires good driving skills and quick thinking.  Drivers often drive though dangerous conditions and the load needs to be safely delivered along with the driver.  Safety is the number one rule of all workers.  Not only are you required to make sure you are safe and abiding by the laws but it also ensures the others around you and driving along with you on the roads are safe.   Drivers of a dump truck also work on a very strict schedule.   Loads are required to be picked up at a certain time and delivered on a certain time.   Make sure you are willing to meet the demand of the load schedule before taking on the job.

Paperwork is also a large part of the job so make sure you are able to complete administration duties as well.  The suggested skill set required for a dump truck operator are: being able to handle the necessary machinery and trucks effectively, being able to maneuver a trailer pulled behind a truck, the ability to be able to calculate the fuel cost, mileage, and completing the driver logs, along with understanding the vehicle maintenance.  Maintenance to any vehicle is a vital part of ensuring your investment is well taken care of and is kept at a condition that is expected of your clients as well.

When starting a new business of any kind there are risks and rewards.  To start a new business owning and operating a dump truck you must first obtain your commercial drivers license through the department of safety.  A commercial drivers license is also known as a CDL.  The CDL is required nationwide to operate a vehicle of this size.   It is always a good suggestion to complete a truck-driving course to get yourself ready for the CDL exam.    Once you have completed your course and your exam you are ready to start operating.

It is better to learn the industry from the pros.  Working for a local company driving and operating the dump truck is a way to learn from your mistakes, rather than opening a company on your own to quickly and making the mistakes on your time.  This gives you a chance to save money for your own dump truck and startup money for the business.  A used dump truck can be purchased for as little as $1,400.00 and as much as $79,000.00.  This price will depend on the age, engine size, and bed size.  To make sure that you are ready financially for the purchase of the truck a decent down payment and good credit help with obtaining a loan if needed.dump trucks

When purchasing a dump truck there are a few things to think about.  Make sure you choose a model with enough power and a large enough bed to be able to complete a variety of jobs.  It is always a good idea to have a used truck checked over by a mechanic to ensure there are no mechanical issues.  Used trucks may have mechanical issues sooner than a new truck, but buying a new dump truck will cost considerably more money.  Taking those things into consideration make sure you can afford the truck before you purchase it.

Starting in the negative with a business is never a good idea.  Also make sure that the truck has a clear title, is mechanically sound, and all the hydraulic systems are all in good working order.

After you have made a decision on the truck you are going to purchase it is time to get auto insurance on the truck.  Make sure and shop around.  The power of the internet is great for things like this. Once you have located an agency that you are happy with have the agent guide you in the appropriate amount of commercial insurance you will need, also make sure to include liability coverage.  It is important to make sure you have the correct insurance when starting a business.

Now it is time to start up your business.

First you want to build a client base.  You can use contacts that you have made when working with your previous company.  It is also important to connect with local construction companies, contractors, and truck companies.  Make sure to let them know you are now in business as a dump truck owner and operator.   You can also make fliers to mail and hand out offering specials and services for free for natural disaster recovery.   This allows you to build your reputation when doing the best job possible during those times.  Going out to the local landfills is helpful , as often times you may need to dump you load at a landfill.  Speaking with the landfill operator will help with understanding the fees to more efficiently bid on a job.  During some jobs you may only have to move resources from one location to another.

Learning to bid a job is very important.  Make sure to research what other local companies are charging for their services.  Different services cost different amounts so always keep that in mind.  Some jobs to ask about may be, moving construction materials to a site for new construction and another may be cleaning up after a demolish job.  Using these quotes will help you with your proposals and designing a pricing system.  It is often a good rule to try and undercut the competitors by 5% for some of your very first services.  A helpful tip is to always match your working schedule with your client’s needs.  If the job starts at 7:00 AM it is always a good idea to show up at 6:45 AM.  This adds to your reliability and helps build your reputation.   With some hard work and smart financial planning you should be on your way to building, you very OWN dump truck business in no time.

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The Towing Business

To start a towing business, you need to be committed 100%. It’s a 24/7 job. You don’t get to go to the movie and relax because every time your phone lights up it could be a potential job you don’t want to miss.

Before you start your own towing business, you need to know if it’s worth it for you.
The average income of a tow truck owner is around $40.000 annually. This depends on the area you live in, the competition and your rates.
So let’s take an example. If you charge an average price for a job $60, and you your advertising and marketing campaign are good and you are getting at leat jobs a day, at the end of the day you will end up making $600 / day,
Some days may be less some days may be more. By the end of the month, you could do $13.200 working 22 days / month.Now let’s talk about expenses. Assuming you are running your business from home and you don’t need to pay for rent, we will skip the expenses with rent, trash, water, electricity. What’s left are the monthly payments for your truck if you choosed to finance a new truck, fuel, insurance, repair bills, advertising, phone bill, damages you may have to pay if you damage your clients car and other miscellaneous expenses.. this could end up to be between $4.000 and $6.000 per month if you don’t have any unplanned expenses.
Let’s not forget about licenses, taxes and dues you will have to pay annually.

You can start a towing business pretty easy. All you need is proper licensing and a tow truck.
You will also need a reasonable amount of money or credit cards available to cover the cost of starting this business. Even if the cost of starting a wrecker business is huge because you need to buy the truck, have proper insurance and paperwork done before you can start working, the return of your investment is guaranteed
Is it profitable? For sure is! Accidents happen all the time, cars broke down every day. Not all the repair shops maintain tow trucks as a part of their repair business so a towing business is a must in every city big or small.

How to start?
First of all, you have to find out what are the requirements of your state and city related to the towing business.In most states you need a commercial driver license to drive a towing truck so you should take care of that first.

After you have your CDL you should file the appropriate papers with your state to create your business entity.
I would suggest you to consider filing for an LLC because this form of entity provides a higher protection for you as a business owner. It protects your assets in case that something goes wrong with your business.
The truck you purchase should be a high-quality tow truck. If you buy a used truck make sure it is inspected and it is in a top running condition. This is absolutely the most important thing in your new business. The truck will be your money maker. If the tow truck will break down too many times you will lose money. . Your whole business depends on this truck so make sure you do your research before you buy one.
There are 3 tow truck types on the market.: hook and chain tow trucks, wheel lift tow trucks, and flatbed tow trucks. The hook and chain tow trucks are barely used anymore because of the high risk of causing damage to the towed vehicle.
There is a big difference between the wheel lift tow truck and the flatbed tow truck.
flatbad towingThe flatbed towing wrecker can accommodate severely damaged vehicles while the wheel lift towing truck can tow only cars that don’t have their rear axle damaged and the tires are able to hold air.
The flatbed towing is the safest one, because it can cause the least amount of damage to any vehicle towed the vehicle being securely chained to the bed of the truck and not dragged from behind.
The wheel lift tow trucks are not as safe but they get the job done and they are less expensive then the flatbed tow trucks.
Now that you have your CDL, filled for your business, get the appropriate licenses and bought your truck, it’s important to get a commercial liability insurance policy. This will protect you, your truck and also your clients. The policy should provide at least the minimum coverage required by your state and also be sure it will cover any damage you make to your clients car while you are towing it.wheel lift towing truck
Now you are ready for work. Visit your local auto repair shops and dealerships to offer your service and keep your phone on all the time. Make contact with the local police to get your company on their roster for accident responders.
To get on their list, you will need to have a higher insurance coverage and a quicker response time.
Put your business card on the bulletin board at the auto parts store and the local bars. Advertise online. Get a website, run paid advertising on Google, Yahoo and Bing.

The best chance to get a job fast is having a paid ad up and running as soon as you are ready for work.
The towing business is not one that the customers will shop around for the best rates in case they are stuck on the side of an interstate or involved in an accident. They will probably call the first number that will pop up when they do a google search for the closest towing company in the are. This will probably be a paid advertising so this is your best chance to start working fast even if you will need to make an extra investment.
Don’t waste your time and money advertising in newspapers or yellow pages. Your customers won’t have the time to read newspapers in the middle of the highway but everybody will have a phone to make a google search for the closest towing company, so make sure you have an online presence. An established website will allow to people that are looking for a non-emergency tow to request for your services online.

When it comes to solving the customers problems you need to be the best on doing the job right. This will ensure your long term success.

armored cars

Armored Cars Business

Armored cars provide efficient protection in high-risk situations. Armored cars are used in military, for transporting money and by civilian to protect themselves. In this article, I will not approach the armor cars for military business but I will focus more on the Armored car for transporting money business and the armored car building for civilians.

Armored cars are constructed to be functional, efficient and above all safe. Armor vans and trucks are constructed on a standard chassis but build to be completely bulletproof and withstand extreme degrees of heat. These cars are designed to resist to attempts of robbery and hijacking.

armored money trucksArmored vans and trucks are used in transporting valuables like large quantities of money from banks and retail stores, education facilities that raise money from fundraisings or cafeteria profits and also by the jewelry industry. Companies like Jared, Kay, Tiffany Co will transport valuable juries to their stores or to the person who ordered it.


quote1                           If you are thinking of getting in a business of armored car transportation,  besides the fact that you need the actual armored cars, you will need to keep in mind some essential things like the insurance policy you will need to have. When you take possession of valuable assets of other companies, you are taking on  a large amount of liability, so you need to make sure that your liability insurance policy has a high limit.

Also, you will need to buy weapons and protective gear for your drivers. You will need your employes to know how to use weapons and protect your shipment. Former military or law enforcement officers may be an ideal fit for this business.

Overall it is a profitable but dangerous business.

first armored car       The first armored car was built in 1915, and it was meant to function like the banking service armored cars today but also as a mobile bank branch.

The armored cars proved their utility during the war creating an increase in demand.

The first armored car for personal protection was introduced by Mercedes to protect Pope Prius XI

Armored cars became so popular that almost all vehicle manufacturer has started creating their own version.

These days any car can be made to be an armored car for civilian use. These cars have the standard window replaced with bullet proof glass and have an extra layer of armor plate inserted into the body panels.

Unlike the military armored cars that have armored plates mounted on the outside of the vehicle, the civilian armored cars don’t look any different from a standard vehicle.

To transform a conventional car in an armored car manufacturers invest an extra $100.000 and being a labor intensive process generally takes a few weeks.

By modifying a standard car to make it an armored car, they also increase the weight of the car with at least 500 to 2000 pounds. This means that the mechanical part of the armored car is subject to a higher force than normal wich will reduce the service life of the car.

armored BMWArmoring passenger cars is a big business. Some of the manufacturers have bulletproof versions of their products, but aftermarket companies modify most bulletproof vehicles.

The first step in enforcing a standard car is to remove all the components from the car’s body. Then the doors and the cavities are cut open, and various materials are stuffed or welded into those openings. The floor and ceiling are lined with ballistic fabrics. The windows are made from a sandwich of polycarbonate and leaded glass.

The tires used are composite run flat tires; wich are custom built for each car. If the pneumatic tire loses pressure, the polymer ring provides support that allows 60 mph speed for more than 60 miles.

All these modifications are not visible from outside.

The best market for the armored car is in Brasil with over 400 cars a month customized cars with armor, bulletproof glass and other security futures. This is due to the dramatic growth of crimes in Brasil. On the second place is Mexico with over 170 customized cars then comes Colombia with over 150 customized cars per month.

This market ones limited to top corporate executives and government officials is attracting a large number of upper-middle-class citizens because of the heavily mediatized crimes.

Also, the type of cars that are being armored changed over the year’s,  as more wealthy people switched from Mercedes and BMW  to tiny and cheaper cars to not attract attention over themselves.

Such a successful businesses can be finding U.S also. One of them is located at the border with Mexico, in San Antonio.

Texas Armor Corporation has his customers mostly from Mexico. From wealthy individuals wanted to protect themselves and their family from kidnapping for ransom to civilians that work on the border or travel across the border frequently.They will pay around $300.000 to make an average SUV battle ready.

Texas Armors Corporation has a revenue of over $10 million today.

Source: Wikipedia




food trucks

Food trucks. Is that a profitable business?

A food truck is a heavy-duty vehicle meant to prepare food and sell it to the public. These trucks can be found in large public areas like parks, sporting events, learning institutions or in facilities like hospitals and the surroundings.

Some mobile food trailers are designed to offer facilities for preparing both food and drink, while others are only designed to sell food and drink that has already been prepared elsewhere.

The history of Catering trucks

Believe it or not, the history of food trucks date back to the age of the dining tradition when vehicles had not been discovered.

When the civil war came to an end, urban workers and cowboys bought their meals from chuck wagons and push carts. Surprisingly, these chuck wagons were fully furnished with features that would allow their owners to store food, drinks, utensils and even wash them. Because of this, the modern day custom food trailer is a true reflection of the chuck wagon.

These pushcarts followed the hungry men across the plains. They would serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cooks who were responsible for preparing chuck wagon meals and drinks would wake up as early as 3am to meet the increasing demand of men who grew hungry as a result of the work they were subjected to at the time.

The chuck wagons were designed in such a way that they would facilitate cooking and storing pots and other cooking utensils. What’s more, they would offer cleaning facilities to enable those operating the business wash their cooking equipment in readiness to serve the hungry men.

However, when automobiles were discovered, the food vendors took advantage of the opportunity, so they came up with modified vehicles that were fitted with all the bells and whistles meant to make their work easier.

In the wake of the 60s, the ”roch coaches” were already out in the streets in numbers. They were given this ridiculous name due to their substandard way of preparing food at the time. They actually set up ”restaurants” in dirty construction lots and alleys.

Thankfully, the millennium came with major changes where food service truck business was involved. Decent parks were erected in strategic places around the city. These areas would serve as cooking spots where food could be prepared in a hygienic manner. It could also be served and packaged in the same manner, and this entirely transformed the world of lunch truck business.

The food truck industry is happily growing even if the economy is slow. The reason is that people are looking for inexpensive lunch or breakfast on to go. Also the time is another very important reason why people will stop by a food truck to get their lunch or breakfast, The lunch hours are getting shorter as the work hours grow.and having your food right outside the door? You can’t ask for more than that. The food is budget friendly because there is no rent to pay, no waitress and no bussers to pay. The food is delivered fast, usually between 5- 10 minutes.You will not have to wait 30-45 minutes until you barely have time to eat your food because the lunch break is over.

The biggest advantage of a food truck business is that if your business is running slow you just pack up and move to another location that can generate more business:

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Type of food trucks

Of course there are countless types of food trucks out there. So when thinking of getting one, you should first know the type of food you want to sell to your consumers. Once you know what you want to offer, you can explore the various types of vehicles to figure out which one meets your specification.

(a) Mobile food carts


These are carts attached to a vehicle so they can be towed to the intended destination. Because they are not large, they don’t allow vendors to do a lot of things where food preparation is involved, but they are less expensive.You can purchase a used one around $2.500. These are the hot dog carts and the ice cream carts.Usually, this types of trailers do not require as much licensing as a full size trailer.

(b) Mobile food trailers

healthy food food truck

These are fully-equipped food trailers that come with a kitchen and an eating area for customers. Vendors can decide to prepare food here, clean their utensils and even prepare drinks for their customers as well. There’s nothing they can’t do with such trailers. Starting from tacos and burgers and ending with healthy food or not so healthy barbecue the can prepare almost anything in between. These find the most business in big corporate parks where the access to the restaurants is limited. If previously the food trucks were mostly owned by an independent business owner, today, more and more big food chains are building special food trucks for their brand. some of these are Sizzler and Californa Pizza.

Food trucks can be classified in 2 groups depending if the food is prepared inside the truck while the customer is waiting or the ones that sells the prepacked food and not prepared by them in the truck. The price on these two also varies, but the ones that have the option to prepare the food on the spot are more expensive. Their price tag is between $30.000 and $100.000.

The amount of money one can make out of this business

The start up costs for a food truck business are different depending on the truck you want to invest in, what type of food you want to serve, the extra products that you offer.The price can start from $3.000 investment in the truck, $500 initial food investment, Other expenses like permits, marketing, attorneys, cleaning or other miscellaneous costs can all add up to $5.000.

Of course, if you want to invest in a more expensive food truck and sophisticated equipment your expenses star around $50.000 ant the total expenses can rich to $80.000 Even at this investment you are way under the start up budget of a restaurant.

It also depends how much you’re willing to put in the business and whether the location you choose has consumers. For instance, if you put in $10,000, you will want to serve 50 dishes at $8 for 25 days a month.

It might sound easy, right? How about adding elements such as drinks, side dishes and desserts? It can quickly generate a decent amount of revenue for your business.

Examples of Concession food truck businesses that have succeeded in the past

A few examples include Easy Slider (Dallas), The Fat Shallot (Chicago), The King of Pops (Atlanta), Korilla BBQ (New York), and so on. The list is endless.

Where to buy a food truck

You can buy a mobile food truck for the price of $50,000 up to $200,000. This is quite a lot of money for someone who is just starting.You can make your purchase online or in Bay Area.

So, is leasing a food truck a good idea?

If you’re starting a food truck business, you definitely want to lease one for a cost of $2000 from companies found on the web.

You can rent hot food trucks online and still get companies supplying you with the food to sell your consumers. Also, used mobile food trailers tend to be a good option due to their affordability. Look for some cheap hot dog trucks online and you should be able to land a good deal.

If you want to start this business, simply gather enough capital to help you acquire a food truck equipment. You also need food truck permits from the local authorities.

How to start a catering truck business: The good and the ugly

The benefit of running such a business becomes apparent when you are your own boss. Of course you will sell more food and drink during special occasion or events in your neighborhood. Again, there are very few legal requirements to meet. If you can meet the various health and hygiene requirements set forth by the local authority, you’re good to go.

The ugly side is that you will heavily invest in food truck supplies only to realize very little profit during off-peak seasons. Sometimes you may also be forced to close business due to disease outbreaks.

The local authorities need you to have a license that shows you’ve met all public hygiene standards. The permits allows you to operate this kind of business in your chosen location.