In any small business, you are stuck between a rock and a hard place a lot of the time. Now that’s not to say that everything is a long-distance struggle, but it’s important to make sure that the machine is well-oiled, and this is especially prudent when you’re running a haulage company. The very nature of the business requires going the distance and getting deliveries to their intended destinations on time as well as making sure your drivers are looked after. What are the key aspects you need to think of for it to be a surefire success?
The bread and butter of any transport firm is the machinery. From the trucks themselves to the software you use, the best way to keep on top of this is to perform regular checks or make sure an independent company does the checks every month or so. It’s a lot to cover, but when you’re looking after machinery that has to travel long distances, the simplest things need the most attention. Are you planning on having trucks complete countrywide journeys? If so, having a fuelbox that will meet the needs of the long-haul driver has to be a priority. It depends on the size of the trucks you have, but having the fuel capacity for long distances has to be a priority because it’s common sense. You also need to be cost-effective. What items will you be delivering? If they can be transported by a truck that weighs 10-tonnes rather than a 20-tonne one, you will save a lot on your overheads.
As a boss, the well being of your employees should be the top of your list. Health and safety issues are rife in an environment where drivers could potentially be behind the wheel for huge amounts of time. There are systems in place like tachographs to make sure that drivers aren’t spending excessive amounts of time behind the wheel, but their health can still be affected. Stress is a massive contributory factor to every type of worker, regardless of the industry, but spending 12-hours or longer a day keeping focused is a challenge for everyone, despite how long they’ve been doing it for. Support, in every sense of the word, is the big thing you need to communicate to your employees.
The Small Print
There are over 4000 pieces of legislation in running a company, a lot of fine print! The best way to stay on top of this is to have your business plan contain as much detail as possible. There will be legal and financial constrictions on your haulage firm, depending on what you intend to transport. For example, medical supplies will have a lot more red tape attached in comparison to basic steel girders. And you need to stay on top of legislation as the information is prone to change.
A haulage firm is the backbone of many other businesses, and as more businesses pop up around the world, they will require more deliveries. The haulage industry is unlikely to die out anytime soon, and in fact, it’s never been in ruder health. As a business model, it is one of the strongest out there.