1. What is the SMS Report and how does it affect my DOT?

    What is the SMS Report and how does it affect my DOT? SMS stands for Safety Measurement System.  Its function is to help the FMCSA identify carriers with potential safety issues so that they can intervene and get that carrier back on track before a serious event.  The SMS report is based off BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories).  Those categories are:  Unsafe Driving, C…Read More

  2. Advantages to Outsourcing Work – Keep the Mounting Payroll Expenses Down

    Advantages to Outsourcing Work - Keep the Mounting Payroll Expenses Down   The goal of every business owner is to be profitable. The more expenses your business has, the less profitable your business will be. Deciphering what expenses are necessary or wasteful is important when observing the condition of your bottom line. One of the biggest expenses for any business is payroll and all the cos…Read More

  3. Co-Working Office Spaces and Meeting Rooms

    Available and Flexible  Co-working Office Spaces and Meeting Rooms   Networking can be a big part of growing your business. Schedule your next networking event at the FR8 Solutions conference room.   The perfect workspace is waiting... get out of that home office and into a space that induces creativity and productivity.   Collaborating on your next big ideas? Have the right space …Read More

  4. Need Cash Fast? Considering the Factoring Company Option

    Need Cash Fast? Considering the Factoring Company Option   Not all factoring companies are the same but here I will provide a generalization of factoring companies. You will need to read the details of the agreement with the factoring company to evaluate what their specific details and conditions are.  The design of a Factoring Company is that they will buy your unpaid customer invoices from…Read More

  5. HOS: Hours Of Service

    Hours of Service (HOS) can often times be a frustrating aspect of driving.  The rules are constantly evolving, and it can be a task to keep up with all the changes at times.   HOS The Final Rule On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised four provisions of the HOS regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HO…Read More

  6. Planning Ahead: Tips for making next tax season painless

    Planning Ahead What changes will you make to your accounting or bookkeeping process for this year? Here are a few ideas for making next tax season painless. Consider an accounting and/or bookkeeping product.  There are many options to choose from.  Xero, Sage, QuickBooks, NetSuite, and Wave (which is a free option) are just a few.  Keep in mind the goals for your business when choosing an accou…Read More

  7. Weight Distance Tax

    WEIGHT DISTANCE TAX IFTA is not the only tax you are required to pay when you cross into other jurisdictions. In addition to IFTA, there is the HVUT 2290 Tax (we will go over this in another blog post) and the four states that require a weight distance tax as well (Oregon, New Mexico, Kentucky and New York).  Weight distance tax is typically dependent on your truck’s weight and how many miles y…Read More

  8. Driving a car after weeks on the road!

    Every trucker experiences the massive difference between driving an 18-wheeler and driving anything else. After weeks on the road operating an 18-wheeler, driving anything else feels like a matchbox car. Thank you Tri-state for making us laugh today! https://tristatesecured.com/truck-drivers/the-10-best-trucker-memes-and-why-truck-drivers-love-them/…Read More

  9. The Importance of W-9’s

    The Importance of W-9’s   Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification is required to inform the IRS that a taxpayer is not subject to backup withholding and is responsible for paying his or her own taxes. A W-9 is required from a vendor or contract employee. The W-9 will have their correct EIN or SSN for the required 1099 Form to be sent at the end of the year. Th…Read More

  10. Fuel Efficiency: Part 1

    Fuel Efficiency: Part 1  Steps that may improve your truck to be more Fuel Efficient  Use special apps to find truck stops or mom & pop fuel stations, these apps will help you along your route to find lowest fuel ** maintenance & repair (if needed) prices without going miles out of route for a few cents most will also include certified scales - restaurants - Grocery stores - parking etc…Read More