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How to start a transportation business in USA

 
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Posted On : Mon Jan 14th,2019

 
The economic, social and political life of a modern country depends upon an efficient system of transportation. The transport industry plays a vital role in the economy of a country. Within the United States, there are thousands of transportation companies which operate on local, regional, national and international level, providing transport and cargo services to millions of people every day.
 

Types of transportation:

There are potentially hundreds of different types of transportation businesses running across the globe. Starting from;

  • Taxi service

  • Bicycle rental

  • Limousine service

  • Owner/ Operator trucking

  • Moving van business

  • Specialty transportation

  • Livestock transportation

  • Boat

  • Air transport

  • Marine shipping

  • Medical transport

  • Senior services

Truck transportation holds much more importance than all the others as businesses of all sizes rely upon the trucking business to keep up quick conveyance times and convey items securely everywhere throughout the country. The trucking business handles substantially more load than trains, ships or planes - and without trucks, products would never go from rail yards, ports and airplane terminals to their final destination. If the trucking business quit rolling, the U.S. economy would come to a standstill.

Step by step guideline for starting a transport business:

Before starting a transport business, a thorough understanding of the basic principles and customs of the industry is essential whether operating at local, regional, provincial, national or international level.

Before starting your own transportation service you need to decide whether you want to work on a long-haul operation or an in-town service.

Before starting a transportation or logistics company, do your homework. Learn how to build a sustainable business empire!

Define your business program:

The final business plan should include your company name, the type of transport you are starting, location, partners, stakeholders, budget, etc. devise a plan which you think will work out for you. Then register your business name with the Secretary of State in your area.

Plan your budget

In some cases, the entrepreneur starts these businesses with little to no capital, relying totally on the business revenue to cover all expenses. This lack of capital curtails marketing activities which naturally leads to a distressed business which is unable to survive the fierce marketing competition.

How to arrange for money?

There are a number of companies in the United States which provide the business loan at different terms and conditions. The simplest one is consulting a bank and selecting a loan plan which suits you.

You can also consider different government funding agencies, or getting a business partner. Always make sure to get an insurance plan for your vehicle.

Determine What Kind of Business You Want

Decide what type of business you want to run; a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation(C corp. and S corp.) Each has its own pros and cons so do your research figure out which one you want as each one has different requirements to fulfill.

Get a Federal Tax ID Number:

It is required for all types of corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. It is not applicable for a sole proprietorship company unless intend to hire an employee(s).

Insurance

You need to buy an insurance package for your business as well as for your drivers and vehicles ensuring that all drivers and vehicles are insured as required by the jurisdiction. This includes worker’s compensation insurance for your employees and cargo insurance for your vehicles. Again, it depends on the type of business you run.

Get Your Business License

Consult local municipal office to determine what type of license will be required to run your business legally. You also need to register your business with the Secretary of State. Visit the website and get specific information from there and in case you don’t understand their terms and conditions, you can also pay a short visit to their office.

Conclusion

There are a lot of complexities in establishing a transportation business, so before you set off on your journey, do lots of research and homework. Once you are ready to file the paperwork and hiring employees, contact a business advisor to guide you through the process.

 

 

  


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