I’ve tried to stay away from the subject, but some people in this business need a little education about LIBERTY AND FREEDOM before it is totally gone for good. Are there greedy and bad players playing dirty games on participants in the trucking industry? YES. Every time someone says yes to them, they win and they are substantiated as viable to the transaction they made. If you support their practice by rewarding them with your services, you have no right to complain, AT ALL. You have agreed to become an equal part of the problem.
The United States of America is meant to be a FREE nation with a FREE economy. We have the right to say yes, and we sure as hell have the right to say NO. Asking the Federal Government to further regulate our free market (albeit already highly regulated and manipulated) system is a DOUBLE EDGED SWORD. Can anyone please tell me exactly what the government does that is right and good and all of the ever flowing benefits that come without damage to anything else or anyone else from the so-called good done by said government action?
IF/WHEN government gets its tentacles into the middle of any business transaction between any two parties and determines that one or the other can’t make less than $_____, they also are introduced to the thought that one or the other shouldn’t make MORE than $______. Minimum wage laws actually also imply a maximum possible wage and a ceiling of opportunity. I didn’t practice my right to start my business to wind up being told what the maximum amount I could make is. There were NO guarantees, I took a calculated risk for the chance and opportunity to reach as high of a reward as possible.
When I see news articles state that “The shipping rate issue has gotten so bad that the industry wrote a letter to Congress this week, ASKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE THE TRANSACTIONAL MARKET and increase price transparency.”, I cringe. Trump said “All they want is to be treated fairly, and WE’RE going to treat them fairly. What they’re asking is ALMOST NOTHING in many cases … we’re going to take care of them.” (Just like people who get “minimum wage” are “taken care of”!?) TELL ME THE LAST TIME GOVERNMENT ACTION TREATED ANYONE FAIRLY!?
If you were foolish enough to start a trucking company and accept less than profitable rates, you are just as big of a part of the “problem” as the person who bid on that lane/load/job and suckered you into taking it at a less than a profitable rate. Do brokers buy trucking services for far less than they get paid? Yes. Do (some) truckers accept accept this practice? YES. If the answer to the latter was NO, then the brokers wouldn’t be getting away with the former. If your mind is weaker than a broker who’s trying take advantage of you (because they perceive that you are in a state of desperation), and you “run your business” with a sense of desperation and accept a lousy rate, you will always resort to making poor decisions and you really have no “business” “competing” against more experienced owner operators and other trucking entities that are not desperate to accept a poor rate for the freight being handled. If you don’t know your costs, and accept payment for your services that is below your costs, you have no business. Shut down and get a JOB working for someone who knows how to run a trucking business. You may know how to operate a truck and handle freight, but that doesn’t mean you know how to operate a business and handle the sales aspect at a profit for the services you provide.
Are there dirty sharks in this business? YES. There are dirty sharks in EVERY business. It’s OUR responsibility to SELF-GOVERN ourselves. Don’t act like a COWARD and go begging for government protection that will surely come at the high cost of further restrictions and regulations and the likely imposition of maximum allowable profit or opportunities.
FREEDOM MUST BE EXERCISED, and when it’s not, you get what you asked for. In ANY market, the key is to buy low and sell high. A free market will determine price. Exercising the freedom to say NO is key. If a bunch of dupes manage to get trucks and took on all the responsibilities of having them, and then bought high and sold their services for low, and then suffer (FROM THEIR OWN MISTAKES OF SAYING YES WHEN THE REST OF US SAID NO), they GET WHAT THEY HAVE COMING.
The truth is that this applies to company driver’s wages as well. For decades drivers have by their own free choice accepted poor wages, THUS the most important sector in interstate commerce (Interstate commerce does not happen without trucks and truck drivers) offers nearly the lowest wages and one of the hardest lifestyles by comparison to all other sectors in major industries that directly rely on interstate transportation. Driver wage standards should and could be double, even more. We don’t need the government to impose that, we need to impose that ourselves.
KNOW YOUR WORTH BEFORE YOU GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR SERVICES AWAY TO ANY ACTOR WHO HAS THE INTENT TO DRIVE DOWN THE VALUE OF YOUR WORTH…. before The government decides it has the power to tell you that you have to say YES to anything you deem as unacceptable.
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