Most products and produce are transported by a vehicle at some time between when they are made or grown and are used by consumers. A start-up non medical transportation company has many possibilities for success. You can create a profitable business with a thoroughly researched business plan, a realistic marketing strategy and sufficient funding to obtain the necessary equipment.
Research the potential markets in your geographic area and the companies that are your competitors. You may choose to operate an 18-wheeler over long distances or service local businesses with a van. You can contract for regular delivery routes or run an on-call taxi service. The type of services you expect to provide determine who your customers are.
Write a business plan based on your choices and the findings from your research. Your plan initially also must be conditioned on the financing available to you for equipment. Indicate if you need an office and people to staff it, drivers and sales personnel. Describe how you expect to obtain fuel for your vehicles and whether you intend to do maintenance and repairs with your own personnel or outsource these functions. Locate space to store your vehicles safely and conveniently.
Detail the various insurance policies you need and list vendors who can supply them. Localities and states require licenses and have rules that you must understand and maintain. A thoroughly researched, comprehensive plan increases your chances for creating a successful transportation company.
Examine the financial needs of your start-up company for one to three years and seek sufficient funding. Determine if you will look for investors, who expect a share of profits, or try to arrange bank loans that require you to go into debt. Consider applying to the Small Business Administration to guarantee your loan. (See Resources.)
Produce a cash flow analysis, even if you have the personal resources to fund the company’s initial financial requirements. These data tell you the amounts of money you need to operate and when you need those funds. A good business plan and marketing strategy can assist you in raising the finances you need to create and operate a successful transportation company.
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