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Road Map to Riches

[ 0 ] Sep. 1, 2010 | SBO Editor

In March of 2009, as other companies across the nation were laying off workers or worse yet, shutting down permanently, Philip Nenadov was launching The Transportation Network Group (TNG) and his new company’s  storefront and training center, Coverloads.com. Using the web, TNG is offering on a national scale a lucrative home business opportunity through teaching people how run their own business as a trucking agent. Once trained, graduates of the Coverloads.com program use phone, fax and e-mail to assist trucking companies with finding freight to haul and making arrangements for the transport. Agents earn a commission on each load they cover, which can be a large chunk of cash, especially if the haul is a long one.

“A truck agent who has good customer service skills and works full time hours can make in excess of $100,000 a year,” says Nenadov. To achieve success in this business, however, he stresses that students must possess a service oriented attitude. “Safety, combined with service in this industry breeds customer loyalty and satisfaction,” he says, adding that “and if you can’t service the sale, the sale is no good.”

The cost for training is $795 and includes an apprenticeship program and job placement to get graduates on the road toward building a clientele and start the revenues rolling in to their own home-based business. “We train, we place and we support our graduates,” Nenadov says, adding “our ultimate goal is for our graduates to be successful.”

Trucking agents will also need a dedicated fax line, high speed Internet access and a phone to get started. This opportunity is ideal for anyone who has been displaced by the weakened economy or is seeking a legitimate means of working from home for any reason, asserts Nenadov.

Trucking agent Sam Moser has direct experience with personal financial instability due to shifting economies. A tool designer by trade, most recently his employment primarily entailed training associates in Mexico or Singapore to do his job. Outsourcing, combined with more sophisticated software in his industry steadily eroded his employment opportunities. Through automation and exportation, Moser’s position had been eliminated twice within the last six years. Fed up with the job insecurity, he started looking into other options.

Moser trained with Nenadov and discovered that aside from making a solid living, another major perk to piloting your own trucking agent business is the ability to schedule work around your life, rather than the other way around. Last year, when his wife received a job offer in Illinois that was too good to turn down, he had to temporarily close shop from August through September to focus on getting moved from Minnesota to Illinois. Once he was able to handle that challenge, he could jump right back into the work. Running his own home-based trucking agent business, explains Moser, empowers him to decide how much he wants to make and how he wants to manage his time. “I know I’m in control of where it is I end up…I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make some serious money over the next ten months,” he says.

Many people are skeptical of home-based business “opportunities,” and rightly so, as so many turn out to be scams. Mike Termini, a former federal police officer for the Department of Defense, and a fresh out of class graduate, admits he was suspicious at first and took Nenadov to task in an effort to try and find reasons why it wouldn’t work. He admits he couldn’t find the pitfall in the plan, but the results ultimately sold him. He started making money his first day out of training and says he’s already gotten more freight lined up than he can move.

An eight-year veteran of the trucking industry, Nenadov says the recession was the mother of invention for his truck agent training service. “I saw an opportunity to help people master their own destiny by starting a home-based business in an industry that is pretty much recession-proof,” he explains.
Impervious to marketplace ups and downs, the freight trucking industry has a history of plowing through economic dips without breaking its growth stride. For example, between 1990 and 2006, the volume of goods shipped by transfer trucks increased by 40 percent and revenues doubled during that 16 year period according to data compiled by the American Trucking Association (ATA), a national trucking trade association. While the current economy steadily sheds jobs in other areas, the trucking industry and support services are projected to remain strong well into 2018. In 2006, motor carriers moved about 11 billion tons of freight. By the year 2018, the demand for motor carrier transport services will expand to 14 billion tons, an increase of about 30 percent according to ATA reports.

New federal regulations expected to roll out by the summer of 2010 will also keep truck agents very busy. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) along with state partners have started implementing Compliance, Safety and Accountability 2010, a newly compiled set of federal safety requirements. Those trucking companies that are not within compliance of the new standards set by the feds will get forced to shut down. Yet the demand for freight shipment is expected to consistently increase, along with the need for more agents, adding value to this skill. “A shortage of trucks will come from these regulations, which will drive up rates, allowing truckers and agents to make more money,” says Mike Tucker, an independent trucking agent with Landstar System Inc., who also works with Nenadov mentoring graduates of Coverloads.com.
At present, truck agent classes are only offered over the web, but Nenadov is seeking sites to host training sessions in a traditional classroom setting. For information on available time slots and to sign up for classes visit TNG on the web at www.Coverloads.com.

The website provides all of the information and contact data entrepreneurs need to learn how to get started with their own business as a trucking agent. If you’re interested in working from home, this could be the perfect business opportunity for you to consider now!

Philip Nenadov launched The Transportation Network Group during the height of the recession. The company shows no signs of slowing down! Philip, shown on the phone, dials up success for his new company’s storefront and training center, Coverloads.


Category: Magazine, Small Business Opportunities, Small Business Opportunities Sept 2010