The Business Of Independent Service Provider Contracting

Business Coaching Benefits CSP's

Posted by Ben Weil on Jan 19, 2020 2:43:03 PM

An Extra Set of Eyes

Dustin Franz bought an RPS route twenty years ago in Pasco, WA. Today, he's a successful FXG contractor with multiple routes. He's traveled an interesting path to profitability.

Buying a route was his first time owning a business. Much of how he learned to deliver packages came from his own experiences plus talking to contractors in his terminal.

Others taught him what they had learned from their own mistakes, and they really couldn't teach him how to be more profitable any faster. It was no fault of their own. They hadn't been trained themselves.

Dustin performed some online research and determined he needed outside assistance.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Tools, Business Results, Management, ISP, FedEx Ground, contractor, Profit, coaching

Do Your Drivers Want to be Safety Compliant?

Posted by Ben Weil on Jan 12, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Are your drivers forced to comply with safety rules?

Or do they want to comply?

If you prefer the latter, maybe you should consider Ashiq Mizan’s unique approach.

Do Your Drivers See the Big Picture?

Ashiq Mizan is a CSP in Philadelphia, PA, who had grown increasingly frustrated with his drivers’ lack of safety training compliance.

Despite the safety training lessons being super-easy, compliance in October was around 5%. Not only did his drivers' indifference put his money at risk, but it also showed that they were missing the bigger picture.

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Topics: Compliance, FedEx, Ground, ISP, FedEx Ground, Business, Contract, Selling, contractor, Purchase, safety

Profitability Profile - Tracy Taylor

Posted by Ben Weil on Jan 6, 2020 1:15:00 PM


YOU CAN'T LET DRIVERS RUN YOUR BUSINESS

Business owners (CSP's) are generally likable. Drivers want to work for them. People enjoy being on their team. Nothing wrong with that. It's a good thing.

However, it's a problem when CSP's are too nice. Tracy Taylor learned that lesson early in his career as a Contractor. 

"I had 12 employees, 15 trucks and two operations hundreds of miles apart. My people needed me to make tough decisions instead of letting them manage themselves," he recalls.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Tools, Business Results, Management, ISP, FedEx Ground, contractor, Profit

What If Someone Buys FDX?

Posted by Jeff Walczak on Jan 2, 2020 1:20:10 PM

Is FedEx about to be purchased?

The answer is probably not...maybe.

Truth is we'll never know for sure until it happens. But don't lose sleep over it because it's not under your control.

However, it's good business to think about and reasonably prepare for change. Focus on things you can control.

Let's take a look at what a sale of FDX might look like for CSP's.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Outlook, FedEx, Ground, ISP, FedEx Ground, Business, Contract, Selling, contractor, Purchase

Profitability Profile - Steve Ellis

Posted by Ben Weil on Dec 8, 2019 10:15:44 AM


RETAINING EMPLOYEES IN TIGHT LABOR MARKETS

Steve Ellis has been a contractor for almost twenty years. Many business owners who've been operating that long think their processes work because they've "always done it this way."

However, Steve's openness to studying and changing his processes make his operations exceptionally successful in a state with some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Tools, Business Results, Management, ISP, FedEx Ground, contractor, Profit

Profitability Profile - Marena Markel

Posted by Ben Weil on Sep 2, 2019 1:07:00 PM


THE PERILS OF BUSINESS OWNERSHIP

Marena and Ralph Markel bought their first FedEx Ground route in 2005.

Of course, they were inexperienced owners, but they were committed to their future and each other. Like many couples who work together, each spouse brought different skills and strengths to the business.

After experiencing significant growth, the pair were overwhelmed by the responsibilities of leading a large team of commercial drivers including:

  • Scheduling
  • Payroll
  • Compliance
  • Training

Would the couple remain happily in business?

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Tools, Business Results, Management, ISP, FedEx Ground, contractor, Profit

Who Decides How Much You Earn?

Posted by Ben Weil on Jul 14, 2019 2:43:41 PM

It's a simple question with a simple answer. If you're a FedEx CSP, you may think - of course FedEx decides how much I'll earn because they decide what to pay for my services.

But it's not the right answer.

Focus instead on two key words, "decides" and "earn."

FedEx offers, or negotiates, estimated fixed and variable revenues, but they don't decide how much of that you'll keep.

You will make decisions during the course of the contract  determining how much you'll earn.

Don't confuse income with earnings.
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Topics: Business Structure, Business Outlook, FedEx, Training, Ground, FedEx Ground, Negotiation, Profit

Keeping Score and Making Money

Posted by Ben Weil on Jul 7, 2019 10:40:00 AM

Wayne Gretsky, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, and Pete Rose. Each was phenomenally successful at scoring goals, points, or runs in their respective sports. Coaching others to do the same? Not so successful.

Bill Belichick, Pat Riley, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. Polar opposites to the previous four athletes.

"What's your point?" you ask.

Business people, like athletes, don't have to be great players to be great coaches and vice versa. However, great coaches can bring out the best in others.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Outlook, FedEx, Training, Ground, FedEx Ground, Negotiation, Profit

WHY Is FXG Transforming Its Biz?

Posted by Jeff Walczak on Jun 30, 2019 10:33:52 AM

We’ve established for quite some time that the Transformation is coming, and now we’ve seen that it’s here.

The entire transportation industry, especially the last-mile small package segment is undergoing swift transformation.

In order to compete and even survive, FXG, and you, are going to have to accept and embrace change as it sweeps through the industry.

But why change the business model, and what does changing the model mean?

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The TRANFORMATION Is Underway

Posted by Jeff Walczak on Jun 23, 2019 2:52:57 PM

We’ve been preaching it, to those who would listen, for years.

Recently, FXG finally admitted it

You’ve been a part of it for years. But I bet a lot of you don’t even know what it is.

Now, you are actually living it.

It’s not being disguised anymore.

FXG has been telling you change is coming, but downplaying its severity in order to not upset the apple cart...too much.

So what is it?

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Topics: Business, contractor

3 Steps to Prepare for 7-Day Service

Posted by Ben Weil on Jun 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

FedEx recently announced that seven-day service will be starting in 2020. This means big changes for FXG Contractors.

"Eight Days a Week" is a popular song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the 1960's about love. According to McCartney, the title was inspired not by love, but by work.

He has been quoted as saying when he asked his chauffeur how he was doing, the chauffeur replied, "Oh working hard, working eight days a week." (Wikipedia, May 22, 2019).

You and your drivers probably feel the same about FedEx' recent announcement to move FXG to a seven-day work week.

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Topics: Business Structure, Business Outlook, ISP Negotiation, FedEx Ground, Negotiation

MESO In the Middle

Posted by Ben Weil on May 6, 2019 7:59:43 PM

 

As an FXG contractor, you will soon have, or recently had, the (planned?) opportunity to leave money on the negotiating table.

How much money is up to you, and will be determined by your lack of preparation.

If you're not bothered by leaving money, then simply picking a MESO and moving on with your life is up to you.

On the other hand, for contractors who rely on profits for your livelihood - you may find this blog post helpful. After all, eTruck's mission is to help those who want expert guidance.

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Topics: Business Outlook, ISP Negotiation, FedEx Ground, Negotiation

eTruck Brings the Knowledge

Posted by Ben Weil on Apr 30, 2019 10:04:00 AM

 

It was early April when forty-five FXG contractors plus a handful of the eTruckBiz leadership team were seated at rows of classroom-style tables inside a windowless conference room. A Saturday morning respite from the sensory-overwhelming casino at the stylish Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip. Day One of an intensive two-day learning session about the latest ISP Negotiations.

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Topics: Business Outlook, Training, FedEx Ground

8 Benefits To Using Our Continuous Driver Recruiting SYSTEM

Posted by Jeff Walczak on Sep 26, 2018 9:19:40 PM

Changing market needs and growing industry demand are forcing FXG, and you, to change the way you operate.

It should now be clear to you that things like; 6-day & 7-day operations, two wave dispatches, 2-man delivery teams (for IC’s & bulk), and other new & different service offerings are going to become standard operating procedure.

These operational changes might seem like great ideas to meet the evolving market demand, but after you think about them a little, you’ll notice that in order to make them work, YOU are going to have to provide more of something that most CSP's struggle to manage.

Yes, in order for you to provide what FXG wants, you are going to need more people.

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BIG Operational Changes On The Way?

Posted by Jeff Walczak on Sep 4, 2018 9:19:10 AM

As outlined in the recent message from Henry Maier, it appears more change may quickly be approaching.

These changes, if and when implemented, will have a clear and significant impact, not only on your operation, but will definitely impact your costs, and resulting bottom line.

We are not trying to be alarmist, but the changes mentioned will fundamentally change the way you conduct your business.

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