Auto Transport – Work To The Beat Of Your Own Drum | Transportation

More than six years ago, we started our auto transport business. We had no idea all the ways we could cash in because our business is mobile. We were excited to learn of all the extra tax advantages of running a business out of our home. However, that first year we would learn that there were many more benefits available to us.We knew others in the community who owned traditional businesses. We watched as they worked years with no time for vacations, family or fun. Watching our friends we were afraid to take time for ourselves. We knew we did not want that responsibility or the limitations.What we did not consider was they had a storefront we did not. Shop owners can not simply close when they want to. Travel and time off come at a high price for the business owner. Our friends do not see revenue if their doors are not open and they are not available.However, for our auto transport business it is different. Travel and time out of the office are easier to schedule. When you work from a home office being mobile allows you to take your business with you, even to the Hawaiian IsIands.Who says work has to be menial and boring?Our first year in business was full of learning experiences. Having come from banking it was not easy to start thinking like a business owner right away. Like most people, I was used to rules. Regulations and processes were already in place before I started a job.Now it was my turn to make the rules. The Department of Transportation made and monitored the regulations I needed to learn and follow. The hardest part for me to learn was how to balance my work hours. Have you ever tried to walk by a ringing phone and not answer it?


Determining how to put a system into place the daily tasks of the business came easy to me. It is really all in finding a system that works for you. When speaking with a client it was natural for me to take detailed notes. From those notes, it was an easy transition to the data input for completing an auto transport order.Compiling the file folder was a snap. Name, shipping origination and destination were necessary for identifying the order along with the software generated order number. After the client had paid for services, we filed the folder in its appropriate slot in the cabinet.Although it might seem to some a menial type of business, the exciting part is working with the customers. Each one is as unique as the sands on the beaches of Hawaii…no two are the same. Everyone’s personality is different. Some are subdued some are eccentric and others flamboyant. Each day is a new adventure.Auto transport serves customers needOver the course of our first year, many of our transports were unique. Some days I found myself thinking about being transported to the destination we were shipping the car.Most auto transports are your typical “point A to point B within the continental United States” transports. Occasionally though clients needs will be more exotic. We have shipped client’s vehicles to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, England, Russia, Australia, China, Africa, Costa Rica and the Pacific Islands. Hawaii and Alaska are popular seasonal shipping destinations.The research involved in learning the logistics of these moves makes brokering anything but mundane and menial. Challenging research and documentation takes your business to a completely new level. Hawaii in particular remains our favorite because we were able to travel with our best friends and see the fruits of our labor thanks to one of our customers.One auto transport customer was shipping his granddaughter’s car from northern California to Hawaii. By working closely with this customer throughout the transport process we became friends. We talked about the islands and how it had always been a dream of mine to travel there one day. It never dawned on me that we could go there and kill two birds with one stone.He helped me put together a nice little travel package through his connections. He also put together a list of places to go, things to do and where the best food on the island was served. His suggestions for beaches, snorkeling and unique shows were perfect.By building relationships with customers in your business you can both help each other. When you treat people right and not just for personal gain it always comes back to you in one way or another. Our customer was more than happy with the Hawaiian Island connection our transport service provided. Helping us get to Maui was his way of thanking us to help fulfill a dream of ours.Because my friend and I were both an auto transport broker, we were mobile. We packed our laptops, forwarded our phones and arranged to work from the condominium. Taking our business very seriously, we made a day trip to visit the Matson port in Kahului, Maui and see the shipping operation we worked so closely with.Build your auto transport business and your life… on your terms


Imagine waking each morning to the sound of pounding surf, right outside of your window. Think about being able to hear the birds chirping, palm trees swaying. Visualize watching the canoe clubs make their way around the bay one stroke at a time. All the while, you are sitting on the lanai sipping your hot rich Kona coffee from your over-sized mug.That scenario is real, that is what we enjoyed with our friends for two glorious weeks in Kihei, Maui Hawaii. After a leisurely morning, we both would boot up our computers to work for a few hours. With laser sharp focus we calculated our customers quote requests. Limiting ourselves to reduced office hours we returned phone calls. This allowed us to schedule and dispatch the auto transports quickly. Our customers appreciated that we still cared for their needs even while on vacation.That is the beauty of building your own auto transport business. To realize tax benefits, enjoy freedom of time. To live life on your own terms. No job can give you these things.Yes, its hard work what business do you know does not take hard work? There is even some sweat and a few tears some days. Anything worth its salt will have its sacrifices along the way. Nevertheless, being mobile while building your own business allows you to live life… on your own terms.For those potential clients out there looking for a way to ship their cars to the Hawaiian Islands your connection awaits you. Auto transport crosses even the Pacific Ocean with services available each and every week.

Mine Haulage – A Challenge for The Transportation Industry | Transportation

In any mining operations, transportation of minerals and heavy loads from the mines to their destination has always played a vital role. In the past years, many technological improvements and advances have occurred in the industry of mine Haulage, both the performance of the transportation operation and its cost being overall improved. Mineral transportation has always posed a challenge since the transportation system cannot be standardized because of geological events happening in mining areas. The most common form of civil mine Haulage has been the transportation of minerals using truck Haulage systems. Another system which has been commonly used in the past years is the conveyor system. Because of their limited load capacity, another system was designed: the pipeline system.In the following lines we will take a closer look at the most commonly used systems in mineral transportation that are used today.We’ll begin with the transfer of minerals using the capsule pipeline system. Even though the pipeline system is a rather new technology, there are thousands of kilometers of pipeline crossing through many countries and transporting minerals. But since technology needs to constantly evolve, a new system was developed over the old pipeline system: the capsule pipeline system.


The “Capsule Pipeline Research Center” has been researching basic and advanced applications for the hydraulic and capsule pipeline such as the transportation of solid loads.The system was first tested by the Sumitomo company. They transported solid limestone using the capsule pipeline system. This system revolutionized the mining Haulage industry. Trains of wheeled capsules were used to transport the limestone through a pipeline at a low air pressure. The system is completely eco-friendly and uses only modern technology. Since everything is controlled using computerized systems there is not much need for any personnel attention. This system eliminates the risk that truck Haulage and conveyors pose, since it doesn’t require much maintenance whatsoever and the minerals are safe during the transportation because any harsh weather conditions will not affect the load in any way.Truck Haulage has always been the most common way of transporting mineral loads such as coal and ore from a destination to another. The Caterpillar Company manufactures trucks which are used worldwide for transportation of minerals. Truck Haulage though, relies on weather and climate conditions and also geological and topographic occurrences. The Caterpillar company is going to release the largest truck ever constructed, the new model (797), which is said to be able to carry loads of up to 326 metric tons. Truck Haulage performance is dependent not only on the choice of the truck model but also on weather conditions, geological occurrences, the maintenance and the available planning time.


The last type of mineral transportation we are going to feature in this article is transportation using conveyors.Conveyor transportation is more practical than truck Haulage transportation. One reason is due to the required level of maintenance and replacement of the trucks. During the last few years, the conveyor system advanced radically, allowing the system to work without problems over longer distances and curves. Technological advances have also taken place in the actual design of the conveyor, some of the improvements cover the conveyor belt manufacture design and the support devices. The prevention against surges has also been improved significantly. The conveyor system also requires some maintenance attention like checking the belt and any other moving parts for any damage.As you’ve read above, the transportation system in the mining industry is always evolving and adapting in order to face any challenges and changes in the industry.