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carter's expressOur partner of the month for November is Carters Express. We caught up with Jonathan to chat with him about how the company got started and what keeps them trucking.

  • Please tell us a little more about your business.

I’m a small country-town based business. I’d wanted to get into Hotshotting for a long time and this year I decided to go ahead and take the leap. I have one truck and another one on the way. I had not been in trucking my whole life though I’ve always been around it. I’m working for the future, I’m working for my daughter, doing the best I can do.

  • When did you get started?

I started in December last year. I bought the truck then. I started driving in the new year.

  • What is most challenging about what you do for a living?

Getting my authority was challenging. Making sure that we were legal.

  • What advice would you give to someone just starting out in this business?

I could tell anybody you are not going to make it when you first get into it. Be patient. That’s just business.  If someone wants to get into it, start by working with what you’ve got. Buy an old truck and later, when things are going well, buy a new truck. Don’t get into debt over $100,000. I can truly say that I am learning this all on my own. Google helps. Also, learn to do some repairs yourself. Have some money set aside for the first year. There’s a lot to be learned.

  • Anything you would like to add?

I picked Pay4Freight because one Friday evening a lady from  Pay4Freight called and unlike so many of the other people wanting something, she was helpful and gave me some really sound advice and I could tell her heart was in the right place. So many other factoring companies try to get my business but I say no to them.