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Formerly known as The American Truck Driver Podcast, The Blue Ribbon Podcast is a show about how thrive and survive in the Trucking Industry as an Owner/Operator. Hosted by Larry W. Long and Chris Polk, this podcast will give you all the tools and information you need to become a successful Owner/Operator.
 
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen the cost of fuel skyrocket in the last two weeks. A lot of people are worried. Are we? No. We welcome it. It will benefit those of us that have prepared for it. Most people have no clue how Fuel Surcharge works. We're going to break that down and explain it. We will also talk about rates and lanes…
 
When I invited Larry onto the American Truck Driver Podcast in 2019, neither of us had any idea the impact the show would have on Blue Ribbon. It's turned into an amazing recruiting tool that has introduced us to some amazing people that have joined our program. One of the very first was Seth Coberley. He was eager to learn and came to us with the …
 
Ever since I read the Marc Levinson's book " The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger" I've been fascinated with how goods travel from continent to continent. It's VERY different from how we move goods on American highways. In this episode, our guest is Sara Graham aka LogisToks on TikTok. We've been f…
 
Tony Ramos helps small business owners who owe substantial taxes to the IRS. He is passionate about resolving overwhelming IRS debt to help people get the IRS to reduce their debt by the maximum amount and then agree to the smallest possible monthly payments for their remaining balance.Here are some of the questions we will address: How long can th…
 
Our guest in this episode is Kerry Baldwin. Kerry offers online courses on the Socratic Method of Learning. The Socratic method of learning employs a time-tested method of critical thinking used by Socrates to challenge the paradigms of the people. Seminars promote productive dialogue, civil discourse, and discovery. This is a skill that is learned…
 
Episode 101 would be a great opportunity to make a "101" class to cover some of the things you need to know if you're going to be a successful owner operator.- Generating Revenue- Customer Service- Controlling Costs- Record Keeping- Accounting- Maintenance- Fuel- TaxesWe will do a quick breakdown of the principles and practices that keep us going a…
 
Larry Long first met Kevin at the annual CMC (Certified Master Contractor) conference in 2009 held in Kansas City. Larry was a brand new owner/operator and knew that he needed the advice of someone experienced in the business of trucking. They became fast friends, and Larry even served on the staff of the CMC. In the years since its formation, Blue…
 
Carrie Coffey has an interesting story to tell. She came to work for us in April 2020 right as the pandemic restrictions were being put in place and the country was shutting down. She worked hard for 18 months and recently purchased her own truck from a BCO. We will discuss what led to the decision to come here and how the experiment affected her j…
 
It’s been another busy period for Blue Ribbon as we’ve added another driver AND a new (used) truck to the fleet! This episode is going to be about defying in your business and making it better than the competition. Larry says, in trucking, “There is a lot of capacity but very little competition.” We’re going to tell you about how Larry set himself …
 
This one is gonna be fun, y'all. Larry got his hands on a 22 page lease contract from a major US Carrier, and he's going to break it down for you. To say that he isn't happy is an understatement. This contract is filled with so much garbage that it's stunning. There is NO CHANCE that someone could sign up for this lease and ever survive it. It is a…
 
How tired are you of dealing with brokers? Isn't it time that we use the technology available to us to gain access to shippers directly so that we no longer have a "middle man" taking a piece of the action. Allow us to introduce you to LaneAxis, a platform that is focused on building direct relationships that lead to Shipper-direct freight opportun…
 
You have met Zeke Goodwin before on Episode 53: Highway Refugee. In that episode, he described his experience of being jobless and homeless, finding refuge in a cab of a truck. He has come a long way since then. Now, alongside his new wife Vanessa, he is on a new journey. They have join the Blue Ribbon Team by purchasing a truck, giving it the “lun…
 
We aren’t shy about our opinions of new trucks, especially those built between 2008 and 2015 - they suck! They’re WORTHLESS! Success in business is all about managing risk and lowering expenses. These are two things that don’t mix with new trucks. Trucks built after 2007 are notoriously unreliable and the costs that come with them are generally pro…
 
The difference between success and failure in business is how well you can solve problems. It is the first lesson we teach when we hire a new driver. Adversity is coming. It is inevitable. How well are you prepared to handle all the things that will be thrown at you while you're running your business? We will give some examples of how we deal with …
 
We talk to a lot of people who tell us they’re interested in becoming a business owner. We even hire a few of them. Too often we find that knowing what to do and then doing it presents a challenge too great for some. This is an episode about how difficult it really is to run a business and keep it open. Do you REALLY have what it takes? Tune in and…
 
We have mentioned many times that we have a desire to help people that already have a truck or aren’t able to join our program directly as a driver. The time has come for us to let you know that program is ready and available. We recently learned that an astounding 60% of new BCOs leave Landstar in the first six months. We believe that happens beca…
 
Many great opportunities exist in the trucking industry. We stand by our belief that building wealth is easier in trucking than in any other. However, there are many scams that a driver can get caught up in, and they aren’t necessarily easy to see coming. We are going to discuss ways to avoid getting caught in the web of these predatory contacts an…
 
It’s time to address some hot topics that come up with how the Landstar system works. We see heated debates pop up whenever there is a dip in the market, and they’re showing up again over the last couple of weeks. There is a fundamental lack of understanding of how the Landstar system works and it leads to a lot of confusion and stress. We will bre…
 
Back on Episode 64, we wrapped up the year 2019 and discussed the challenges of the previous year with a soft market and gave our forecast for what we thought 2020 would hold. We had no idea what was about to happen! Join us for our 2020 wrap up to see if we met our goals and how we navigated the most difficult market in history.…
 
In the first two years of operation, 9.5 out of 10 new owner/operators will FAIL. In this episode we’re going to talk about why these new businesses fail, how to avoid it, and how to put it back together after it all falls apart. Larry has 45 years of business experience and Chris has 25 years of trucking experience. Together they have developed a …
 
Operating a truck as an Owner/Operator is tough. It isn’t easy or for the faint of heart. The task is made all the more difficult by a shop industry that is out of touch with the rest of the trucking industry it is meant to SERVE and SUPPORT. Since Larry and Chris began this journey in 2018, they have spent tens of thousands of dollars in shops try…
 
We are joined on this episode by Judy Byerly. She and her husband Marty have been team driving since 2004. They bought a truck and leased it to Landstar in 2017. She shares their story of success and how they used a strong work ethic, and attitude of service, and a passion for networking to build relationships with customers and agents in the Lands…
 
In this episode we are going to discuss what to do when the sh!t hits the fan. Your ability to solve problems and deal with them when they arise is absolutely essential to your success in the Landstar system (or any other system). We cover:- What to do when a load cancels- What to do when you have to cancel a load- Preventative Maintenance Strategi…
 
It's been 20 days since our last podcast. We've been busy keeping five trucks running during this pandemic. The market is down, but it isn't dead. We've had to work really hard to keep everyone loaded, but we have kept the trucks moving. We have found some silver linings and we talk about how we are optimistic for the future.…
 
We're approaching 30 days into the crisis that has gripped the entire world. Markets are shut down and people are terrified to leave their homes. We talk about what we have seen in our own interactions with the market and what we think the future could hold. The Blue Ribbon Business Model is being proven in this time of uncertainty. No debt and low…
 
For us, silence is not an option. We have watched the world lose its mind over the last couple days. Events are cancelled, markets have crashed, people are terrified. We are not allowing the fear to distract us. This is an important episode. We need to talk about what this means for today and what it means for the future.SHOW NOTES:BLOCKCHAIN - Ted…
 
This episode contains a lot of things that need to be said. We live in a time when information flows more freely than at any time before in all of human history. The answer to nearly any question you can think of is available IF you are willing to spend the time seeking it out. In the year 2020, being ignorant is a choice. Unfortunately, it seems l…
 
This is a hot topic and one that we need to set the record straight on. Too often i will hear people say that Landstar takes 35% of the revenue. While it is true that 35% of the linehaul revenue goes to Landstar, it is important to understand where that 35% goes, what it pays for, and who it truly belongs to…
 
We recently discovered an article that talks about how Farmers are buying decades-old tractors because they can acquire them at a fraction of the cost of new equipment and they can actually repair them without the need for complicated computer diagnostic equipment. We use this opportunity to discuss why Blue Ribbon buys ten year old trucks that oth…
 
I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media over the last couple weeks with the #DecadeChallenge hashtag. People would take a picture from 2009 and put it with a picture from 2019. It was an interesting contrast to see the difference in people’s lives over ten years in the social media age. We thought it would be fun to run through the years 2009-2019…
 
DECEMBER 1, 2019Before you make the decision to become and Owner/Operator, it’s very important for you to ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” Owning and operating your own truck or trucking company can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. It can also be a nightmare. If you aren’t prepared with the right mindset and expectations, your journey to …
 
In the last week, Landstar has begun notifying its BCO's (Business Capacity Operators) that they can only continue to be leased to Landstar if they: move out of the state or accept that they cannot pick up any loads in the state where they reside. We took this opportunity to discuss the elements of this story that no one else is talking about - Whe…
 
We have teased this story over the last few episodes. At the end of 2018, we came across a truck that we considered adding to the fleet. This would be the first truck we would buy together. We had to go through a lot to get this truck legal and operating. It’s been a great learning experience. Strap in and enjoy the ride!…
 
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