How to make the most of your tech when running your own small shipping business

Tech is very important in everyday life and even more so when you are running your own business, whether it is a large corporation or a small family affair.

It is, therefore, a good idea to invest in the tech that will help make your life easier and help your business to run as smoothly as possible.

Keeping track of your workload

It is important to keep track of your workloads as well as your earnings, and you can do this by using a spreadsheet application on your computer. If you use your spreadsheet properly, you will be able to forecast your earnings and be able to see if you have any shortfalls arising in the future, as well as be able to keep a track of your outgoings.

This will make completing your business accounts and your tax affairs a lot easier and quicker, especially if there are more than just you within your business.

Looking for additional work

You may, from time to time, find yourself requiring additional shipping work. This is nothing to be worried about, especially as there are websites available to you where shipping work is advertised. These sites are called load boards. You will find when you first look at a load board such as https://www.shiply.com/us/load-board you will see that there are various types of shipping jobs offered. Some may very well be a singular item, whereas others could be a lorry load.

There are benefits to using a load board for gaining shipping work. You can fill any quiet time with additional one-off orders, or you can make sure that you have a full load when you are out on the road by taking orders that will fill your space should the order’s destination be on your way or even at your destination location too. If you are particularly lucky, you may find that you have some orders to deliver on your way back to your depot so that none of your journeys is spent without deliveries.

Using apps

You can make use of apps on your phone. Not only will you have access to load boards if you have mobile data turned on, but you will also be able to make use of apps such as Google Maps. This means that you will not only know exactly whereabouts you are going, but you will also be able to see in advance if there are any hold-ups on the road ahead and be able to follow diversions to keep you on track for your delivery times.

Having a mobile phone close to hand also means that should you have to stop due to unforeseen issues on the road, you will be able to contact your customer so that they will know when to expect you if you are going to be delayed for a long time. Courtesy calls such as these can mean a lot to a customer and can be the difference between losing that customer’s custom for good or keeping them within your customer base.

Anindya Chowdury
Anindya Chowdury
MERN-Stack Web Developer trying to C Rust. Also writing articles sometimes.

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