April was a tough month, the first time Haulin Assets lost money in a month. Luckily, the freight market seems to have hit bottom in April and things are picking up. The other good news is that we are still up $9,562.14 for the year.
What To Expect From Episode 48
There are a lot of reason April was a bad a month. It's all tied to the Corona Virus hitting the US in full force and wreaking havoc on everything. Rates were bad and freight was hard to find. To compound the problem I hired a brand new driver, Mike, who is awesome. The timing really could not have been worse for hiring a person. When I extended the job offer, things were still going really well so he put in his two weeks with the other company. By the time he was ready to start running with me, freight was really bad. I ended up paying Mike for almost two weeks while the truck sat because I wasn't willing run for rates that low.
Trucking companies taking ridiculously low rates is one of the reasons rates drop and I won't participate when rates are so low you can't make a living. That's bad for all of us. I stuck to my principles and I didn't want Mike to be the victim of that. Last thing I wanted was to hire the right person and then have him leave because I wasn't taking loads. So he got paid while the truck sat, which wasn't good for the bottom line.In the next few episodes I am going to talk about hiring a driver and will go into my hiring philosophy and the type of person I want working for me. Once you understand that, you will better understand why I was willing to pay him for a few weeks. I think it is a good decision in the long run.
Here are the numbers for the month. Craig and I go over them and talk in detail about how Covid-19 affected everything.
In the end Haulin Assets realized a loss of $-6,010.76. That's my first loss, hopefully they are few and far between. Like I said in the beginning, the good news is that we are still up $9,562.14 for the year.