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Thursday, September 3, 2020

2 Secrets That Will Lead You To Success

Edward Dzialo 9/03/2020 Be the first to comment!

 

When I was a young Marine officer, my first job assignment was to lead an infantry platoon. There was going to be forty-something junior Marines (most of them had combat experience) looking to me to guide, train, and support them.

Before taking over, I was worried about being one of the youngest people in the platoon. I had the least amount of actual, real-world experience. On top of it, I was supposed to be in charge. I was to be the person the junior Marines looked up to. I didn’t know how that was possible. All I had was words. They’d see through me. My challenge of being a leader seemed insurmountable.

With only a few weeks before I took command of my first platoon, a senior Marine officer gave a lecture to my graduating class. I will share with you the advice I received during that lecture.

This was coming from someone I respected, someone accomplished, someone who had stood in the shoes I was going to eventually step into. Maybe he had once held onto similar concerns as me when he was new. And that was why he offered a philosophy on how to lead from the front.

What he said was this: To be a good leader, know your job and take care of the people who work for you. From that moment forward, instead of worrying about how I was viewed, I spent my time trying to get better at my job and by making sure the people who worked for me knew I cared about them.

Those words aren’t magic. They didn’t turn me into a brilliant leader. I wasn’t perfect. However, they gave me a foundation to become better. And I’ve never stopped.

Know Your Job


So why am I bringing this up here? Excellent question. Isn’t this a blog about SPAN Enterprises? Precisely.

Everything I learned about being a leader can be seen daily by watching and working alongside the people at SPAN.

We just finished up our Form 2290 season. As a market leader, there is a high demand for our product. We welcome this, and we’re grateful to our clients. We’ve been helping them file their “Truck Tax,” a term we coined, for more than 10 years.

We became the market leader because our employees know this business, they understand how to help a customer, they spend the time to build their base of knowledge. For us, it’s not just about being great today, it’s about being better tomorrow.

If you filed your Form 2290 with us (thank you), and you had an issue with the form, you likely know how well we handle your concerns and questions. It’s because we know our professions. When you called us, you were helped by some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.

If you didn’t call, rest easy knowing that you can. Should you need it, we’ll be there to answer the phone and help you with whatever questions you have.

Take Care Of The People Who Work For You


This belief gets personified in a multitude of ways. First, we take care of our clients. You’re not a number. You were a hard-working person who needed to file their Form 2290. We will take care of you like we take care of each other.

The 2290 season is a busy time for us. And that’s because we’re fortunate enough to have earned the trust of many of our clients. They return each year because of it.

A person’s true character comes out when times are the most difficult. That said, the more calls we got, the more people wanted to help. Most people took on more work so other employees wouldn’t have to.

Why am I telling you this? Because as the demand for our products increases, the more we want to work for each other and you. This not only fosters a healthy work environment, but it translates into you having the best experience with our product.

TaxBandits


Despite the product, know that the people behind it know their job, and they want to help the people who use it. Call us and find out. We’ll be here.

With 2290 season behind us, Form 941 for the 3rd quarter is next. For this year, its due date is November 2, 2020. File with us and know that there is a whole organization of dedicated people standing behind it. And they all want to help you.



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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Your Port In The 2290 Storm

Edward Dzialo 8/27/2020 Be the first to comment!

 

Recently, I was with a friend who was trying to figure out to file an extension for her income taxes. At first, it seemed easy. A friend of hers told her to go a government website, click a button, fill out one or two lines of information, and it would be done.

But it wasn’t that easy.

After going through the official website, she was led to third-party companies—of which, there were several. After about ten pages and twenty minutes later, she was prompted to pay $20 for the extension.

As I was helping her do this, I realized that I had no idea who was receiving the money or why it was being requested. Out of sheer frustration and a need to just be done with the whole ordeal, she paid it. The extension was filed.

Was there an easier way? I don’t have the slightest. Nor do I know where that $20 went.

DEADLINES


Using the scenario above as a reference, I will point out that there is an “uptick” in people using our services to file their 2290s as the deadline approaches.

There’s nothing wrong with this. We love these people. When they file their 2290 is not as important as their choice to file with us. We will deliver for anyone who wants to do business with us. We’d stake out decade’s worth of experience and reputation on it.

But if you’re one of those people who forget about filing their annual 2290, and then one night, around 1 am, you sit bolt upright with the realization that you’re a week away from the deadline, then maybe you’re also the person who looks for the first solution that you can find.

You want this done. You want it done now. You have other things you want to get to.

Hey, I get it. I file my annual taxes every year, and it’s not something I have a birthday-like countdown for. But that doesn’t mean because you want to file your 2290 quickly you should pick a service at random. 

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS


Even if you are in a scramble to file your Form 2290, take a moment to file it once and do it right.

It’s an exaggeration, but when you go to buy a car, you don’t randomly pick one without any sort of forethought or research. I mean, they all get you from point A to point B, but they aren’t the same.

WHAT WE OFFER


When you choose to file your 2290 through us with ExpressTruckTax, a reputable product with the history to prove it, you know what you’re getting. You know who you are dealing with. If you want to know more about us, look at our website. Give us a call and speak to our trained professionals.

With little effort, you’ll find our address and where our office is located. But most importantly, we are going to file your 2290 for you. We guarantee it.

I’ll say that again: we guarantee it. If we can’t get your 2290 filed for you, then you get your money back. What if there’s a mistake on a form and the IRS sends it back? Great question. We’ll help you resolve that too.

If you woke up last night in a cold sweat worried about getting your 2290 filed, then look no further than ExpressTruckTax. We’re so confident in our ability to get your 2290 filed, that we guarantee it.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Right Product At The Right Time

Edward Dzialo 8/20/2020 Be the first to comment!

 

It starts with that idea to take charge of your future by becoming your own boss. 

There’s no shortage of reasons not to run your own business. The hours are long, the responsibility is steep, and when you have questions, there’s no one above you to ask.

At SPAN, we are proud supporters of truckers and their industry. We’ve seen people just like you, men and women, who possess the drive to begin their own trucking business.

Like my father tells me, it’s not about how much you make, it’s about how much you spend. This belief couldn’t apply more to being a successful busniess owner.

That idea that started your business turns into work. And the majority of this work is done by you. From what we’ve seen in the trucking industry, it’s not uncommon for a married couple to go in business for themselves.

Profit Margins

Let’s keep running with the idea of a married couple starting a trucking business.

To keep their overhead low, they will likely be both the bosses and the employees. They’ll lay out their vision, manage the finances, and drive the trucks.

One of the easiest mistakes for new business owners to make is to think that every dollar they make is profit. For example, if the married couple makes $100,000 in their first year, their profit is not $100,000.

In some states, you will be required to pay yourself. How much is their time worth? For the sake of argument, if each person pays themselves $40,000 and takes the remainder to reinvest back into the business, then everything is great, right? Not so fast.

Running a business is tireless work, especially one where fourteen-hour drives are a common occurrence. When you add up the hours they spent running their business, and you divide that by $40,000, how does that break down per hour/per mile?

Very quickly, you’ll see that the $100,000 they began with, doesn’t amount to what you thought it did.

Every dollar counts.

One Cost-Effective Solution

As we’ve discussed, paying yourself is important. Even if your state doesn’t require it, you need to know how much you’re making. This is going to drive all of your decisions.

For the married couple who runs their own trucking business, how are they to decide if picking up a load at X price is truly worth it? If their compensation doesn’t exceed what they need per mile to grow their business, then they won’t be in business for long.

This is why I am offering the idea of using pay stubs. Pay yourself! Know what your time is worth. Your time is a non-renewable resource.

For the small business that is run by the married couple, they could potentially lose a lot of money by choosing the wrong pay stub generator.

Some pay stub generators charge $20-$200 a month, and then there is an additional cost per pay stub per employee. On the upper end of the spectrum, this couple could be spending $250 a month on pay stubs for two people!

Every dollar counts.

With 123PayStubs, you pay $3.99 per pay stub. This is a very competitive offer. Everything you need with nothing you don’t.

SPAN Enterprises & 123PayStubs

I am very proud to work at SPAN Enterprises. One of the reasons why is because it began with an idea and a few people who worked relentlessly to build it.

Just like the example we used regarding the married couple who started their own business, SPAN grew from similar roots. A product like 123PayStubs would’ve been an ideal tool for them to use at the time (they just hadn’t developed it yet!). To be successful, every decision matters. Each choice will have an impact on the future of your business.

Not all these decisions have to be challenging. Choose 123PayStubs as your pay stub generator. It’ll have a positive impact on your business and budget.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Something We Need Is Facing Enormous Challenges

Edward Dzialo 8/12/2020 Be the first to comment!

 



Maybe people won’t realize the sheer importance of the trucking industry until its too late. Our reliance on truckers is not up for debate: truckers move 70% of all the freight in the US, 80% of all US communities depend on this industry to provide everyday goods. Look around your house, your office, your kitchen, and there is little to no chance that something you’re looking at wasn’t—at one time—delivered by a truck.

If you’re still on the fence about just how vital the trucking industry is, think about what our economy would look like without it. For instance, there would be no fuel at gas stations. Grocery stores would be empty. The days of clicking on a product with your smartphone and seeing it on your doorstep days later would stop. And trucks don’t just deliver goods. Think of garbage trucks, cement trucks, trucks that deliver cars, cement, building materials.

When we talk about the economy, indirectly, we are talking about truckers too. One can’t thrive without the other. If there’s a threat to the trucking industry, it’s something we all need to pay attention to. Two things we must take note of are truck driver shortages and nuclear verdicts.

Shortages

This pandemic has not caused a shortage of truck drivers, but it has exacerbated it. The American Trucking Association determined there was a shortage of 60,800 truck drivers in 2018, which was the highest it has ever been. There was a slight dip in the shortage in 2019: 59,500.

The most alarming thing they stated was that the shortage would increase to 160,000 by 2028. That’s a 166% increase from the highest shortage we’ve ever had. 

Why There’s a Shortage


To point to the coronavirus would be too simple. 21 states (22 if you include Washington D.C.) have shut down their Department of Motor Vehicles.

Why is that an issue?

In those states, there is no way for a new driver to get their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This equates to roughly an 85% decrease in new drivers. Instead of 20,000 new truckers a month, the numbers have dropped to less than 3,000.

Recall that at the beginning of this article that we talked about how important the trucker is to the US economy. How many times have you heard someone talk about the economy? How often does that conversation follow with a concern about the trucking industry? I’d be willing to guess it would be seldom, if ever.

Trying to improve the economy without getting more truckers is futile at best. To lessen the impact, our government has extended the deadline to renew CDLs. So if you already have one, they don’t want it to lapse.

But there still needs to be a way where we get more CDLs into the hands of new drivers if we want to stop this massive shortage.


Nuclear Verdicts


There are a few ways to define what a nuclear verdict is. One such definition says it is when the jury awards the plaintiff (in this case, the person or persons suing a truck driver or company) more than $10 million.

For our purposes, and when it is applied to the trucking industry, we are talking about lawsuits that follow driving accidents. Particularly ones where the verdict is so large that it shuts down the company.

Of particular importance is how these cases are increasing in both the frequency and the size of the verdict. In 2006, there were four such cases with awards that were higher than $1 million. By 2013, there were 70. SInce 2005, there has been an increase of 235% increases in cases, and between 2017-2018 the average size of the verdict increased by 483%.

The direct consequence of this is that the cost of insurance has increased. And some providers have left the industry altogether. As small as the margins are within the business, the cost of insurance is only going to tighten that space. 

ExpressTruckTax


As discussed, the trucking industry is for dedicated professionals. The difficulties within the business demand it. Don’t make things harder on yourself. When it comes to filing your Form 2290, choose ExpressTruckTax.


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