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How to Start a Passenger Transportation Company
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Fuel is getting more expensive every year. In 2018, U.S. customers spent $2.60 per gallon, on average. A growing number of people are leaving their cars in the garage, seeking alternative means of transportation. As an entrepreneur, you can leverage this trend and start your own passenger transportation business.

Tip
Perform drug tests and background checks on your drivers. This is a legal requirement in most states. Also, make sure they all have commercial driver’s insurance.

Choose the Right Business Model
Before writing a business plan, make sure you have a good understanding of the passenger transportation industry. This market includes more than buses, taxi services and airport shuttles. Ferryboats, cruises, passenger airlines and limousine services are all an integral part of this industry. The same goes for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Each business model is subject to different regulations and involves different costs. A ridesharing service, for example, requires lower startup costs than a charter bus company. Assess your budget as well as your short- and long-term goals. Choose a type of business that aligns with your vision. Check out the best kenworth truck auctions.

Create a Business Plan
A passenger transportation business plan should include an executive summary that describes your services, target market and goals. It also needs to outline the key aspects of your business, such as its name and location, mission statement, legal structure, expenses and financial projections, industry description, competitor analysis and more.

Try to answer the following questions in your business plan:

How many vehicles will you operate?
Will you lease or buy your vehicles?
What services do you plan to offer?
What makes you stand out from the competition?
Who is your ideal customer?
How many employees do you need?
What are the costs involved?
How much do you expect to earn?
How do you plan to promote your business?
What licenses and permits are required?
What goals do you have for the first year?
What challenges do you expect to face?
What routes and service areas are you targeting?
This document will guide your efforts and serve as an action plan. At this point, its role is to outline what you want to achieve and how you will do it. Research the market thoroughly, study your competitors and have a clear understanding of your target audience.

Purchase a Fleet of Vehicles
Decide whether you’ll lease or purchase your fleet of vehicles. Leasing a van, for example, allows you to spread the payments over time. Plus, you don’t have to worry about repair and maintenance costs. The downside is that you might need to stick to a mileage limit, depending on the leasing company.

Buying a minibus, van or other vehicles will cost more. However, you can always purchase used cars to lower your expenses. Whether you buy new or used, check the cost of auto insurance beforehand. Older vehicles carry higher insurance premiums.

Estimate the costs involved, and research your financing options. Small business loans, bank loans, business lines of credit, SBA loans and peer-to-peer loans are all common ways to secure funding. Some states offer grants to business owners who purchase new environmentally friendly vehicles, so that’s an option too. If your passenger transportation company has a unique concept, reach out to angel investors.

License and Registration
Make sure your business meets all legal requirements. Register it with the Secretary of State; decide on a legal structure, and choose a catchy business name. You must also apply for a tax ID number and get a commercial transportation license and/or business license.

#JavaRoadtrip : Long Journey to the East

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19 Agustus 2012
Setelah bermalam di SPBU 34.452.19 Lohbener – Indramayu, pagi-pagi kami disuguhkan dengan dua pemandangan. Pemandangan yang pertama : indahnya sinar matahari pagi yang bersinar dari ufuk timur pulau Jawa. Pemandangan kedua : ternyata SPBU tersebut sudah kosong, banyak yang udah pergi dan meninggalkan sampah yang cukup banyak di sekitar mobil :( …dan harusnya bangun jam 5 subuh, yang ada malah ketiduran, dan kebangun jam 6 pagi >.< Morning sunrise[/caption]

Sampah yang berserakan :(

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#JavaRoadtrip : 24 jam pertama

Jadi libur Lebaran kemarin, saya ngikut si dia ke kampung halamannya di Malang, Jawa Timur. Sejak jauh-jauh hari sudah merencanakan perjalanan ini, dari Jakarta ke Malang akan menggunakan si Rushty, yang artinya akan melakukan perjalanan darat dengan menggunakan mobil, serta nyetir sendiri.

Perjalanan darat Jakarta – Malang bukanlah hal pertama yang pernah kami lakukan. Tahun 2009 kemarin, adalah perjalanan pertama kami, di mana kedua orang yang berpergian ini dua-duanya pertama kali lintas Jawa dengan menggunakan mobil dan nyetir sendiri ^__^ modalnya hanya Google Map supaya gak nyasar hihi :D

Anyway, seperti yang sudah direncanakan, kami berangkat dari Jakarta pada hari Jumat tanggal 17 Agustus 2012, tepat pukul 23.00 berangkat dari area Jakarta Selatan, lalu menggeber tol JORR – Cikunir. Perjalanan sampai Cikunir baik-baik saja. Yang kami sempat khawatirkan adalah mampet di Gerbang Tol Cikarang Utama, yang memang sering menjadi biang kemacetan di dalam jalur tol Jakarta – Cikampek. Namun ketika melewati GT Cikarang Utama, aman..!! Maka dengan hati riang kami melanjutkan perjalanan, diiringi oleh berbagai macam musik yang udah dikemas dalam playlist khusus untuk perjalanan ini.

All the way to Cikampek

Namun keriangan ini tidak berlangsung lama. Memasuki km 67, alur traffic pun mulai padat merayap. Tercatat pada jam di mobil yaitu sekitar 23.30 malam. Dan ini berlangsung terus hingga 4 jam kemudian baru bisa lolos dari gerbang tol Cikampek. Saat masih macet-macetan menuju gerbang tol Cikampek, beberapa kali kami kaget, sebab mobil-mobil di belakang mobil kami kok mendadak hilang, atau malah sepi sama sekali. Belakangan baru tahu bahwa mobil-mobil tersebut dialihkan ke tol Cipularang karena kemacetan sudah sangat panjang. Dan ternyata arah Cikampek udah ditutup beberapa jam setelah kami melewati area tersebut. Yang mau ke arah Cikampek dll diarahkan melalui tol Sadang atau Purwakarta, dan itu merupakan masalah kemacetan lainnya lagi :D

Menjelang gerbang tol Cikampek

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