Have you ever thought about going into business for yourself? If you have, you may want to consider starting a business that provides assistance to people who need help, such as a tow truck driver. This is a guide to what it takes to become your own boss operating a tow truck, what you need to get started, and everything else related to becoming successful in this career choice.
The first thing you need to do is apply for all the necessary licenses you will need to operate your tow truck business. There may be a separate list for both your state and city, depending on where you live. In order to find what paperwork you need, you can contact your local government office. You can also contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain your CDL license to operate the truck.
Unless you own a tow truck or suitable vehicle, you will need to lease or purchase one. You may be able to find a good deal on a used tow truck by searching through classifieds. However, it is a good idea to research the vehicle's history before buying it to make sure it wasn't in accidents or needs a substantial amount of repair that would outweigh the cost of buying a different truck in better condition. Your vehicle will need to pass inspection, so you will need to service the truck to meet all the criteria on the inspection list that is outlined by your specific state.
You will also need to purchase an insurance policy to cover the tow truck, business, clients, and every other relevant part of the business. When you are purchasing business insurance, the insurance company can walk you through each item that should be insured to run the business properly.
Once you have all the necessary items to set up the business, you will need to decide whether you want to lease a business location or operate out of your own property, which is common for a one-man operation until business grows. Upon securing the location, you need to advertise to alert people of your new tow truck services. You can design and print up pamphlets and stick them in mailboxes throughout the community and hang them in public areas. The more exposure, the more potential clients. It is a good idea to have a separate phone line for your clients to ensure that they can reach you at any time.
For towing services, contact a company such as Express Tow & Recovery.