Auto Transport – The Hawaiian Islands

Auto Transport – The Hawaiian Islands

Have you ever wanted to work to the beat of your own drum?

More than six years ago, we started our auto transport business. We had no idea all the ways we could cash in because our business is mobile. We were excited to learn of all the extra tax advantages of running a business out of our home. However, that first year we would learn that there were many more benefits available to us.

We knew others in the community who owned traditional businesses. We watched as they worked years with no time for vacations, family or fun. Watching our friends we were afraid to take time for ourselves. We knew we did not want that responsibility or the limitations.

What we did not consider was they had a storefront we did not. Shop owners can not simply close when they want to. Travel and time off come at a high price for the business owner. Our friends do not see revenue if their doors are not open and they are not available.

However, for our auto transport business it is different. Travel and time out of the office are easier to schedule. When you work from a home office being mobile allows you to take your business with you, even to the Hawaiian IsIands.

Who says work has to be menial and boring?

Our first year in business was full of learning experiences. Having come from banking it was not easy to start thinking like a business owner right away. Like most people, I was used to rules. Regulations and processes were already in place before I started a job.

Now it was my turn to make the rules. The Department of Transportation made and monitored the regulations I needed to learn and follow. The hardest part for me to learn was how to balance my work hours. Have you ever tried to walk by a ringing phone and not answer it?

Determining how to put a system into place the daily tasks of the business came easy to me. It is really all in finding a system that works for you. When speaking with a client it was natural for me to take detailed notes. From those notes, it was an easy transition to the data input for completing an auto transport order.

Compiling the file folder was a snap. Name, shipping origination and destination were necessary for identifying the order along with the software generated order number. After the client had paid for services, we filed the folder in its appropriate slot in the cabinet.

Although it might seem to some a menial type of business, the exciting part is working with the customers. Each one is as unique as the sands on the beaches of Hawaii…no two are the same. Everyone’s personality is different. Some are subdued some are eccentric and others flamboyant. Each day is a new adventure. 

Auto transport serves customers need

Over the course of our first year, many of our transports were unique. Some days I found myself thinking about being transported to the destination we were shipping the car.

Most auto transports are your typical "point A to point B within the continental United States" transports. Occasionally though clients needs will be more exotic. We have shipped client’s vehicles to Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, England, Russia, Australia, China, Africa, Costa Rica and the Pacific Islands. Hawaii and Alaska are popular seasonal shipping destinations.

The research involved in learning the logistics of these moves makes brokering anything but mundane and menial. Challenging research and documentation takes your business to a completely new level. Hawaii in particular remains our favorite because we were able to travel with our best friends and see the fruits of our labor thanks to one of our customers.

One auto transport customer was shipping his granddaughter's car from northern California to Hawaii. By working closely with this customer throughout the transport process we became friends. We talked about the islands and how it had always been a dream of mine to travel there one day. It never dawned on me that we could go there and kill two birds with one stone.

He helped me put together a nice little travel package through his connections. He also put together a list of places to go, things to do and where the best food on the island was served. His suggestions for beaches, snorkeling and unique shows were perfect.

By building relationships with customers in your business you can both help each other. When you treat people right and not just for personal gain it always comes back to you in one way or another. Our customer was more than happy with his transport service. Helping us get to Maui was his way of thanking us to help fulfill a dream of ours.

Because my friend and I were both an auto transport broker, we were mobile. We packed our laptops, forwarded our phones and arranged to work from the condominium. Taking our business very seriously, we made a day trip to visit the port and see the shipping operation we worked with.

 

Build your auto transport business and your life… on your terms

Imagine waking each morning to the sound of pounding surf, right outside of your window. Think about being able to hear the birds chirping, palm trees swaying. Visualize watching the canoe clubs make their way around the bay one stroke at a time. All the while, you are sitting on the lanai sipping your hot rich Kona coffee from your over-sized mug.

That scenario is real, that is what we enjoyed with our friends for two glorious weeks in Kihei, Maui Hawaii. After a leisurely morning, we both would boot up our computers to work for a few hours. With laser sharp focus we calculated our customers quote requests. The transport rates were sent to the customer with lightning speed. Limiting ourselves to reduced office hours we returned phone calls. This allowed us to schedule and dispatch the auto transports quickly. Our customers appreciated that we still cared for their needs even while on vacation.

That is the beauty of building your own auto transport business. To realize tax benefits, enjoy freedom of time. To live life on your own terms. No job can give you these things.

Yes, its hard work what business do you know does not take hard work? There is even some sweat and a few tears some days. Anything worth its salt will have its sacrifices along the way.

Nevertheless, being mobile while building your own business allows you to live life… on your own terms.

Here to Serve

Carla J Gardiner

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  • There is so much peace and comfort in owning your own business, especially for us mom’s and grandma’s who want to be there for our family… or to take those vacations when they come up! Freedom is precious – it’s worth getting the knowledge and investing in ourselves to have this liberty of working from home! Thanks for sharing, Carla…. you are a great leader!

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      Susan,

      You really nailed what this is all about. Freedom of our time is so precious. I almost lost sight of what was important as I climbed the corporate ladder. I was chasing all the wrong things in life. It was when my first grand daughter came along that the light bulb came on. Thank goodness I jumped on the business opportunity that presented itself in auto transport brokering. Not one day goes by that I don’t count my blessings of being free to work from wherever I am.

      There are some things within the industry that really frustrate the heck out of me. It is these things that drive me to share with others and lead them to help reverse the parts that are not right. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, we sure appreciate you.

    • Yes, Susan you are so right. The grandma in me really comes out when I’m working. Taking care of others and their needs is a big part of being a business owner and an auto transport broker both. I honestly can’t imagine being tied down to a job working for someone else, on their schedule at their wage.

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  • Anonymous

    Carla, I guess that’s what you call “door-to-door” service (although I know from what you’ve told me that the term means something else). But Hawaii? This business is sounding more and more appealing!

    • That’s right Sharon. Even to Hawaii if they want the added service they can get the car delivered to them, in their city on the island. Isn’t that something? I’m looking forward to our next trip back to Maui and working from the lanai:)

      • Anonymous

        That’s pretty amazing. And do I understand that you’re going to be showing people how to set themselves up in the auto transport broker business? If it’s set up right and the right level of service is provided, I would imagine it could be an interesting work-from-home business!

        • Yes, Sharon you understand correctly. Anyone who has a desire to build equity in a business for themselves instead of someone else can discover auto transport, too. With more than six years of experience in the trenches it’s time I share the wealth of knowledge and help others find the lifestyle and freedom I discovered in working from home.

  • Awesome post!! it is truly appealing, if one is passionate about the work the individual is doing then there is no scope for it being menial or boring or whatever. A business is where you are the boss and you are the slave, no bossiness stuff:).

    • Thank you Anusha. I never knew how passionate I would become as an auto transport broker. But, when you figure out that YOU are responsible for ALL the processes in your business your passion really comes to the fore. When my grand-babies started arriving that passion took on a whole new meaning. It gives our whole family the chance for true lifestyle. We’ve managed to put the slavery on the chopping block and have learned how to manage our tasks so that we are not enslaved to build our business and no bossiness is allowed:)

      • Thats so nice of you Carla, I genuinely appreciate you , for implementing your ideas. “emotions” do change lifestyle, I agree.

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