Want to Partner with Amazon? Here’s One Way.Ramon Ray
Did you know you can grow your small business, if you’re into trucking, by becoming an Amazon freight partner?
During an interview with April Taylor of Opulent Transport, Ramon Ray, founder of SmartHustle.com learned how Taylor’s partnership with Amazon has helped her trucking business grow.
(The following discussion notes are curated by Contentfly)
Taylor works with her husband to manage a fleet of Amazon trucks in addition to their own fleet.
She said that partnering with Amazon allows her to work from home managing her fleet drivers, meaning she can spend more time with her husband and kids while fostering the vision that comes with entrepreneurship.
In their discussion, Ramon emphasizes the difference between Taylor’s choice of work and the so-called “normal” career path. Managing her fleet of 30 drivers between both her Amazon and Opulent Transport fleets allows Taylor to make choices about the benefits and challenges she draws from her work.
While some people feel a nine-to-five, “corporate” job is a fit for them, Taylor prefers to work for herself.
Taylor and her husband manage all the hiring, training, and payment of their drivers, providing a work schedule of three long workdays per week. This option is attractive to drivers, who often spend days or weeks away from their families while they’re on the road. It’s a win-win – Taylor grows her business and her drivers improve their work-life balance.
Amazon also encourages freight partners to take on projects based on their performance. This means that if your deliveries are on time with no interruptions, Amazon will take this as a cue that you’re ready for growth and offer to expand your fleet. Additionally, Amazon supports businesses by covering things like parking and fuel to lower costs for small business owners.
You might be wondering, Why does Amazon want small business partners?
One reason is the shared liability. Since Taylor owns the business if an accident occurs, that’s on the trucking business –not Amazon. The second reason is Amazon’s genuine investment in growth. Taylor said that Amazon has a real desire to spread wealth and make an impact, and what better way is there to do that than support local businesses?
Consider that Taylor had zero startup cost.
Since she was already managing a fleet of delivery trucks, she simply had to provide things like health insurance to their new Amazon drivers. She also posits that a business-minded person can run any kind of business, so you don’t need to be a fleet manager to get started.
This is your shot to make Amazon your largest client! You manage the people, and if you need more trucks, Amazon will provide them.
Taylor says that her work serves the needs of Amazon, and in return, Amazon fulfills her business needs to help her.
All in all, Taylor’s best advice is to enjoy what you do. If you’re passionate about the work you’re doing, it ceases to be work! Working with Amazon has provided April Taylor with the skills to go into any industry, expand her business from home, spend more time with her kids, and create a legacy of employees made up of family and friends. Don’t hesitate to look into becoming an Amazon freight partner – this could be your shot at big growth for your small business!