Making the transition from professional truck driver to successful business owner is often very difficult. From longtime drivers who have dreamed of becoming their own boss to established owner-operators looking to improve their business performance, back office business support is an often-overlooked key to success.

To help owner-operators in today’s fast-paced world of transportation, Schneider National is providing each new owner-operator who leases on with its Van Truckload division in 2013 with six free months of business consulting services from ATBS.

ATBS is an owner-operator business services provider in the United States. Business services for owner-operators provided by ATBS include: a personalized profit plan, monthly bookkeeping, monthly profit and loss statements, benchmarking, tax preparation and unlimited business and tax consulting.

When an owner-operator leases on with Schneider, they will be connected with one of ATBS’s personal business consultants, who serves as a mentor and coach. The consultant will first help the owner-operator design a profit plan based on his/her personal situation and business goals. Settlement statements are automatically sent weekly from Schneider to ATBS; other business information can be transmitted to ATBS in the manner most convenient for the owner-operator (e.g., email, cell phone photos, postal mail).

This data is then used to create a monthly profit and loss statement that benchmarks the owner-operator against their database of 40,000 clients. This process highlights precisely where the owner-operator is performing well and where changes can be made to maximize profitability.

In addition, ATBS serves as the owner-operator’s bookkeeper and processes all of his/her paperwork. ATBS also produces quarterly tax estimates and performs year-end tax services.

Owner-operators and drivers interested in business or career opportunities with Schneider National can visit