Female Entrepreneur Series 1
Tiffany Hardee~Co-owner of Mason Dixon Hauling
Hello! A few months ago I got the idea to interview strong, independent women that are in my life and also self-made entrepreneurs. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I really look up to these ladies. My first interview is my sister, Tiffany Hardee. She is the co-owner of Mason Dixon Hauling, a trucking company, along with her husband, Jay.
Questions and Answers
Question: What business do you own?
Answer: I own a transportation company
Question: Tell us a little bit about your business.
Answer: We haul mostly dry goods across all the 48 lower states.
Question: How long have you been in business?
Answer: Since 2011
Question: What made you decide to be an entrepreneur?
Answer: My husband and I decided we needed a change in our lives and the opportunity approached us to purchase a truck. We had no idea how to run a transportation business, but with a lot of effort (and mistakes along the way), we pulled through and stuck with it. It is hard work, but it is worth being your own boss.
Question: What was your main goal when you first started?
Answer: Our main goal was to keep the doors open to our business. The first year is very tough with competition and cut-throat rates.
Question: What is your favorite aspect?
Answer: The challenge of it all is my favorite aspect of the business. It will through some curve balls at you, but I like the challenge of figuring things out.
Question: What is the worst aspect?
Answer: The worst aspect of being in this type of business is missing my husband. He drives the truck is gone about 90% of the time.
Question: What have you learned about yourself in the process?
Answer: The one thing I have learned since we started this is patience. I have acquired patience that I never knew existed within me.
Question: How many hours a week do you work?
Answer: About 30-40 hours per week
Question: Do you have any employees? If so, how many?
Answer: Right now it is just my husband and me.
Question: Did you start with a business plan?
Answer: Yes we did.
Question: How long before you made a profit?
Answer: It was probably a year before we started making any kind of profit. We were new to the game and did not make some of the smarter choices. Although, we learned from our mistakes, and kept truckin’ on!
Question: At what point did you realize you could make money from your idea?
Answer: It was doubtful at times, but after about 3 years into it I felt good enough to quit my full-time job to handle the job from home. It was the best decision I have ever made!
My Closing Thoughts
I have seen a lot of the hard work Tiffany has poured into her business. It is not for the faint of heart! The trucking business is definitely not a place many women work and you’ve got to be tough to survive. I’m so proud of her and everything she has been through.
If you want to know more about the trucking business, Tiffany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.