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How Can DDI Help Your Business? Insurance

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At DDI, we understand the ins and outs of the ever-changing world of insurance. When a company signs up with DDI, they get a team of specialists who handle all insurance renewals. The team is also here to help in the event a driver partner gets injured or in an accident, thus offering you and them peace of mind knowing they’re in good hands.

Let DDI Handle Your Insurance.

At DDI, we want nothing but the best for our clients and driver partners. Having to deal with the rules, regulations and many other facets of insurance coverage can be overwhelming, especially to someone who is self-employed!  That’s why we have a dedicated team to help with insurance needs so you don’t have to worry, whether you’re a driver or a client.

Here are some of the things that we offer:

  • Perform Insurance Carrier Audits
  • Incident / Accident Management
  • Driver / Worker Injury Assistance
  • Client Coverage Renewals
  • Corporate Insurance Renewals
  • Underwriting New Coverage

We offer various benefits to both companies, as well as to the drivers. In addition to Insurance, DDI’s other programs – Compliance, Recruitment, Enrollments and Accounting – are instrumental in how we help our delivery companies attract and retain the right drivers.

If you’re interested in becoming a client with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 3, or you can email us at sales@ddiwork.com.

If you want to learn more about our driving opportunities, simply visit: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/.

We look forward to working with you, and making your lives easier!

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Accounting

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Do you operate a delivery or courier company and find it overwhelming to keep up with the HR side of the business? Do you feel you’re spending more time on accounting than your own business?

DDI knows how frustrating all of this can be, especially when you have multiple things on your plate while trying to run your business and build its success. We understand how valuable time and money is, which is why we want to share with you as to what makes DDI so great at handling specific accounting tasks!

 Let DDI do the work for you!

We’ve discussed Recruitment and Enrollment the past few weeks, and now we are going to tell you why Accounting is another important reason as to why DDI is the right solution for your company’s back-end needs.

So what makes DDI so great at handing accounting specific tasks for companies? It’s the compliance items we catch in the accounting process. Such as, showing drivers the pay for the leasing equipment or being charged for their mistake. When you make a partnership with DDI, you immediately gain all this time to focus on building your company’s success in this very popular marketplace. Now, we want to show you how you can continue with this by turning your attention to the topic of:

ACCOUNTING

At DDI, we want nothing but the best for you and the drivers, which is why we pride ourselves in being 100% accurate in everything we do. We are always here to help if there are ever any issues from the driver’s pay period, how many deliveries they are getting, etc.

Our accounting department is built to keep an arm’s length between you and the drivers! We keep track of all the expenses to make tax filing for drivers easier. All you have to do is submit the amount of deliveries each driver did with the gross delivery fees earned for the week into our system every Monday. That’s it! You will no longer be responsible for cash in the office, processing payroll or keeping up with expenses. Best of all, each driver can receive their direct deposit into their account every Friday.

We have the most efficient technology that runs all of this. Being paperless and having customizable accounting cycles creates a positive relationship between the company and the client. Let us help you by saving you time and your business money. It’s that simple!

When it comes time to work out all the numbers, we handle it all. Here’s a brief recap of what we can do, but not limited, for you:

Year-end driver tax work
Paycard option
Worker tax packets: 1099-misc and 1099k processing
Weekly secure, online settlement processing
Paperless Accounting
100% outsourced ‘payroll’
Tax assistance
Income verifications for loans…etc
And more!

In addition to Accounting, DDI’s other programs –Compliance, Recruitment, Enrollments and Insurance – are instrumental in how we help your company attract and retain the right drivers. If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 3, or you can email us at sales@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/. We look forward to working with you!

For Courier Companies: http://bit.ly/CourierPacket_DDI
For Restaurant Delivery Companies (RDS): http://bit.ly/RestaurantDelivery_DDI 

 

4 Tips to Safely Share the Road this Summer

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We’re in the middle of the summer season, which means more people are out on the road. As a driver, it’s important to be extra cautious and to be on the lookout for pedestrians and those sharing the road with you. We thought we’d provide you with a few tips on how to stay extra safe when driving this summer.

1.    Pay Attention and Stay Alert

This is probably the most important (and maybe most obvious?) tip of all. There will always be a distracted driver on the road: looking at their phones, daydreaming, eating or reaching for something inside of their car. It happens all the time and it’s up to you to be alert and to always be aware of your surroundings. You also need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and bike riders. They will always have the right away and it can be hard to predict what their next move is going to be. It’s up to you to always be thinking at least two steps ahead.

Another important note is to avoid tunnel vision while you are driving. By just focusing on the car in front of you, you become unaware of additional surroundings. Tunnel vision can cause you to miss signs, signals and you won’t know what the other cars around you are doing. As a driver, you need to pay attention to all of your surroundings and stay alert.

2.    Signal Sooner and Pass with Caution

Signaling is not only a common courtesy, but is one of the simplest safety tasks that you can do. Many of us either forget to signal or no longer think it’s important, and it’s a flaw that leads to frequent accidents. Don’t overlook these common and important times to engage your blinker:

  • Indicate around parked cars
  • Indicate at a roundabout
  • Signal when parallel parking

And maybe most importantly,

  • Indicate when merging or changing lanes to keep everyone on the road informed and safe, including yourself.

3.    Avoid Blind Spots

Every car has a blind spot. If a car is in front of you, in the lane over, and you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, then you are in their blind spot and you need to move as safely as possible.Before you start driving, adjust both of your side mirrors and your rearview mirror first thing. You want to make sure that you can properly see all around you as best as possible to minimize the risk of getting into an accident.


4.    Keep Enough Distance Between Vehicles

We cannot stress this one enough! You should always be a car distance or at least 4 seconds behind a vehicle. This will greatly lower your chances of getting into an accident if the car in front of you was to abruptly stop.

Important Tip: If you notice a car tailgating you, DON’T break check them and DON’T speed up or slow down. Signal, look and get out of the lane to avoid anything bad from happening.

Do you know another safety tip that didn’t make the list? Share them with us on our Facebook Page! We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Enrollment

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Do you own or run a delivery or courier company and find it overwhelming to keep up with the HR side of the business? We understand that it can be easy for numerous other aspects of running your business to take your attention, or perhaps simply, you just want to focus on your business without dealing with the red tape and paperwork that comes along with it. Guess what? We have good news: It doesn’t have to be that hard.

DDI is your solution!

A few weeks ago, we began a series that will feature various reasons DDI is the right solution for your company’s back-end needs. We began talking about the Recruitment side of business and now want to turn your attention to the topic of:

ENROLLMENTS

At DDI, we strive to make things as easy on you and the drivers as possible. When enrolling drivers into our program, we collect all necessary documents electronically. Additionally, we run all necessary reports and make sure we have updated insurance on file at all times so you don’t have to worry about collecting and maintaining more paperwork in your office. We keep you compliant, while also being “green.” Doesn’t that sound ideal?

When enrolling in the DDI program, the drivers will be assigned a driver profile. This is where they log in to fill out initial paperwork, negotiate DDI administrative rate, upload personal information (direct deposit info, driver’s license information, phone number, email, and address) and see pay stubs every week. As mentioned above; we keep everything on file for you. That way if your company ever gets called into question, you would have the evidentiary support to prove the drivers are truly entrepreneurs, in business for themselves.

Let’s take a moment to recap, shall we? With such tremendous technology at our fingertips, we are proud to be paperless, compliant and have the ability to:

  • Provide nationwide MVR screening
  • Provide background checks (felony and misdemeanor)
  • Provide drug screening
  • Provide sexual offender database registry screening
  • Keep a worker’s personal information, including auto insurance certificates, on file (online)
  • Handle contract & paperwork administration online
  • Provide drivers their own user-friendly and thorough profile they manage as contractors
  • Offer 1-on-1 customer service in the form of welcome calls at the end of the enrollments process
  • Manage driver garnishments & tax withholding orders
  • And more

Contact one of our experts today at 888.334.9675 (ext: 3) for more information on our services, and don’t forget to catch our next blog in August, featuring our Accounting services.

For Courier Companies: http://bit.ly/CourierPacket_DDI

For Restaurant Delivery Companies (RDS): http://bit.ly/RestaurantDelivery_DDI

6 Tips to Keep your Car Comfortable and Safe this Summer

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June 21, 2017 marked the beginning of the summer solstice – AKA, the official start of summer. As a driver, it’s important that you take care of your car – and yourself – during the summer season. Take a moment to jot down these handy tips to make your driving gig more comfortable and safe.

  1. A Quick Way to Cool Down: The summer air is often too hot to help cool your car down when you get inside. What to do? This quick and efficient technique will help:
  1. Start your car
  2. Roll down your windows (front and back)
  3. Turn A/C on high on the coldest setting
  4. Drive for 2 minutes, letting the car cool
  5. Roll up your windows (see video for timing)
  6. Set your A/C to your desired setting

To see a demonstration, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=767LV1GTW-I

  1. Frequently Check Your Tire Pressure: It is important, especially in extreme hot (and cold) temperatures to check your PSI with a reliable Do you know where to find the manufacturer’s recommended (not maximum) PSI? Check the side of your driver’s door jam, in the glove compartment or in the owner’s manual.

A Goodyear executive says, “Even though consumers can simply and quickly check the air pressure of their tires, it becomes a neglected practice by many. That’s too bad, because the four patches of rubber that come in contact with the road surface are vitally important to the performance of the vehicle. They are key for acceleration, lateral traction and braking grip.”

P.S. You should also ensure that you have enough tread and replace your tires when necessary. It’s an essential expense and remember, as a small business owner, is a tax write-off. We partnered with Jiffy Lube and Goodyear / Just Tires, so you can get a discounted rate, too!

  1. Regularly Check your Systems & Fluids: Car maintenance is vital, especially in extreme temperatures. Remember to stay up to date on all services, which include but aren’t limited to, checking fluid levels, A/C coolant, filters and more.
  1. Break Down? Make sure you have Roadside Assistance: It is stressful when you break down, but it is even more difficult when you work in the gig economy. We want to make it as easy on you as possible. DDI recently partnered with a roadside assistance company called HONK to help get you back on the road as quickly and as painlessly as possible. It’s as simple as downloading the HONK app, selecting what’s wrong from a menu of choices (jump start, locked out, flat tire, out of fuel and towing), and then it will dispatch out to the closest tow truck, help truck or car to come help. It’s as easy as that! As one of our valued drivers, you also get a discounted rate using the DDI code.
  1. Shade Matters: This may seem like an obvious tip but when in a hurry, it’s easy to forget or neglect: Don’t underestimate the power of shade. These 3 types of shade can help regulate your car’s temperature when the A/C isn’t running:
  1. Park in the actual shade. The less direct heat on your vehicle, the better.
  2. Have a reflective sunshade for your windshield when you park.
  3. If your back windows are not tinted, ShadeSox can help keep the temps cool(er) in your backseat. Check out the reviews on Amazon: http://bit.ly/ShadeSox
  1. Just in Case… Stock your Summer Emergency Kit: It’s up to you what you want to put in your emergency kit for the summer season, but here are a few recommendations from reputable blogs that you can choose from:
  1. Napa Know How
  2. Popular Mechanics: How Your World Works
  3. AllState: You’re in Good Hands

Quick *Bonus* Tip during Hot Temps: Don’t leave your smartphone in your car – it can easily overheat and potentially fry.

Do you have a summer tip that didn’t make this list? Share them with us on our Facebook Page! We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Recruitment  

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Do you operate a delivery or courier company with W2 or 1099 drivers on payroll and find it overwhelming to keep up with the HR side of the business? Trouble with recruitment? DDI understands that it can be easy for numerous other aspects of running your business to take your attention, or perhaps simply, you just want to focus on your business without dealing with the red tape and paperwork that comes along with it. That’s why we’re pleased to offer you an exciting alternative:

 

Let us handle it for you!

 

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring various reasons DDI is the right solution for your company’s back-end needs. In partnering with DDI, you immediately gain the ability to focus on growing your business, thus giving you a greater ability to compete in a very popular marketplace.

 

RECRUITMENT

 

With over 5,000 driver partners in our network, we happily take on the recruiting responsibility so you don’t have to. Was reading that like music to your ears? We thought so.

 

As this is a highly competitive field, we’re sure you realize that recruiting is an extremely important and time-consuming task. Utilizing our manpower & proven on-boarding processes with our full-time team of dedicated recruiting professionals will allow you to rest easy knowing that you can focus on your business. This will avoid back-end paperwork and legal headaches, while also being 100% compliant with all state and federal statutory requirements.

 

If this sounds too good to be true, it must be expensive, right? Not so. Ours is a cost-effective solution that offers an entire team of specialists for about the cost of one full-time employee. *

 

When it comes time to find your business the right candidates, we handle it all, including but not limited to:

 

  • Placing and paying for ads
  • Sourcing candidates
  • Offering advanced recruiting technology where candidates can conveniently apply 24/7
  • Reviewing resumes and screening applicants to set prerequisites  
  • Utilizing easy interview technology to review top candidates  
  • And more!

 

In addition to recruitment, DDI’s other programs –Compliance, Accounting, Enrollments and Insurance – can help your company attract and retain the right drivers. Visit our website to get more information. We look forward to working with you!

 

For Courier Companies: http://bit.ly/CourierPacket_DDI

For Restaurant Delivery Companies (RDS): http://bit.ly/RestaurantDelivery_DDI

 

 

*Base wage comparison only; i.e. not including taxes, coffee, computers or office space needed.

3 Mileage Apps Worth Checking Out

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As a self-employed driver, by now you know the importance of keeping a detailed mileage log and records of business expenses. It’s important not only in the case of an IRS audit, but also to maximize your refund for the year.

 

Specifically relating to mileage in 2017, the IRS allows you to deduct 53.5 cents per mile. The IRS also states, “the cost of the car and any improvements, the date you started using it for business, the mileage for each business use, and the total miles for the year” are needed to prove car-related business expenses.

 

So how can you keep track of  your mileage, without much effort? This day and age, technology is quite literally at our fingertips on our phones and in app stores. Below are three excellent options, plus a bonus option, if you’re looking for a way to simplify your tracking.

 

  1. Mile IQ

 

Mile IQ is a great option for drivers. With this user-friendly app, you don’t have to manually log every trip and you can differentiate personal vs. business trips with one simple swipe. This keeps all your information stored in the cloud and offers a place for additional drive details like parking fees, tolls, and notes. There’s a free version of this app if you make less than 40 trips a month, but if this is your full time gig, you likely make more. You can choose from monthly ($5.99) or annual ($59.99). Also, want to make some extra cash? They have a referral program if you invite your other driver friends.

 

  1. Trip Log

 

Trip Log has a lot of impressive features and they pride themselves on capturing all the necessary information required by the IRS. In addition to the mileage tracking, this app can keep track of all vehicle and business expenses, saving time and maximizing your tax deduction. The basic version for mobile is free but if you want to take advantage of the advanced features, there are options with fees. Learn more by visiting their pricing information here.

 

  1. QuickBooks Self-Employed

 

You may be familiar with QuickBooks for keeping track of business expenses, but did you know this includes mileage? QuickBooks reports that, “Users find an average of $7,393 in potential mileage deductions per year.” If you’re looking for an option that features mileage tracking and beyond, you might want to check out QuickBooks Self-Employed (starting at $5.00/month). Similar to some of the TripLog features, all of your expenses will be in one place when it comes time for tax season. Gotta love being organized, right?

 

BONUS TIP: If you don’t want to rely solely on technology, you can always go analog and purchase a trip diary, similar to this.

 

 

Do you have a favorite app or method that didn’t make this list? Share them with us on our Facebook Page! We’d love to hear from you.

 

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com.

For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/

3 Reasons Your Turnover Is High

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Hiring independent contractors to be your company’s delivery and/or courier drivers certainly has its benefits, both for a company and the contractors. Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to: Flexible schedules, while reducing a company’s overall costs and making the best use of resources. That said, while there are numerous benefits like those mentioned above, there is also no denying that the turnover rate in this field can be high. As an example, a recent report on CNBC said that after a year of driving, Uber only retains about 4% of their drivers. Why is that? What causes high turnover?

 

Our team at DDI has observed many issues that negatively impact turnover rates, and works diligently to alleviate them. Listed below are three related and common issues, and how we can help.

 

  • Recruiting: Are you focusing on attracting the right talent for your company? With over 5,000 driver partners in our network, we take on the recruiting responsibility (and all that goes along with it) so you don’t have to. We recruit drivers specific to your company’s needs. Your team will only meet with and choose from the best 10% (approximately) candidates we generate, which will save you time. You can also rest easy knowing that our recruiting process is done with 100% compliance.

 

  • Competition: An independent contractor looking for a flexible driving gig has countless options these days, way more than even 5 years ago. So how do you, as a company, stand out? We highlight your benefits, setting you apart.

 

  • Company Culture: These days, company culture is more important than ever and in this field, is often a challenge. Many things can contribute to bad company culture, such as not being recognized for good work or tenure, dealing with bad operators, earnings falling short of expectations, and so on. If company culture isn’t fulfilling a driver’s needs, they may look to a competitor or leave the field entirely. This is why it’s important to look for the right partnerships with your drivers.

At DDI, we offer various solutions to help your company attract and retain the right drivers. Ultimately, this will save you time and will allow you to focus on what is really important…

 

Growing Your Business!

Get started with us today:

For Courier Companies: http://bit.ly/CourierPacket_DDI

For Restaurant Delivery Companies (RDS): http://bit.ly/RestaurantDelivery_DDI

Or give us a call at 888.334.9675 (ext: 3)

 

Remember, DDI’s five programs – Legal Compliance, Accounting, Onboarding, Enrollments & Insurance – are specifically designed to ensure 100% compliance with all state and federal statutory requirements. We look forward to working with you.

Important Tax Information for Delivery Drivers

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For delivery drivers, operating your own small business can be a very intriguing, lucrative idea. That said, it’s important to remember that as a sole proprietor you are responsible for several things you were previously likely not responsible for (like taxes) as an “employee” at another job, including (but not limited to):

 

  • If you don’t have one, buying or leasing a car
  • Increased car insurance payments
  • More mileage (wear and tear or depreciation) on your vehicle
  • More frequent gas fill ups
  • Your own health insurance
  • Those dreaded self-employment taxes

 

Want some good news? Of course, you do! As a self-employed driver, you may be able to claim some of these expenses as deductions during tax time to lower your bill or potentially increase your refund.

 

Whether you drive as a full-time job or as a second job to make extra money, don’t make the mistake of thinking all the money you earn gets to go in your pocket. Keep good records (receipts and logs), learn more about what you can write off and plan to reduce your stress during tax season.

 

If you want to learn more about what you can and cannot write off as a small business owner, check out this 51 page pdf created by the IRS. Or better yet, give us a call! As a partner of H&R Block, we can help!

 

If you’d like to get in touch… let’s chat! Call 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or, you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/

Forging Transportation Relationships with the ECA at the 2017

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Today is the day that a few members of our dedicated team head to Dallas, Texas for the Express Carriers Association MarketPlace. What is that, you ask?

 

The ECA MarketPlace is a vibrant conference where Shippers and Carriers have the opportunity to network and provide information and referrals in order to form logistical partnerships…

In ECA’s exhibit hall, known as the EXPO, attendees are introduced to new technologies and various other transportation services.

 

That’s where we come in. We’re excited to be a vendor in their EXPO and inform various carrier and shipping companies about how they can benefit from our services. Many companies don’t know all that we at Delivery Drivers, Inc. offer, so let us briefly break it down for you:

 

We are a third party human resource and administrative company that specializes in recruiting, enrollments & administration, accounting & taxes, insurance, and compliance, so you can focus on running a thriving business.

 

If you would like to learn more about the ECA and the annual MarketPlace, visit: http://www.expresscarriers.com/marketplace/

 

Finally, if you’d like to learn more about the numerous solutions we provide, let’s chat! Give us a call at 888.334.9675 (ext: 3)

or simply visit: https://ddiwork.com/courier-division/request-sales-packet-courier/ and one of our experts will promptly reach out to you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.