We had the good fortune of connecting with Moniqua Woods and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Moniqua, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business began with my upcoming discharge date out of the Army. The more I thought about what would come next for me, the more I desired to have my freedom back. The freedom to start and end my day when I wanted to. The freedom to explore this country and others as I wanted to. I was finished with following someone else’s schedule and rules for my life. After eight years of being told what time to wake up, what to wear, and where I could and could not go, I was done with all that. Do not get me wrong I love serving my country, but It was time for me to be free from all of that.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Woods Legacy Transportation LLC is a family owned business. Started by three cousins striving to preserve their family name and make their grandmother, Madear, proud.

We have prided ourselves in the fact that we have made jobs possible, not only for just our family, but many other families in our community. We have employees that work for us with the goal of saving up enough money to purchase the equipment they need to start their own food truck.

We want to be an inspiration to other young men and and women that look like us that they too can start their own businesses and be successful at what they love. We are not looking to get rich, but it is our goal to provide motivation. Not only do we want to make it to the top, but we want to help others get up there with us.

Our mission is simple, yet complex: we want to provide jobs to the community, get them familiar with the trucking industry, send them to school to get their Commercial Driver’s License, and them show them how to create their own trucking companies.

We have had many struggles in our short tenure such as: our trucks being out of service for weeks at a time needing repairs and losing contracts because of paperwork. However, we have pressed through them all. We have expanded our fleet and have hired more employees.

The only way we have been able to continue is by understanding our purpose and that this is what we were called to do. There were some really hard days, but our family is what has kept us going. There encouragement and continued support have been a blessing to us. We also have to thank God because without Him we could not be successful.

Some lessons we have learned include knowing that no one is going to fight for you like you. In this we learned to speak up for ourselves and to not allow other well established business push us to the side. Our business matters the same way there’s does and without our business they would not be in business. We have also learned that freedom is not free. We have had to do the work that others may not want to do. Like paying the bills for example. Or spending hours on the phone with the bank so that our employees could be paid for the work they have preformed. We are working hard now so that we can have the freedom we desire later.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first spot I would have to take my best friend to visit would be Atlanta’s breakfast club where they have great food and a DJ that will keep you lit while you enjoy the food and drinks. Then we would have to make a stop over to the Coca Cola factory to find out what the secret ingredient is and to try all of the exciting Coca Cola products from all over the world. We would definitely have to go under the sea to the Aquarium. Before she leaves we would have to check out Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken. We definitely would need to go to brunch at West Egg Cafe. Lastly, a burger from Grindhouse Killer Burgers.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My brother, who has driven over 5,000 miles in only a few short months to ensure the our trucks continue to run and loads are shipped and arrive to their destinations on time. The. I would have to shout out my sister that has taken on the role of dispatching and making sure we have loads to ship. Lastly, the rest of my family that have supported the company monetarily, with their prayers, and their support. This is not just my business, but it is a family business.

Website: http://woodslt.com/

Instagram: https://Instagram.com/Mowoodsphoto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woodslegacyllc

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/Truckingcousins

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