So booking own loads you self dispatched? You should get your Authority it seems like. But maybe not?
Credits no good, this is why people are tempted to do lease purchase
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I'm doing very well doing what I am now.
I get a lot of value for the 10% I give up.
like insurance wayyy cheaper than if I got my authority, not worrying about getting paid or giving up 3-4% factoring, not worrying about audits/paperwork/permits etc they handle all that, plus aged safe mc number with 100 trucks under it with a good track record with many brokers = me being able to get bigger rates than I could vs having a single truck operation with a noob mc number.
single truck operation with new MC number with no busniess history vs 8 year old safe mc with 100+ trucks under it and solid on time and safe business record with many brokerages.
Which do you think can get bigger rates?
That's why I am where I am and not getting my authority.
If I had my own authority I'd probably earn less overall.Last edited: Dec 25, 2017
Most important thing I've learned....
Put yourself in a position where you'e wanted and needed.
If a carrier supplies the loads YOU need them.
If you call a broker on a load YOU need them.
If you post your truck and someone calls THEY NEED YOU!!!
If your operation requires you being dependant on someone else for freight they have the power, not you.
A carrier or broker most often will be out to find anyway possible keep as much money for themselves as possible, you if go to them your chances of getting great rates is slim.
When brokers and customers call you they need you, you have the power and a lot better opportunity of getting paid great.
I'd say 90% of the loads I do are from me being called.
If you get a call it's either a cheap freight pusher OR a motivated broker willing to go the extra mile to do whatever it takes to get their customer's load covered.
If I'm called I'm flat out telling them if you want me to do your load you gotta pay better than every load posted, if they don't wanna pay I tell them no problem.. I tell one I'll just take one of the higher paying loads posted and yours can sit longer.
One tool I use is posted loads that have rates posted with them.
One day there were 8 loads from Dallas to Atlanta posted for $2750- $3000.
Broker calls me and asks if I do a dallas to atlanta for $1600, I said no there's loads posted for nearly double that. I told the broker to look it up, she did and said I was right and if I'd do it for $3000.
I said if I'd do it for $3000 why wouldn't I have already taken one of the other loads for $3000? lol
Said you got to BEAT those posted rates.
Broker said they understand and would let me know if customer can pay more.
Point being they went from $1650 to $3000 fairly easy.
All you drivers need to stop hauling cheap, it hurts us all in the end.
It's not too difficult to get good rates if you use your brain a little bit.Last edited: Dec 25, 2017
But who are those guys making it with a LP? Are they living in their trucks with no other home expenses or is it a little of every type of person?
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