How to Know how much to charge when taking a load?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by FTLS, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    You need to know your costs and as elementary as they are for trucking, im not sure this is the field for you
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    I wonder if you are the one I talked to for three hours the other day, if you are you will remember what I said and if not I will repeat it for you.

    YOU FIRST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT IT COSTS YOU TO MOVE YOUR TRUCK ONE MILE IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CAN CHARGE.

    WITHOUT KNOWING THAT, YOU SHOULD NOT OWN A TRUCK OR BE IN THIS INDUSTRY


    BECAUSE

    EVERYTHING REVOLVES AROUND THE YOUR COST!
     
  4. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Yeah.......what he said! Lol:D
     
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  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    And how much is that?

    Asking for a friend.
     
  6. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Light Load Member

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    I work a simple way to get top dollar.
    When a broker calls me and offers me a load I give some super high number above other loads posted for similar type work.
    When they give me some low ball offer and say I charge too much I say it's above everything else thats posted and if you want me to haul your load you have to pay better than the competition.

    If they still are cheap I just say OK no problem I'd rather haul a load posted for more money than your offering if I had to make a decision right now.

    KEY IS ALWAYS LET BROKER KNOW YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS THAT PAY ABOVE WHAT THEY ARE OFFERING.
     
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  7. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Exactly.......Because nobody else has ever told them that!:rolleyes:
     
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  8. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    While both of you have good points, brokers are human and therefore tapping the inherent psychological tendencies while maybe not even a 5 % win rate for you, will on the average get you paid more than just accepting offered deals.

    Tell people they cant afford you amd they will at least be annoyed enough to entertain the idea that they can.
     
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  9. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Costs are 25 cpm, anything above that is profit


    check back in in 2 months to tell me you were so swamped with work you never had the time to run your numbers until you filed bankruptcy
     
  10. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    LOL, weren't you the guy saying you can't make money with a van, so you are looking to rent a step deck? Sounds like this isn't working so well for ya....
     
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  11. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    I've been in business for almost a year now. I still literally don't know what my cost per mile is. Why? Because I've done a lot of work to my truck, and I don't have to pay a shop to do it. It's not "maintenance", but stuff I fix ahead of time that will last another 500k. So it throws my cost off.

    Plain and simple - make more than you spend.
     
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