Real talk-is freight broker career even worth pursuing?

Discussion in 'Freight Broker Forum' started by marwatson, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. marwatson

    marwatson Bobtail Member

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    Are freight brokerages going to be around in 10 years? Is it something I should even try to pursue at this point as a viable career option? The market seems really saturated and lots of new tech on the scene. I'd also really like to get the 2 cents of some O/Os on this one.

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  2. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    They are going to be around a long time. Majority of people who get their authority have no customer, have no idea how to get a customer. Buy a truck and run the load boards.

    If you're not a great salesperson then stay as a drone in some large brokerage or logistics.
     
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  3. marwatson

    marwatson Bobtail Member

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    It's good to know that they will still be around. In the cold light of day I have to be honest with myself--I'm not a good salesman. I think I would love handling existing accounts for a large firm but I just can't make myself be as pushy as I would need to be to land new accounts. Thanks for your input!
     
  4. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    There will always be a need. There will be a need for real trucks And drivers too, not automated.

    Humans will always be needed to keep the technology working.
     
  5. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Heavy Load Member

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    They have been around since the first ship set sale to go visit another nation and they will be around a long time. If your looking for a JOB then forget it. If your a smart go getter that can make things happen when no one else can then the world is your oyster. Are you a worker , manager or entrepreneur ???
     
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    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    Dude if you cant land new accounts brokerage is not for you. Working existing accounts is little more than data entry and pays just as bad.
     
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  7. PPDCT

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    This, tbh.
     
  8. Atlanta trucker

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    I should have thought of this first ... I was a freight broker along with being a carrier but now I’m back to driving. Why ? Easiest job of the 3. As long as you don’t end up in a ditch , driving is the least complicated and easiest of the 3. I was talking to a Landstar agent the other day. He told me they have about 1500 agents with about 6000 drivers. Out of balance you may think ? Yes it is because so many want to sit at home or in an office and email and phone there way to success. If you have a gift for gab , smooth talker cool under pressure very assertive you have a chance of reaching that $200,000 a year broker job but so many don’t. After going through most phases of the trucking industry I think driving is the easiest.
     
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