Running load boards

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by TRS Group, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. TRS Group

    TRS Group Light Load Member

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    Ok fellas I'm thinking of running the load boards with a flatbed. What are some advice that you guys would have for someone like me? I'm looking for advice on cargo insurance, advice on how to run load boards effectively and basically what I'm getting myself into. I've been driving a flatbed leased on with a company but I feel like sometimes I can do a's better job picking loads to run. I only do 250 miles since I only have a daycab. Will imake it with a daycab or should just not bother? C'mon I knee some advice ...good or bad it's all welcomed
     
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  3. HopeOverMope

    HopeOverMope Road Train Member

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    Load board on your own authority or theirs? Depends on where you live too. In this market your almost better off having direct local customers, charging return rates. Right around $4 outbound. You would really have to have the skinny on your local economy/shippers/brokers. The load board is dry as a dog bone pretty much everywhere I’ve gone this year.

    If your leased company that has contract freight it’s probably paying better than brokered freight. I’ve noticed freight going up, but brokerages are still playing stiff hardball since freight volumes seem to still be low and capacity is up.
     
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  4. Montanaland

    Montanaland Light Load Member

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    I agree, Im new to the load boards (6 loads) and im averaging 1.70ish dry van. I said yes to 3 1.50mile loads. Im done saying yes to bull%@! below 1.75

    I always ask above ⬆️ the 15day average on the lane, then when they low ball you way below the average..you counter or inform them of the average. They usually go silent or say ( I know but) ... the rate is set at the average so either the conversation is through..or you tell them you'll put a bid in and call me back if you want to use my truck.

    One trick I just learned from youtube..the broker will say "we are only into this load for x-amount of dollars if that tells you anything. I dont care and this usually IS A LIE!! Beware and Ignore their lines and lies. Im learning, but im not going to budge anymore for a cheap rate. The goal is 2+$ a mile!!! 6 loads into this new venture..i wish all the luck to everyone out there!!
     
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  5. Montanaland

    Montanaland Light Load Member

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    I agree, but do you constantly need to service those accounts? I dont plan on putting a driver in my truck...but I do plan to be in Indonesia and the Phils for a month+ soon. :)
     
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  6. TRS Group

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    Thank you for your input.
    Thank you for the advice. I wish you good fortune in your years to come
     
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  7. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    Are you running 250 out of 1 single state or the maximum you will run per day is 250 miles?
     
  8. HopeOverMope

    HopeOverMope Road Train Member

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    Well, I’ve never had to go direct. But this year sure has me thinking about putting carrier resumes out. But that’s why I haven’t done it over the years, you might could wing doing a load here or there but what seems to work is having a freight schedule that you can provide for.

    but as far as your trip/s, that shouldn’t be a big deal. I’d let them know a couple months in advance so they make arrangements. But again this is not first hand experience on this particular.
     
  9. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    At this point anyone looking to get their own authority should wait until after the next financial recession hits. From what I’m reading, economists expect it to arrive some time next year. We are overdue a recession.
     
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    All this debt these big corporations is racking up , it is surely to come falling down and take everybody out with it . the thing that i cant wrap my head around is consumer confidence and consumer spending is thru the roof. But yet you would think the trucking industry would benefit from that . maybe that is due to "over capacity" to many people saturated the market. But it makes me wonder why people are spending so carelessly and they are confident in the economy. I think it may be blind confidence, essentialy the sheep being led to slaughter.
     
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  11. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    I’m waiting for the recession to hit, so hopefully property values go down, and I can buy one. Properties are overpriced right now.
     
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