Truck dispatchers

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  1. JacquelynB17

    JacquelynB17 Bobtail Member

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    I just left a freight dispatching job and i’d Like to be on the other side of things and do truck dispatching to be home more with my son. Anyone have any advice on how I should start? First steps?
     
  2. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

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    Call a mega that's looking for dispatchers and has a terminal near you. Swift, Schneider.

    I'm fairly certain, your gonna be roasted soon...
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    you can try driver leasing companies near you. these are companies that hire drivers, and have trucks, to service accounts they have, on a temp to hire basis.

    Ruan, Ryder, Lily Transportation, to name 3. (Waste Management, BFI, and other trash hauling companies have thier own fleets) but hire permanent drivers and temp.

    there is alod home heating oil/ propane companies as well. you will most likely do other office work besides dispatching.

    all can be viable sources to get in as a dispatcher trainee, and maybe you like it there, or move on with some experience for say an LTL company like Yellow, ABF, Old Dominion, etc,etc,. (beware, above company's usually require a college degree)

    best of luck to you, keep us updated.
     
  4. JacquelynB17

    JacquelynB17 Bobtail Member

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    Roasted? Please explain a little further.
     
  5. gokiddogo

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    What kind of truck dispatching are you looking to do? Find loads and assign them to carriers? Or more working for a company assigning loads to the trucks they own?
    A lot of people come on here wanting to find loads for carriers with none of their own customers. Aka. A broker for a broker. So the load may pay $3 then broker takes .5 down to 2.50 then you find it from him take your .25 now it's 2.25 now the trucking company takes their 20-25% pretty fast that $3 load pays everyone except for the owner operator. That's the difference... you need to better frame what you are looking to do so we can answer how to go about doing it.
     
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  6. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

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    The Animosity towards dispatchers is bound to lead to some #### talking
     
  7. JacquelynB17

    JacquelynB17 Bobtail Member

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    Not all dispatchers are bad. Trust me on that. I was a freight dispatcher for a long time and I did my best to make it fair even if that meant we did not make our certain quota a few times. There are truck drivers out there who don’t want to do the work or the invoicing, etc. my question is, how do I find those people and help them? Whether I get a good cut or not doesn’t matter to me much. I’m a stay at home mom. I have skills and I want something to keep me busy. There isn’t much around my town that allows me to spend time with my infant and work ya know? I’d like to know the first step in wanting to start truck dispatching.
     
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    For example if you want to become a dispatcher remove half of your brain, have novocaine injected into your heart. Take yoga classes until you are able to put you hat up your rear end while wearing it... etc, etc. /humor off
     
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  9. RoadRooster

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    Ok, I'll start....3 surgeons playing golf discussing the easiest patient to operate on.

    First one says accountant. Cut them open and everything is in rows and columns.

    Second one says electricians...open them up and its all color-coded.

    Third one says nope...dispatchers. They only have two moving parts... their mouths and their a##hole...and they are interchangable!!!

    Can change that to salesman, recruiter, drivers, lawyers... its the most equal opportunity joke I know.
     
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  10. Jazz1

    Jazz1 Road Train Member

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    Our dispatchers assign the company drivers/trucks. They generally last about 3 years and gain 30lbs along the way.
    Some dispatching can be done remote...at home. Those would be the ones to go after to avoid the daily drama of company shenanigans.
     
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