Where to find reliable work as a carrier/owner operator? Broker? Dispatcher?

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  1. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    I started the business and finally got on the road last week (1 truck with a super-b). Thought I could live off of Loadlink but the freight has been to hit and miss, seems to be leftover scraps on there that don't usually pay too well. I took lumber to Winnipeg but couldn't find anything coming back. Ended up grabbing a partial for $725 just to pay for fuel to get back. Brokers are just taking loads from other boards (lumber loadboards etc) and just re-posting them. Often times multple brokers have the same loads...

    Anyways I'm looking to pivot the business, I don't want to lease onto someone as I want to run under my own authority still. Does anyone have a direction I can go in terms of a dispatcher or permanent broker that can help me out with loads to keep me running more consistently?
     
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  3. Prairie Trucker

    Prairie Trucker Bobtail Member

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    Are you able to go south? Canada only rates are very low - lumber pays nothing .... you need to get direct with shippers
     
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  4. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    I have an active USDOT, still need to setup a few more things but yes I can. I'm not sure how I can connect direct to shippers
     
  5. Western fleet owner

    Western fleet owner Bobtail Member

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    while ur at it finding a good broker / direct shipper. Get set up with carriers like TransX and other big flatbed trucking companies. A lot of thease companies have loads they broker out at good rates sometime s But their only a sometimes kindve thing. Still no harm in gettin setup with em
     
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  6. DaytonTD

    DaytonTD Light Load Member

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    I'll give them a call tomorrow thanks
     
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