All truckers, whether you are a company driver, an owner-operator, or a one-man trucking company, want to haul high-paying loads. There is always a fixed eye on freight rates and, naturally, the higher the better. But before you go searching for higher-paying freight, consider these points first.
Truckers need loads to stay in business. They need loads that pay well from trustworthy brokers and shippers. They also need loads that are easy to find.
Load boards are the quickest and most widely accessible way to find truck loads. Even truckers lucky enough to run dedicated lanes or haul under contracts most likely began those relationships by finding that first load on a load board.
If you’re a carrier, be it a trucking company fleet owner or an owner-operator, you know you want great loads that pay well. You also know you want customers you can trust to get paid on time and establish great relationships with customers to haul for again and again.
But do you know the difference between freight brokers, shippers, and freight forwarders? Let’s look at each so you have a better understanding of where loads originate. That helps make the haul even smoother.