A loadboard, otherwise known as a freight board, is an online dispatch/match services that allows a shipper (the consignor) to post, to a forum board, any available freight they may have for the day, while the carrier is allowed to post any available equipment that he or she has free. The two then come to an agreement or work through a freight brokering services to secure terms and conditions before concluding business and launching the aforementioned load.
Independently owned and operated, freight boards, in most cases, charge a small fee to post your available freight and/or your available transport equipment. In some cases however, other load/freight-boards do not charge a fee to create an account or to post equipment and freight. Take a look around online to find something that fits within your operating budget.
It’s important to remember that while a load-board may seem like an incredible resource for the broker, a load-board is simply a tool to help one find and complete a bigger job. Do not count on freight load-boards for income. As you may already know the transportation industry is ever changing so it’s important to learn not to depend too heavily on any one resource. Create a database of carriers located around and about active lanes you may already commonly use, add them to your database and call on them often to show your gratitude
If you don’t already have a copy of PC Miler in your office, you may want to consider signing-on with a loadboard service that also offers this service for free. An all inclusive loadboard such as http://www.getloaded.com is a great place to start as a new freight broker. The staff is rather helpful and as I’m sure you by know, you’ll need all the helpful you can get… You’re a small business owner.
What You Will Need:
A Service Subscription (Getloaded.com, Freightfinder.com)
An MC Number (issued byt the FMCSA)
Computer with High-speed Internet Services
A Fax machine
A Working Telephone Line
You will need to collect a bit of information from the carrier and/or shipper before you will have adequate enough detail to post your load/truck. For example, if you are posting available freight, a carrier service is going to need a few specifics. For example, cargo weight, total mileage, pick-up & drop off locations (addresses), etc.).
Now you will probably want to create a, Website/Password folder in order to store all of the web addressees and passwords you are learning. Some of the documents that you will keep in your office are required to be left on record at all times, therefore you may also wish to purchase a sturdy filing cabinet with a key for these types of documents. You may be asked to recall information located on these documents, so a small cabinet that you can keep within arms reach will work well for your needs.