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What To Look For When Choosing a Load Board

What To Look For When Choosing a Load Board

The lifeblood of every truck driver is their load and the amount of money it can bring in.  After all, that is the whole point of the delivery. There are multiple key points to look for when searching for loads.  Load boards are the way to go if a truck driver or a fleet manager is just starting out. 

There are free load boards, and others require a monthly subscription. It is important to know the difference, the options, and warnings of each. Read some tips on what to look for when choosing a load board so you can save money and optimize your shipments.

Where Do I Find a Load Board? 

Load boards can be found online, and they require a subscription fee.  The ideal fee is about $35.00 to pay, but the more you pay, the better jobs you may find.  Be careful not to spend too much on the subscription fees because you will need the workload to make it worth your while in the pocketbook.  Load boards which require a subscription do not have the competition of other companies competing. Once you are on that load board and you choose the job, the chances are good no one else will take it out from under you.  A broker will get with other companies for a price and post the jobs available on the board. If it is a load board that requires a subscription, then it is a guarantee that the job is only on that one board. 

Free Load Boards 

Free load boards are a little different.  The jobs on the free load board will come up the same way as on the subscription paid, but the same job will be posted to other free load boards.  This is known as sharing service and can make it difficult and more time consuming for the driver or fleet manager who is looking to make money on a load.  The chances are greater if the driver or fleet manager is not quick enough working online, they will lose the opportunity to be awarded the job. There is one advantage of free load boards when it comes to saving money.  When the driver or fleet manager is awarded the job, they can look back and say it did not cost anything to find the run. Working with a limited budget and trying to keep everything at the lowest cost possible, a driver or fleet manager can find a great benefit in free load boards.

Should I Consider a Broker? 

When starting in the trucking industry, load boards are the fastest and biggest asset in a company or for a driver who holds their own.  It is important not to put all the eggs in one basket when handling business. There will come a time to break away from the load boards.  So how do you know when it is time? When your trucks are rolling, and business is booming, it is usually a key sign. When that time comes, working with the Royal Transportation team can give you access to the resources you need. Reach out to our team for more assistance.