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What does it take to be a broker

Oct 11, 2019 at 05:26 PM CST
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This way I can stay home and do phone calls and not deal with weather or truck repairs or payments
Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 07:57 AM CST
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First you need to start by losing any sense of ethics and morals you may have.
Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 08:11 AM CST
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I hate to break it to you but you still have to deal with ice snow breakdowns and trucks running late, plus a whole lot more. Be prepared to be chewed on constantly as to where a specific truck is, why hasn't my load delivered on time, or how in the world do I cover this load at 5 pm on a Friday because a truck broke down and can't make a scheduled pickup (something I have been on both sides of many many times.) You have to have thick skin to listen to drivers who constantly complain that rates are too low,(which they are), but you also have to have the patience of Job when something goes wrong at home and you have to re shuffle your deck to get a driver home to take care of emergency personal business. Be prepared to listen to a driver gripe that he doesn't want to haul a certain load even though he is right on top of it and it pays $4/mi, but the product is something he doesn't like to haul or it goes someplace the driver doesn't like to go. Just a few of the situations you will need to be prepared for should you decide to become a broker. It isn't all peach fuzz and rose petals. I have been on both sides of this desk as a broker and also as a driver/owner operator. IT AIN'T EASY ON EITHER SIDE!!! Yeah there are snow storms, traffic jams, breakdowns, idiots in 4 wheelers that seem to be attracted to the front bumper of your truck when they cut you off in traffic. With all the drawbacks involved on both sides of this equation, why would anyone in their right mind do either of these jobs? I don't think any one answer will completely cover it. For me, I broker because I enjoy it. The margins are tight (8% in my case) but the quality of the people I have running for me, and the quality of people we serve make it worth while. Besides it beats scooping out boot pits (which i have spent many many hours doing). Why do you drive a truck???

Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 08:24 AM CST
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I drive a truck because love what I do and enjoy it would not do anything else
Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 02:07 PM CST
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Originally Posted by: DUANE GEISELMAN
Quote: "I hate to break it to you but you still have to deal with ice snow breakdowns and trucks running late, plus a whole lot more. Be prepared to be chewed on constantly as to where a specific truck is, why hasn't my load delivered on time, or how in the world do I cover this load at 5 pm on a Friday because a truck broke down and can't make a scheduled pickup (something I have been on both sides of many many times.) You have to have thick skin to listen to drivers who constantly complain that rates are too low,(which they are), but you also have to have the patience of Job when something goes wrong at home and you have to re shuffle your deck to get a driver home to take care of emergency personal business. Be prepared to listen to a driver gripe that he doesn't want to haul a certain load even though he is right on top of it and it pays $4/mi, but the product is something he doesn't like to haul or it goes someplace the driver doesn't like to go. Just a few of the situations you will need to be prepared for should you decide to become a broker. It isn't all peach fuzz and rose petals. I have been on both sides of this desk as a broker and also as a driver/owner operator. IT AIN'T EASY ON EITHER SIDE!!! Yeah there are snow storms, traffic jams, breakdowns, idiots in 4 wheelers that seem to be attracted to the front bumper of your truck when they cut you off in traffic. With all the drawbacks involved on both sides of this equation, why would anyone in their right mind do either of these jobs? I don't think any one answer will completely cover it. For me, I broker because I enjoy it. The margins are tight (8% in my case) but the quality of the people I have running for me, and the quality of people we serve make it worth while. Besides it beats scooping out boot pits (which i have spent many many hours doing). Why do you drive a truck??? "

The broker just takes his 10% and if you don’t deliver on time. He she just finds someone else. Look at the hunter Hansen. He got his leads from east central who claimed he lost 500000 in broker fees

how about all the times east central asked what do you charge to go point a to point be

you tell him a quote. Then dirty dan says ok and then tells you there is a 10% broker fee on your rate. He never mentioned a broker fee was to be added. He asked what you want to haul.

Then you bill the farmer or shipper your discussed rate and have to explain that there is a broker fee on top of the rate

Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 03:32 PM CST
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Lie to the shipper with 'my carriers won't haul it for that, they need $X....'
Then lie to the carrier with 'my shippers won't pay that, they will only pay $X....'
Charge the shipper more, pay the carrier less.
How do we know there's more $$ in brokering than trucking? Easy, how many truckers/drivers have you heard say 'I used to be a broker'. None, its always brokers saying 'I used to drive/have a fleet/etc...'
Replied on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 04:31 PM CST
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Or you deal with a broker that gives 2.25 a mile and you ask what do you have to come back. All they say is you are on your own

The broker will forget to tell you that “oh they close at 3 on Thursday for the weekend” and you are 30 minute out and couldn’t get an answer where your unload is.

Replied on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM CST
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Thank you all for the words and thoughts Just looking at a different avenue of work dealing with trucking Love the truck and the picture has,,,,just rates fizzling out,,repairs going up and more and more permits here and there and more rules added each day on government policies,,,,makes it hard to enjoy the truck theory as much as I used to Trucking has become a lot like farming,,,,,put in all the hours doing it and paperwork and repairs and in the end you should never look at the hours you put into it all and put a dollar amount on it,,,,,bankers tell you one thought and the heart that tells you your doing it cuz you love it is another
Replied on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 07:23 AM CST

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