In today’s logistics world, truckers have many tools at their disposal to help them find the loads they want. The same goes for heavy haulers!
From advanced technology to good old fashioned networking, not only can you score loads that fit into your schedule, but you can also forge long-term business partnerships that keep loads consistent and money rolling in.
In this blog post, we share 3 tips for finding the best heavy haul loads!
One of the fastest and easiest ways to find loads that match with your work lifestyle is to utilize the expertise of a heavy haul freight broker. These logistics professionals play the “middle man” so to speak, helping to match carriers with loads at the best possible rates.
Brokers have the advantage of a database that is filled with carrier and shipper connections. They can quickly assess the system to hand-pick the matches that most benefit each other, saving time, money, and headaches.
Plus, they’ve most likely worked with these companies before, so the trust factor is already there.
Load boards have always been around…they’re essentially classified ads for truckers looking for loads posted by shippers and brokers. However, load boards have kept up with the times and are readily available online.
Load board job descriptions generally include the pick-up and drop-off locations, rate, contact numbers, and any other significant information about the load.
If one looks interesting, it’s time to call the shipper/broker and negotiate the terms. If agreed upon, they’ll send you a carrier agreement for signing and you’ll have to send them a few official documents.
The benefits of load boards is that there is a great variety of loads available with the opportunity to connect with potential long term customers. Truckers also have more control over what they want to haul and where they want to drive.
You don’t need to stick to private companies when finding loads. Local, state, and federal governments need transportation, too- and it’s typically outsourced.
Government contracts can be lucrative and reliable, once you are established as a government contractor. This status takes a few extra steps, but the career benefits can last for a long time.
There is plenty of heavy haul work to be done, such as hauling construction equipment and military machinery.