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3 Clever Ways for Owner Operators to Score More Loads

Owner operators enjoy unparalleled freedom when it comes to being their own boss and hauling the loads of their choosing. But sometimes, for new owner operators it can be tricky to find a steady stream of loads. 

Like anything in life, experience teaches you what works and what doesn’t in order to achieve your goals, and the same goes for finding the loads you fancy. 

The good news is, there is plenty of work to be had for truck drivers right now, so that cuts down competition a bit. In short, if you’re an owner operator, the world is your oyster.

Now how do you find the loads you prefer? Here are some creative strategies to try!

Load Boards 

With everything going online, it’s no surprise that owner operators can utilize online platforms called load boards to find all sorts of freight to haul. 

This opens up the possibilities for you to extend your reach into new industries and find your niche. Load boards are especially helpful for specialized loads such as hauling military equipment or hazardous materials (if you have the permits, of course).

Go Directly to the Shippers

This can be challenging, but the benefits are you don’t have to split profits with a freight broker, and most importantly- you get to build potential long-lasting relationships.

As an owner operator, your networking game is vital, because when you find shippers or carriers you like hauling for, if the relationship is solid the work can flow for years and you won’t have to spend so much time looking for more loads to haul.

Contact a Freight Brokerage

Freight brokers are nifty because they already have a database of reputable carriers and shippers looking for someone to haul their cargo. 

Brokers also negotiate the rates, and pinpoint the best loads that work with your scheduling and location. 

While this all sounds easy peasy, remember that brokers generally charge between 15% and 25% per load. Therefore, this is a great way to go if you’re truly stuck with finding loads and are sitting idle. 

3 Clever Ways for Owner Operators to Score More Loads
Courtney L.
March 10, 2022

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