When posting to a load board, make sure to be specific about what you are offering and what you want. Brokers will use this information to match you to their available freight.
Your company name and contact information
Truck Type – Dry Van, Refrigerated, Flatbed, etc.
Date Your Truck is Available
Desired pick-up location
Desired drop-off location (if any)
Load Type – Full or Partial
Trailer Length (or are your Power Only)
Weight your legally able to haul
Broker Contacts You about Available Loads
If a broker is interested in your truck, they will contact you about their available load. Be aware that the broker will most likely offer you a low rate. Do not be afraid to negotiate. In addition, do your research before accepting anything. Watch out for broker scams.Once the load is negotiated, be sure to get everything in writing. Brokers are not obligated to pay you if you do not have signed paperwork.
Posting your truck to a load board can be convenient; the brokers come to you instead of the other way around. However, when negotiating rates, you still need to know your lane trends. Be aware of average spot market rates to ensure you are getting a good deal. In addition, take steps to avoid scams by running credit checks on the broker and shipper. Posting to a load board is a great tool, but make sure you take the necessary precautions.