Looking for new ways to find lucrative freight loads? We’ve got a few ideas for truck drivers who want to diversify their options!
It can be easy to jump on all the loads, but how many end up being one-and-done deals? Instead of short-term, pick partners that you could see yourself working with in the future.
That might mean they are reliable, pay on time, and offer consistent loads. Or, perhaps it’s a company with values that match yours.
Whatever your career goals are, establish how your partnerships can help you grow and reach those goals, then go after the loads that align.
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy, so don’t ever think there aren’t enough loads to go around. The key is seeking out the loads that aren’t necessarily the most popular.
This doesn’t mean you’ll be going for something you don’t like. There are so many industries and associations that need long-haul services- it simply means steering clear of the largest industries that many truckers go after.
You can find loads to haul that might be in an industry you’re into, such as luxury cars, government contracts, or solar equipment.
As we mentioned in the section above, the US government has loads that need to be hauled. This is a top-tier partner to land, with lucrative, consistent gigs.
But note that it isn’t easy to obtain government loads because special clearances are often required for drivers.
However, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to go through the process, it’s worth it if you want good pay and ongoing work.
Load Boards are always a helpful source for finding gigs, but as you establish yourself over time, you’ll want to veer away from the low-paying jobs and high competition for greener pastures.
Networking is one of the easiest ways to score some golden opportunities. And best of all, it’s as simple as saying hello to the trucker sitting next to you at the rest stop.
Take the time to attend training, conferences, and other transportation-related events to get involved in the community. You never know what kind of work you’ll find just by word of mouth.