Traditionally, loadboards are a fast and simple way for truckers across the U.S. to find loads to fill their trailers. Searching Google will return many results, however, these websites typically make their users pay on average $100 per month for their services.
Loadboards typically refine the user’s search by what state or by what kind of load they want to carry. Not all loadboards support, say reefer loads, and some don’t support power-only. So it’s on carriers to make sure they find a loadboard that works for them. This process can become time-consuming and tedious. Results are often cluttered and outdated. Additionally, loadboard subscriptions can cost upwards of thousands of dollars annually. That said, free loadboards do exist, and the majority of loadboards strive to help owner-operators. Most carriers find that the best approach to find loads is to subscribe to a few different boards, in order to ensure there are always options, no matter what capacity they will have or where in the country they may find themselves.
Found A Load, Now What? The Process of Procuring Freight
Just finding a load isn’t the whole process. Experienced owner-operators like to find multiple loads and then call around to ensure they get the best rate. This can take a few hours or even an entire day. After making sure that the desired load is still available and negotiating a rate with the shipper (or the broker), the trucker will need to share his authority, insurance, references and even other documents. Hopefully, the carrier can pick up the load quickly, but not all freight can be filled immediately. Some loadboards will give pickup dates, but not all, which can lead to an extra step for both the shipper and potential carrier.
If this process sounds difficult, it can be. Many companies, with HaulHound leading the pack, are working on making the process easier and more efficient in order for owner-operators to generate more revenue.