It can be challenging to get started as an owner-operator, especially if you are used to driving for someone else. You are used to being told when you need to leave and where you need to go. You aren’t in charge of finding loads to and from a location. You also aren’t going to be used to all of the paperwork.
Because of this, many owner-operators start their new career off with a truck dispatcher. Some prefer to work with one their whole career.
Here are some tips to get started with a truck dispatcher.
Ask for recommendations. There are many truck dispatch companies so it can be hard to figure out which one you should work with. The best way to get started is by choosing one that was recommended to you.
If you don’t know anyone who has used a truck dispatcher before, make sure that you ask them for at least two or three references. You are going to want to talk to a few drivers that have worked with the dispatcher for at least a year or more. This will give you a good idea of whether or not you are interested in using their services.
Know what it is going to cost you. It is important that you understand exactly what you want the truck dispatcher to do (and what it is going to cost you) before you start signing up for loads. You need to make sure that each load that you take is going to make you money, even after you factor in all of your expenses.
Before you get started with a dispatcher, you have to find one. The best way is to ask around, though if you don’t know anyone who has used one before, you can also ask them for references. This gives you an idea of whether or not you could with the dispatcher.
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