Everyone who has a serious interest in making a career out of being an independent driver knows the beginning and end of that success is the load board. Sometimes also called the posting board or the job board, these clearinghouses are where drivers in a variety of industries go to make sure they have the work they need to stay busy.
Just signing up for boards as you find them isn’t enough to guarantee you earn enough to make it worthwhile, you also need to know how to take the jobs, which ones are a good fit, and when to rotate home for maintenance and rest time.
Plan Your Leave, Don’t Leave Your Plan
If you’re working with a job board that knows you and caters to a small pool of drivers, it’s important they know when you are available. A lot of places with truck loads available are large enough that you don’t have to worry about it, but good communication with anyplace that develops a give-and-take relationship with drivers is essential to keeping a good network of professional contacts and references.
It’s also important to plan for rest time and to stick to it because this career can be demanding, and properly resting yourself is just as important as taking the time to make sure your truck is maintained between your trips.
Plan Pick Ups Near Drop Offs
You get a lot more money out of each mile when you’re not spending a lot of time in transit between jobs. If you’re working for the right providers, you might even be able to get a delivery load from the same place you’re dropping off to. If you are working with a busy load finder, it shouldn’t be too tough to find another customer nearby.
When you get comfortable balancing a few boards, it gets even easier to shorten that distance, but it does require a good mind for management because you won’t be able to use one platform’s queue to track your pickups, deliveries, and deadlines.