Once you've found a load, you can (depending on the load) send an email, bid, message the broker or shipper, or call the phone number listed and speak directly to the to the dispatcher who posted the load.
Ask them how much the load pays and when they expect to pay you. Typically, they will either provide you with a rate-per-mile (e.g: $3.50/mile) or a flat rate (e.g: $2,500)
If you are not yet onboarded (ie. approved carrier) with the broker or shipper, be prepared to answer questions such as:
- What is your Motor Carrier (MC)# and/or USDOT#?
You will need satisfactory safety rating and active authority. If you want to learn more about authority and how to get set up, visit Evilsizor.com.
- Do you have valid insurance?
Usually you will need to supply insurance certificates showing cargo liability of $100,000 and liability of $1,000,000, however this can vary depending on the broker or shipper.
- How old is your truck?
Some brokers prefer to work with carriers driving newer vehicles.
Also, some brokers and shippers might request references and that you send them your W-9. What is a W-9?
Once onboarded, agree on the terms and sign the rate confirmation; you can then go pickup and haul the load.
Payment typically is made 3-5 weeks after delivering the load. You can check the broker and shippers days-to-pay on our load board. If you don't want to wait to get paid, contact Thunder Funding and get immediate cash for your freight bills.