Starting a new career in truck dispatching is not as hard as you may think. If you know where to get educated, you can become a truck dispatcher (also called a freight dispatcher) in a rather short time and start reaping the benefits that many other freight dispatchers are enjoying in this highly rewarding career.
In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to consider, including navigation of load boards , negotiating contracts, and seeking out work with various companies in the industry that carry cargo.
How Do You Start a Career in Truck Dispatching?
Not only will you get a free guide on how to become a truck dispatcher, but I’ll also give you some extra insight on how you can start your own business in the dispatching industry.
Be ready to learn about:
- What are the duties of a truck dispatcher
- What you need to do to get started in the industry
- Where to find loads and carriers
- Where to find the best training
What is a Truck Dispatchers Job Responsibilities?
In a nutshell, a dispatcher is the person who manages freight (loads) for a carrier. They utilize load boards as well as relationships to find unshipped freight while actively communicating with brokers, negotiating, and finally, setting up routes once they have successfully dispatched drivers. At times a dispatcher will also have to inspect the log’s of a driver as well as count their hours.
Sometimes people make the mistake of assuming a dispatcher is a freight broke, but this is not the case.
The broker is nothing more than a middleman who legally serves as a go-between for the shipper or manufacturer that has goods being shipped and the carrier who will move the goods. They never should have a financial interest in the load, for the reason that they are able to broker the transaction and represent both parties.
The truck dispatcher, on the other hand, works for and with the carrier. It doesn’t matter if you serve as a solo act working independent in the freight dispatching world, you still work for whatever carrier and act as their negotiator with the freight broker. The dispatcher always works for and with their carriers, while brokers don’t play that role with any shipper.