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A freight broker, also known as a “property” broker or a “truck” broker, is a third party intermediary between shippers and carriers. Brokers find shippers that have cargo to move; they then find carriers that are ready, willing and able to move that cargo.

In the end, the freight broker derives a commission for his or her match-making skills.

Working as a freight broker (or broker agent) provides a perfect home-based opportunity. Your start-up and overhead expenses are very low. And the profit potential is unlimited.

To become a freight broker, one must apply to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to obtain their broker authority. There are no exams and there are no background checks.

The broker authority consists of three items:

  • A Motor Carrier number,

  • Evidence of a $75K surety bond or trust fund,

  • BOC-3 or Process Permit,

More recently, the FMCSA also requires a UCR registration. This is easy and inexpensive to get. You can expect to pay as low as $1,400 to get started with your broker authority.

In addition to the legal authority, a broker needs to know, or get properly trained in more than just the details of how to broker freight. They need to learn ALL the aspects of running a business including marketing, acquiring customers, cash management, planning, operations and perhaps personnel.

After getting properly trained, finding good paying customers and reliable carriers are the FIRST items of importance in freight brokering. Customer acquisition is like any other service-oriented business. There are various traditional shipper directories. However, in the Atex training programs, we teach you to go where no one else is going. You DON’T want to follow the herd when looking for customers. This will hopefully take you to more receptive customers who are not being called on by a lot of other brokers.

Plus the broker uses whatever marketing skills he or she possess. The Internet and telephone are probably the primary tools to conduct business with. This, in a nutshell, is what a freight broker is, what they do and how to become one. If you are ready to sign up now to train and work from home, go to:
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