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Learn How to Start Your Freight Brokerage
From licensing and operations to sales and marketing, learn how to get your broker license and start a successful freight brokerage – 100% online and at your own pace!
“This course used real life examples and different learning materials that still help us operate a business,” Kay P., United Tribe LogisticsEnroll Now
Job Outlook for Freight Brokers
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists freight broker/agent as “Bright Outlook” career area, with over 30% job growth expected in the next five years.
According to the US Bureau of Transportation (USDOT), over 11 billion tons of freight move by truck each year. This number will grow, so skilled brokers are needed to keep the industry moving.
FAQs about Freight Brokers
WHAT DO FREIGHT BROKERS DO?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FREIGHT BROKER AND AN AGENT?
HOW MUCH DO FREIGHT BROKERS MAKE?
WHAT KIND OF HOURS DO FREIGHT BROKERS WORK?
WHAT IS THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (FMCSA)?
Learn the ins and outs of the industry from experienced freight brokers. Gain the knowledge and resources you need to register with the FMCSA, get a surety bond and break into the shipping industry.
Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, this course focuses solely on U.S. domestic freight brokering, so it’s only recommended if you plan to do business in the United States.
- THE BASICS OF FREIGHT BROKERING
Job duties, qualities and skills of an effective freight broker and a freight broker agent
- SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS AND OFFICE
Steps needed to launch a brokerage and set up an office
- SETTING GOALS AND DEVELOPING YOUR CORPORATE IDENTITY
Evaluate business goals and mission statements
- SETTING UP YOUR SHIPPER PACKET AND YOUR CARRIER PACKET
Documents to send to shippers and carriers
- OPERATIONS AND USING OPERATIONS SOFTWARE
Forms, logs, and broker software that work best for business; how to avoid or manage day-to-day problems that freight brokers face
- TYPES OF FREIGHT AND EXPLORING NICHE MARKETS
Differentiate between the types of freight and the types of niche markets available
- TRANSPORTATION LAW
Transportation law most affect business as a broker or agent, and why they are important to operations
- BROKER-CARRIER CONTRACTS
How contracts protect brokers and carriers
- BROKER-SHIPPER AGREEMENTS
Components of an effective broker-shipper agreement
- INSURANCE FOR CARRIERS AND BROKERS
Insurance policies and forms essential for carriers and brokers
- RECORDKEEPING, ACCOUNTING, AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Different processes and records encountered as a broker freight
- DETERMINING YOUR RATE QUOTES
Rate quotes that are based on relevant information
- CARRIER RELATIONS AND SOLUTIONS FOR SUCCESS
Situations from a carrier's point of view
- SALES AND PROFITABILITY
Sales techniques and results as part of sales success
- ADVANCED MARKETING
Marketing efforts that will be beneficial for business
- DEVELOP YOUR NEGOTIATION SKILLS
Negotiation skills from first real sales calls