As you can imagine, I get a lot of questions from visitors to my online freight broker and freight agent training site and one of the most frequent is “How much does it cost to become a freight broker/agent?”
My response is always the same…”It depends.” I don’t do that to be cute or funny, I do that because you have two choices.
- You can file for your freight broker authority through the FMCSA or…
- You can start by becoming a freight agent first, which does not you to get your freight broker authority.
Years ago I heard a saying that has stuck with me to this day and has been the topic of many a conversation with people that come to me for advice on starting a new business venture.
“If you wait for all the light to turn green in the morning before you head to the work…you’re sure to be late!”
Every morning I make it a habit to read or watch something that inspires me and one of my favorite place to go is Youtube. Today I watched a video that I had seen at least a dozen times and yet I still felt that emotional connection and energy. I hope you get the same feeling as I did, because, just maybe, it will force you to look in the mirror and help you to take action on your goals today!
Thus the reason & title of my post, “Self belief is the essence of success!”
Social media is everywhere, if it’s not Facebook or Youtube it’s Twitter. The world has gone crazy with social media. It’s everywhere including the internet, television and even our cell phones. Let me start by telling you the good news, I am not here to talk about what I had for dinner last night or to retweet messages from Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga.
Today I am here to talk about the worlds largest business/professional social network called Linkedin and how it can help you to grow your business regardless if you’re a freight broker, truck broker or freight agent.
People ask me all the time how were you able to build a $40 million + freight brokerage starting with no experience? It’s a difficult question and so my answer sometime surprises them. The truth is, I have never been the smartest guy, the most talented guy, the best speaker and god knows rarely if ever the best looking but I do have a few qualities that have carried me throughout my life.
Anyone that knows me, knows my work ethic and the fact that whether it was a sport like wrestling or judo, a job like sales or a business like being a freight broker, there are very few people in this world that will out hustle or out work me. I owe this to the many great role models I have been fortunate to have in my life including my parents, coaches, friends and other successful people I have watched from afar. Continue reading
First and foremost, I am very sorry for not being more active on this blog. No excuses but the fact is, my freight brokerage continues to grow year over year and there are times it feels like I am trying to hold a tiger by the tale! One of my goals for this year is to spend more time writing and blogging, so while this is the first post of 2013 I am planning on doing at least 1-2 posts per month for YOU….my Freight Broker Boot Camp students and fans.
What better way to start the year than with a recap of the Top 5 most popular freight broker training blog posts from 2012. The interesting thing about this list is the fact that the topics are so diversified. Continue reading
Recently FreightBrokerBootCamp.com surpassed it’s 1,000th student/member!!! We are proud to offer our members the most cost effective and comprehensive online freight broker and freight agent training programs available today.
So for today’s blog post I am going to let a few of our students do most of the talking. Here are just a few of the testimonials we received recently.
“I am getting ready to celebrate my 1 yr anniversary of being in business for myself. It has been a very interesting year. I purchased your training back in March and just one of many great ideas in your training made the biggest difference in my business. It was the approach to potential customers that I made the change to and they are so much more receptive to my phone calls. Thank you for your training.” - Jeff W.
Recently legislation was passed that increased the bond requirement for freight brokers from $10,000 to $75,000. While the new bond requirement does not take effect until July of 2013 there are a lot of mixed feelings. Some people are upset about the increase but for many others they believe the increase is long over due. The stated goal of the increased bond is to help fight fraud and to protect motor carriers from incurring loses that the bond was designed to protect.
In part 1 of Freight Broker Training – Increasing Productivity we covered the four main points listed below.
1. Make a plan everyday
2. Prioritize as if your life depends on it…because it does!
3. Break larger projects down into smaller, more manageable pieces
4. Learn how to block out distractions
So in part 2 of increasing productivity I am going to cover three more ways to significantly increase and impact your productivity regardless if you are a freight broker, truck broker, transportation broker or a cattle broker for that matter.
The job of a freight broker typically requires the ability to effectively multitask. Brokers, in most cases handle both the sales and operational component of the transaction so it can be challenging to improve productivity particularly in the heat of the battle so to speak. My next two posts are designed to help freight brokers, truck brokers, logistic brokers and shipping brokers to improve their productivity by sharing ideas and concepts that I have found to be incredibly valuable during my career as both a freight broker and entrepreneur.