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Ing. Ladislav Luka, Fuel expert

How to Find Truck Loads

Running a trucking business can be highly fulfilling, except when you struggle to find truck loads—not just any loads, but the ones that fit your schedule and preferred routes. If you are an independent driver or own a trucking company, you need to sell your services regularly to run a profitable business. But how can you achieve this goal?

How to Find Truck Loads

There are several techniques that can make you successful in the industry—the good news is that we have listed all of them in this article. So, take advantage of these steps to grow your business.

What Is A Truckload?

The term “truckload” refers to a means of transporting large shipments by road. Unlike other transportation done on a small scale, truckloads don't usually make multiple stops. Full truck loads are typically only delivered to distribution centers or warehouses.

What Is the Importance of Finding More Loads for Truck Drivers?

Finding more loads for truck drivers is one of the most challenging parts of running a trucking business. However, it is also very important because it helps reduce truck driver expenses and increase your revenue. So the more loads you can find, the more you can grow your business.

The Best Ways to Find Truck Load

There are several ways to find truckloads and maintain a profitable business, and some of them include the following:

Identifying Freight Brokers

Working with a reputable broker guarantees steady payouts. The job of a freight broker is straightforward; they develop working relationships with shippers and negotiate for the best rate for a load. After that, they arrange for the shipment to be transported by truckers. This is a great way to generate more money because they handle most of the groundwork, like negotiating rates, and connect you with lots of freight to move. However, they charge a commission. So, you should always look out for fair-minded brokers who have relationships with the clients you want.

Here is a list of things to consider when looking for a broker.

  • Look for established brokers with proven track records and good reviews rather than new brokers. Working with new brokers is risky for you and shippers, since you are unsure of the quality of service you will receive. However, when you work with an established broker, you are certain of the level of services you will get in return.
  • The freight brokering business is very competitive, so take your time and look for the one with good rates that fit your schedule.
  • Make sure their area of expertise aligns with that of your trucking company. A broker specializing in dry van loads won't be of help to you if you are looking to transport perishable goods.

Load Boards

A load board is one of the best tools for your trucking business. It enables you to find loads posted by freight brokers. With the help of a load board, you can view the pick-up and drop-off locations, the rates, and other information needed for the load. Load boards are a great way to find more loads. However, the best ones in the market charge a monthly subscription fee for their services.

Here are some pros and cons of load boards.


  • They give the option to see a lot of brokers and shippers.
  • They provide more loads, making it easier for you to choose the one you want.
  • They provide you with the locations. This means you can select the load that matches your desired location.


  • There are many load boards with different qualities—some may be fast or slow, depending on whether they offer free or paid services.
  • The best ones charge a fee for their services.

Negotiating With Shippers

Working with shippers is one of the best ways to build a strong business relationship and expand your network in the industry. By negotiating directly you avoid broker commissions and load board fees, allowing you to make more money. However, you will have to manage everything on your own, which can be time-consuming.

Analyze Information

Having the right information is vital when it comes to finding your next load. A good load board should offer accurate information about the shipment, making it easier to determine the costs and profits for every load.

A quality load board should offer the following:

  • Best routes
  • Best fuel stops
  • The ratings and reviews of brokers
  • IFTA tax calculations
  • Rate estimates
  • Weights and classifications

Digital Freight Matching (DFM)

Technology has made life easier and more convenient for us. Now you can access everything you need for your business online, unlike in the past when everything was done manually. A digital freight matching platform allows truck drivers to connect with shippers through artificial intelligence. It also offers innovative features like an in-app payment system, backhaul load, etc.

Do Proper Research

When starting a trucking firm, you need to determine what works best for you and stick to that. For example, decide if you want to take shorter routes to avoid staying away from home for a long time or prefer to take longer routes because of the money involved. After doing so, you can start looking for loads in those specific areas. Don't forget to research brokers properly if you want to use one. A good broker will make things better for you in the industry.

Be Active

Differentiate yourself from your competitors. If you have any unique skills or experience that could benefit you and let shippers and brokers know you are ready to work, don't be scared to use them. 

Be Flexible With the Type of Load You Transport

Go beyond what you do and see if you can carry other loads. For example, a step deck truck has no sides or roof—so it can carry large or irregular items like flatbed trucks.  

Finding truckloads doesn't have to be difficult and frustrating. This can be achieved by following these few steps. So take advantage of them to be successful in finding quality truckloads and helping your business thrive in the industry.