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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Pat, my wife is the only dispatcher for a company of 15 drivers. Her and her boss run everything. Shes always trying to find new contracts/customers, she dispatches her drivers loads from load boards and soon she will be brokering. Just use her trick, talk sweetly to everyone on the phone. Hehe

Ive helped her plenty. Its a very interesting job.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Pat, my wife is the only dispatcher for a company of 15 drivers. Her and her boss run everything. Shes always trying to find new contracts/customers, she dispatches her drivers loads from load boards and soon she will be brokering. Just use her trick, talk sweetly to everyone on the phone. Hehe

Ive helped her plenty. Its a very interesting job.

Don't think that I can pull that off. It certainly is interesting and kind of fun. Rewarding too.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That makes 2 direct shippers in two months. It is a lot of work and late nights but I love the challenge. Sales is not my forte but I am getting better.

Finding your own work is a really amazing feeling. I spent the first half of my working life as an employee and the second half as a business owner. I'll never forget the first job I ever landed for my first small business - a tree service. It was only a $60 job that took like 30 minutes but it was the first time I had ever gone out into the world and found work for myself.

I remember thinking, "Wow! If I did it once I can do it again. Then I just have to keep the ball rolling!" It really is exciting.

It's also stressful and it's one hell of a burden to have to face all the time. It's a never ending part of being in business. There's no such thing as having enough business, and nothing lasts forever. Companies change, the competition changes, the business environment changes. Get the idea in your head that you have to keep pushing forward really hard all the time because whatever is working for you today probably won't be working for you a year or two from now.

No matter how well things are going for me I always assume it's temporary and I'm always pondering:

1) What is going to mess up the things that are working so well right now?

2) What's my next move when the things that are working right now quit working?

Keep pushing hard and keep moving forward.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Pat M.'s Comment
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That makes 2 direct shippers in two months. It is a lot of work and late nights but I love the challenge. Sales is not my forte but I am getting better.

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Finding your own work is a really amazing feeling. I spent the first half of my working life as an employee and the second half as a business owner. I'll never forget the first job I ever landed for my first small business - a tree service. It was only a $60 job that took like 30 minutes but it was the first time I had ever gone out into the world and found work for myself.

I remember thinking, "Wow! If I did it once I can do it again. Then I just have to keep the ball rolling!" It really is exciting.

It's also stressful and it's one hell of a burden to have to face all the time. It's a never ending part of being in business. There's no such thing as having enough business, and nothing lasts forever. Companies change, the competition changes, the business environment changes. Get the idea in your head that you have to keep pushing forward really hard all the time because whatever is working for you today probably won't be working for you a year or two from now.

No matter how well things are going for me I always assume it's temporary and I'm always pondering:

1) What is going to mess up the things that are working so well right now?

2) What's my next move when the things that are working right now quit working?

Keep pushing hard and keep moving forward.

It is an amazing feeling. But there are downs to go with the ups in this industry too. My second truck started leaking oil into the coolant. Obvious oil cooler issue.

Finished up the truck last night. She is on her way already with a load to Wichita.

Local parts house wanted $877 for the oil cooler then about another 130 for the gaskets.

I told them screw off. Got the cooler, gaskets and a new thermostat for $439 overnighted to my door. Truck was not due in till Tuesday night anyhow.

Over the last year how many times has one of my trucks been down due to a sensor?

Oh yeah, none!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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