4 Top Freight Broker Training Books

Becoming an expert at something requires a great deal of effort, but its always easier when you have the right educational resources. This holds true for freight brokers as well.

In the sea of available freight broker training books, it might seem overwhelming at first to make the right choice. However, carefully selecting your training materials, as well as agood freight broker training school, is essential to your success in the field.

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You probably know that as a freight broker, youre required to cultivate an eye for detail, and hone your expertise across a wide range of subjects. This includes business know-how, and the skills required to run any successful company, as well as specific, practical considerations, such as setting up your brokerage, getting licensed and obtaining yourfreight broker bond.

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Lets go through four of the most recommended and authoritative training books, so that youre well-prepared to choose the best ones for you.

One of the most comprehensive, and most up-to-date, training resources isStart Your Own Freight Brokerage Business, which is now in its fifth edition ($19.95). Written and printed by the renowned Entrepreneur Magazine, this book has also has been recommended byJPL Enterprises International, an established freight broker school.

This is a comprehensive manual that covers topics such as making your first business steps, getting licensed and obtaining yoursurety bond, organizing and managing your processes, hiring employees, marketing your brokerage and setting your finances straight.

If youre looking for the best way to complement your freight broker education, theFreight Broker Training Guide($60) compiled by theFreight Movers School is your trustful companion. This training resource has been written by a team of experts who each boast more than 30 years in the industry, so its bound to help you on your way of becoming a broker.

The Freight Broker Training Guidecontains the step-by-step process that you need to follow in order to start your brokerage with insiders information from the authors who are active freight brokers or trainers. You can learn about building relationships with shippers, doing your paperwork, as well as tips about your rates, billing and payments. It also gives you an additional book with terms and definitions, a metric conversion chart and common load board abbreviations.

Another great educational book for brokers is theFreight Broker Training Manual($49.95 for a digital copy, $69.95 for a hard and digital copy). It is published by the TALTOA Freight Broker Training and Consulting school and complements their training. While its a very useful resource in itself, the guys at TALTOA recommend that it goes hand in hand with live training sessions.

The Manual is a practical tool that teaches you how to operate in your everyday work as a freight broker. It contains useful information about working with shippers and carriers, gives you a good background in sales, and great tips on calculating and negotiating rates.

Finally, there are some great training resources on the website of theLoadTraining freight brokering schoolthat are available for free download!

You can find there a six-book guide on understanding brokering and trucking, which explains the role of the freight broker. There are a few other useful manuals, such as the Guide to a Brokering Future that can give you insight into becoming a good freight broker, as well as the Guide to Higher Paying Freight, which can teach you about the current state of affairs in the field.

Hopefully this list has made it clearer and easier for you to discern which freight broker training resources are worth your time and money. After all, learning from the best is a good start in your own business endeavor.

Wed love to hear your experience with training books in the field! Please share in the comments below.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigans Ross School of Business.

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