Tips to Starting Your Own Truck Dispatcher Business After Dispatch School
What do you want to do after dispatch school? The trucking industry is incredibly valuable to the Canadian economy and generated around $39 million in 2017, providing thousands of jobs. As a result, there a number of careers students can choose to pursue after dispatch training. Graduates could go on to become operations managers, logistics and brokerage clerks, local and highway dispatchers, fleet maintenance officers, and more!
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a lot of ambition, then you might even be thinking about starting your own truck dispatcher business. As a business owner, you will be able to make your own schedule, take control of your career, and make big profits. However, there is a lot of work involved. Read on to find out how to start a successful truck dispatcher business.
Learn About Regulations and Legal Requirements After Your Dispatch Course
Before starting any business, it’s important that you’re up to date with all the relevant legalities. For example, do you need to apply for a truck dispatcher license? How do you register your business and apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
After dispatch school, you will also need to familiarize yourself with other important industry regulations, like how many hours truck drivers can legally work in a day or a week. Across most of Canada, truckers can drive for a maximum of 13 hours in one day. However, this varies in different countries, so if you are planning on sending your drivers across international borders, you will need to know the rules and regulations for these countries as well.
In addition, before you even think about signing your first client, you will need to draft up a comprehensive contract that includes all services and fees. Make sure that clients sign this before you work together to avoid any difficulties later on.
You will also need to look into insurance to protect against any potential losses or damages. You could be the best truck dispatcher in the world, but if you don’t know the rules, regulations, and legalities, you could lose a lot of money.
Invest in the Right Equipment and Software after Dispatch School
A successful dispatcher business needs the right equipment and software to operate. Various programs could help with day to day operations like setting up truck routes, or with accounting and finance.
As part of your dispatch course, you might already have gained experience using ‘load boards’ like Truckstop or DAT. These are marketplaces where dispatchers and truck owners can post and search for loads. You will also need to set up a payment gateway like PayPal or Cash App to receive and send payments quickly and securely.
Market Your Business and Find Clients
Now you’re ready to open for business! The next step is finding clients. You will need to set up a website and social media pages to promote your services. If you already have experience in the trucking industry, you will also be able to use your existing network to find clients through word of mouth.
If not, you may need to invest in marketing and promotional materials. You could hand out flyers and business cards, attend and network at trucking events, and mail flyers to trucking companies.
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