More than likely, your logistics organization has received a negative online review. For freight brokerages specifically, bad reviews might be a result of pay discrepancies between an agent and a carrier. That unexpected blasting of your company can be brutal. And thorough. A real punch to the gut.
Many freight agents begin their careers at large brokerages that provide access to on-the-job training and the stability of salaried pay. With gained experience, self-starting, entrepreneurial employees start to see the allure of branching out and running a business. If you are considering making the leap from employee to freight agency owner, it helps to have access to reliable resources to better inform your decision. After all, there is risk in starting a new business -- most notably, leaving behind a guaranteed paycheck. As a Top 25 freight brokerage operating in the US and Canada, we have frequent interactions with employees weighing the opportunity costs of agency ownership. This post will cover frequently asked questions and provide you with additional resources as you consider a potential change.
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Each year, the month of February marks Black History Month, though the achievements of African Americans should be celebrated year-round. Black History Month serves as a reminder of the many rich and undeniable contributions African Americans have made to American society and culture. This month, Armstrong Transport Group will continue to show our support and respect for Black lives by recognizing African Americans' achievements in the transportation industry.
Winter has it out for freight management. The northern United States and Canada – home to major shipping hubs – can be severely impacted by snow, wind, and ice. Over-the-road and rail transport are the most vulnerable to extreme winter conditions. Weather-related freight claims associated with delays, shortages and breaks in the supply chain create costly headaches for shippers.
Being a freight agent has many attractive qualities. As an independent contractor (1099), you are your own boss, work remotely, and earn high commissions. There are also downsides, including a lack of health benefits available to you, your sub-agents and/or employees.