Independent freight haulers are becoming increasingly more popular across the country, with more people looking to go into business for themselves. For most semi-truck owner-operators, picking up overflow loads or loads on call is easy because there are often boards in the truck stops that list available shipments. What about smaller cargo loads? If you have a sprinter van or similar vehicle, you may want the opportunity to haul cargo too. Here are some things to consider.

Look For A Reliable Cargo Broker's Board

There are many services out there that claim to broker loads for shippers and transportation professionals. Look for one that specializes in loads of all sizes so that you can narrow down the options to loads that are smaller in dimension and weight. Many services will detail the load sizes and capacities that they provide, so you can choose the right job board. Sometimes, it's helpful to have more than one board that you can turn to for work too.

Understand Your Limitations 

When you're hauling with a sprinter van, you will have specific limitations that don't apply to semi-truck haulers. It's important that you understand your van's available dimensions in the cargo area, what anchor points you have for securing loads when necessary, and any weight or capacity restrictions on your van's model. Keep all of these things in mind so that you can be sure that you're choosing loads you can actually accommodate.

Know What You Bring To The Table

Sometimes, you'll have to pitch your services to secure a load. If so, it's important to know what the benefits are for a shipper to work with you. When you're dealing with smaller loads, it's important that you present yourself as the solution that prevents a load from getting lost or shifted around in a large or packed trailer, saves the shipper money compared to less-than-truckload rates, and offers custom service to meet their delivery needs. This can help you set your business apart from the larger cargo transportation providers.

These are just a few of the things that you should know if you're ready to start looking at cargo van load boards and finding work independently. While working with a broker often ensures more consistent work, you'll pay a percentage of the load revenue to that broker, and you have less control over which loads you haul. Instead, consider working for yourself with these tips for successful cargo van job board navigation.