Freight Brokering: An Ideal Work At Home For People With Disabilities.
You’ve been racking your brain for ideas on how to start your own work-at-home business as a person with a disability. But, you aren’t sure what you want to do, only that you want to improve your
personal finances. If you are open to suggestions, have a way with people, and want to keep other people working, starting your own business as a freight broker may be just exactly what you need.
What Is A Freight Broker?
A freight broker is a person (or a company) that acts as an intermediary between transportation services and to those who need to move products from one place to another.
How Do I Become A Freight Broker?
One of the best ways to launch your career as a freight broker is to sign up for a Freight Broker Training Program from Logistical Forwarding Solutions. This 180-hour training program is about the most comprehensive in the industry. You can also sign up for the Logistical Business Development Program or any of the other great learning opportunities available through LFS.
Why Is It A Good Option For People With Disabilities?
People with disabilities often find that working from home is the most comfortable and convenient. Furthermore, the pandemic shed light on the viability of remote work. Today, it is no longer taboo to say that you run a home business; just a decade ago many people would perceive this set up as unprofessional and incompetent.
Steps Toward Owning Your Own Freight Broker Business
No matter what industry you choose to work in, there are a few things that you need to do before you start your own business. Two that come to mind are marketing research and business formation.
Marketing research is the process of evaluating your target market to determine how to proceed. According to Qualtrics, your marketing research affects every aspect of your business, including marketing, branding, and customer service. By researching needs and deficits in your industry, you can establish a better business right off the bat.
When you have gathered all of the information you need, you can then get to work forming your LLC. When you’re not quite sure how to start a business in Virginia, turn to an online formation service that will walk you through the steps. While states often have slightly different rules, your business will need an official name, a registered agent, articles of organization, an operating agreement, and an EIN. Not only does creating your LLC make you a more legitimate company, some freight carriers may require that you are registered as such. An LLC also gives you access to some tax advantages and, importantly, reduces your liability if something goes wrong when products are in transport.
Your Home Office
Working as a freight broker means you’ll be going at a fast pace most of the time. It also means crunching numbers in looking at data. For this reason, you’ll want a home office set up with your comfort –and long hours – in mind. This means having the right desktop or laptop, desk, and lighting. You’ll also want to set working hours, which FindMyShift asserts means balancing between operational costs and peak hours. If you’ve done your market research, you may have found that it’s best to stay open an hour later than the competition or to offer 24/7 availability when you’ve brokered a load going across the country.
As a member of the disability community, you are among one of the thousands of people with disabilities that own a business in the United States. You also have access to a strong knit “family” that will likely be willing to support your new endeavors. Even if you’ve never considered freight brokerage before, this is a highly in-demand opportunity that’s nearly perfect for people with disabilities wishing to start a successful business and also work from home.
If you’re looking to start your own logistics business, Logistical Forwarding Solutions can help you get up, running, and on the road.