Freight brokerages and freight agents are in high demand as companies seek to make shipping more efficient and affordable. You can take advantage of this growing market need by creating your own freight brokerage business – from home or as a larger employer.

We’ve grouped the following resources together as a starting point for your research into what it would take to start your own freight brokerage business. In addition to the free content (such as sample business plans that you can read in full online), you will also find links for additional tools and products to help you move from the “where do I begin?” research step to the “how do I get started?” step — when you’re ready.

Freight Brokerage Sample Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our freight brokerage and shipping sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online, and are available, along with 500+ sample business plans, in LivePlan.

Freight Brokerage Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Silicon Freight Brokers (SFB) is a specialized freight broker service whose objective is to become the premier silicon chip freight broker, increasing their client base by 20% a year.

General Freight Trucking Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Mike’s Trucking will focus mainly on the food industry companies in the United States. However, in the future the company plans to diversify into other industries, such as supply companies, lumberyards, and many other potential companies that use hauling for their cargo.

Truck Stop Sample Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Truckers Dominate Freight Market.  The trucking industry consists of two broad segments: private and for-hire. In turn, for-hire truckers fall into two broad categories: truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers.

Articles on Starting a Business

In addition to the freight-specific business sample plans above, the following articles address many of the common types of questions entrepreneurs have about starting a business. No matter what type of business you’re interested in, you will find these articles to be helpful.

Know Your industry Before you Start Your Business
Whether you’re a service business, manufacturer, retailer, or some other type of business, you should do an Industry Analysis, describing…

The Right Business For You
If you want to work for yourself, but don’t have a particular business in mind, you’re probably wondering what kind of business you should start. Fortunately, the answer is always the same…

Top 15 Questions from SCORE
1. What kind of person makes a successful entrepreneur? …

Start a Business Resource Kit

Looking for more resources to help you start your business? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more. Launch the toolkit

Start a Freight Brokerage businessStart a Freight Brokerage Business Kit

This guide will walk you through the process of starting a freight brokerage business, with expert advice from people who have been there. Find out about insurance and licensing requirements, day-to-day operations connecting shippers and carriers, and more.

Freight and Cargo Industry research

Get valuable financial intelligence and industry trends for freight brokerage and other freight-related businesses in an industry research report. We provide detailed reports with five years of financials, business ratios, and more. Better yet, our industry reports are available at the U.S. national, state, and even county level, so you can really understand the local competitive environment. Start your market research the easy way.

Read a sample industry report as a PDF
Browse industry research reports, searching for SIC Code 4731 for Arrangement of Transportation of Freight & Cargo.

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