Monday, July 29, 2019

I love My Mom!

Mom's are the best.  My mom is my best friend.  I have a great attitude in life because she has a great attitude about life.  Not because she has had an easy life but because she looks for the good in every day and in everyone.  She is in her 80s now and so full of thankfulness for all she has in life.  She grew up in an orphanage, has lived a simple but full life.  She met my dad in that orphanage.  They were "throw away" children yet grew into incredibly valuable people.  I owe my life to them, in more ways than one.  I asked my mom to make a list of her thankfulness.  This is what she typed up on her laptop (she is a high tech great granny):

Things I am thankful for:

Thankful for God allowing me another day
Thankful for God's love
Thankful for Christ Jesus who died for me
Thankful for being able to pray
Thankful for God's beautiful earth
   for the birds that sing, trees, flowers, rain and for the sunshine
Thankful for my beloved husband
Thankful for a cool house in the summer and warm in the winter
Thankful for my wonderful children, all my grandchildren, and great grandchildren
Thankful for my church family
Thankful for the food we have
Thankful for my friends
Thankful for my neighbor Joe and his family
Thankful for my eyes able to read and study God's word and see God's beautiful world
Thankful for my ears so I can hear the bird's singing
Thankful for our car (which our son gave us)
Thankful for my bed to sleep in
Thankful for all my aches and pains (I know others are a lot worse off)
Thankful for the night's rest
Thankful for our country, may we always live in freedom

(I have posted this list before but I think it is worth repeating.)

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and to mom's everywhere.  They are the heart of our nation.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The American Dream

Recent Brooke Training Graduating Class
Krish Dhanam was our honored guest speaker at a recent Freight Broker Training course.  Krish is a transplant from India.  He came to America with nothing. He now is a highly successful and popular motivational speaker, trained by Zig Ziglar.  He values his family over work yet he has been a very successful businessman. He's living the American dream. He is very thankful for the opportunity he found to put in the work and find success.  He tells of his challenging move to America and finding his way to success in, An American Dream with an Indian Heart. 

I am thankful that I met Krish years ago and we became friends. We at Brooke are honored when he comes and shares with our class. We have many transplants from other countries in America.  I find their stories amazing and inspirational.  They leave the known for the unknown in their journey to this land, unsure of their future yet they take that bold step. We live in a great county, not perfect, but great.  A great key to finding success and enjoying life, is thankfulness for what you have and for your capacity to improve.

At our school we teach a proven process for success as a freight broker, but the lessons our instructors impart have relevance in all of life.  Come join us for life lessons and learn the hows of freight brokering in the process.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Be Your Own Boss

Have you ever thought about being your own boss? As your own boss you can work hard and be a great success but it is all up to you.  As your own boss you can set yourself up for success by planning, training and finding mentors.

A freight broker and freight broker agent are their own boss.  Similar to a real estate agent, they can work as an independent or under a larger agency. I strongly recommend starting as a freight broker agent.  As an agent you are your own boss with a great support system in the brokerage you work through.   Most people choose to start in the freight brokering business as an agent working under the umbrella of a brokerage firm that is bonded and has brokerage authority.  A freight broker agent has less upfront costs that an independent freight broker.  As an agent you do not need a license or a bond.

What are the costs and additional requirements to be a broker or an agent?

I highly recommend training as the first requirement, your first expenditure.  Professionals who take advantage of training, start their career way ahead of those who try to figure it out on their own.  Brooke Transportation Training Solutions would love the opportunity to train you as a freight broker.

Complete training before you spend money on these other things because in training you will figure out your specific needs.


Besides training, a freight broker agent will need to set up a home office with a computer with two screens, a 4 in 1 printer/scanner/fax/copier machine, a desk, chair, file cabinet and office supplies.


A freight broker spends a lot of time on the phone.  So a great phone with a headset, unlimited long distance and high speed internet is essential.  I do a lot of business in my truck equipped with bluetooth handsfree phone service.


The software available to help in the workings of a freight broker is continually improving.  Subscriptions to software can cost $30 to $150 per month depending on how many services you choose to utilize.  Transportation Managment Software (TMS) and Loadboard software are essentials.


Some brokers (but not the majority) charge fees to the agent as a part of their internal business model for such things as marketing, advertising, training and usage of their systems.


If you are going to be a broker you will need to choose a name for your logistics company then set up the legal structure of the company (such as a SCorp, LLC, or other) Your accountant or attorney can advise you on the best choice for your situation.  Fees are set by the professional you select.


File for your brokerage authority with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCS).  The
Administration filing fee is $300. OP-1 form.  Once you've obtained your registration you'll file a biennial update form MC-150 (no cost).


One time fee usually $45 to $60.  Submit Form BOC-3 to the FMCS


Register your business through the Unified Carrier Registration system.  Current fee is $76 for brokers.


Brokers are required to obtain a surety bond or trust fund in the amount of $75,000. Ranges for the broker bond are generally $750 to $9000 depending on your credit situation.The bond is issued by an insurance company that offers freight broker bonds.  The trust fund is generally around $1500 per year and also requires collateral with a bank.


Check with your state for particular requirements to operate a business in that state.

Does being your own boss in the exciting world of transportation peak your interest??

Give me a call.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Let Freedom Ring

Most of us will enjoy freedom from our regular routine for a few days in celebration of the fourth of July...our Independence Day...our time to remember the sacrifice and bravery it took for our forefathers to declare independence and establish a new nation. The history of the United States journey to Independence is a fascinating story.  We live in freedom every day without a thought about what our freedom cost.

The day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. Wikipedia

I have the privilege of meeting many who have served in the military.  We are the only freight broker training course approved to trained Chapter 31 disabled vets as freight brokers and freight broker agents.  (Click the link to learn more about Chapter 31)

These men and women sacrificed much to make sure our country stays free.  They fight for the oppressed.  They are peacemakers throughout the world.
Some veterans that I talk with every day, come to our training courses some do not, but I always enjoy talking with them and hearing of their stories.  

Are you a veteran?  THANK YOU for serving.  Give me a call, I'd be proud to know your story. 

Jeff Roach