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Launching your business in the freight broker and logistics fields can be an exciting journey. Yet there is so to learn about it – and learn it fast, so that you can be a competitive member of the transportation community.

One of the best ways to get the knowledge you need to excel is to turn for freight broker tips in online groups. These are places on social media and other websites where professionals share their know-how, experience and discuss topics of high interest to the logistics community.

Unlike official courses where you get the basics about the trade, online groups provide first-hand freight broker resources. They can give you multiple points of view on important and practical matters and thus complement your professional training or help you brush up your knowledge. They are also the best way of staying on top of industry trends.

Let’s look at five of the top online communities for freight brokers.

#1. Freight Broker Tips and Resources (LinkedIn)

There’s a newly formed community on LinkedIn that has great potential to turn into a central place for freight brokers, logistics and supply chain professionals. The Freight Broker Tips and Resources LinkedIn group offers a ton of free freight broker resources to enrich your knowledge in the trade.

The group hosts a weekly discussion on important topics. In this way it encourages dialogue on key issues ranging from trends and challenges in the field to marketing and sales best practices.

Besides the educational side, the group is an excellent way to find new contacts in the industry. It presents a number of networking opportunities, which are bound to grow with its expansion.

#2. Freight Brokers (Facebook)

Even though Facebook is not exactly a business social network, it can serve the freight brokering community well. The Freight Brokers Facebook group hosts more than 4,300 members from all across the country.

The group offers free space where brokers can discuss all aspects of their trade. It’s a great place to ask your question and get different insights from many professionals. Similarly to other online communities, the group can also be a useful starting point for new contacts and work opportunities.

#3. Freight Brokers, Shippers, Carriers & Truckers (Facebook)

Another interesting Facebook community for transportation professionals is the Freight Brokers, Shippers, Carriers & Truckers Group. With its over 2,000 members, it’s can be a good source of freight broker tips for your budding brokerage, as well as a good place to ask your questions about the transportation industry.

The group is specifically targeting the cooperation between the various players in the logistics field. Besides practical considerations about your freight brokering, it’s a community where you can learn more about the trends among your main partners – shippers and carriers.

#4. Transport & Logistics & Supply Chain (Google+)

You can find a number of useful online communities on the Google+ platform. One that deserves mentioning is the Transport & Logistics & Supply Chain group. It hosts more than 4,500 members from all venues of the industry.

The group can be a solid information source for tips about working with shippers and carriers. It can also give you insight into marketing and sales practices, as many members share useful articles on such topics.

#5. Truckers Report (Forum)

Forum websites can be excellent freight broker resources too. The Truckers Report forum is a top choice for gaining insight in the trade.

It offers discussion threads on diverse topics – from your business plan and freight brokering training to choosing partners and marketing your company. The forum also has a specific section on job search, as well as a list of trucking schools and training options. Professionals can leave a review for companies they have worked with, as well as fill in a salary survey.

What is your experience with online freight broker communities? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ralitsa Golemanova is a writer with diverse background ranging from media and communications through politics to social research. She has extensive experience in blogging on economic and transportation topics.