How to Get Box Truck Contracts [9 Strategies That Work]

If you have a box truck business and want to learn some of the best ways to get box truck contracts, you are in the right place.

In this article, we will discuss 9 ways for a box truck owner to get delivery contracts (or loads) for their box truck business.

Below is a table that will preview of what we'll cover. If you want to jump straight to any of the topics, just click on the desired hyperlink in the table.

Ways to Get Box Truck Contracts
Load BoardsMoving Job WebsitesFedex Routes
DispatchersOnline MarketingBread Routes
Local Delivery Matching SitesMobile BillboardsPound the Pavement

Load Boards

One of the classic ways to get contracts for your box truck business is through load boards. What are load boards? They are basically online boards that list loads for delivery that you can access. Many (but not all) charge a fee to use them.

Amazon has a robust load board and it's free. Other load boards include Truck Stop, DAT, Get Loaded and Trucker Path.

You can also contact freight brokers, 3PL companies and freight forwarders as well to see if they have box truck contracts or loads available for you.

Dispatchers

You can also use truck dispatchers to find loads. Although they often perform a somewhat similar function to a freight broker, they exclusively represent carriers (that's you). Truck dispatchers will scour load boards and arrange for high paying loads that are suitable for your business.

A simple Google search of “truck dispatch services” should produce a healthy list of companies you can explore working with.

Local Delivery Matching Sites

There are plenty of companies, and manufacturers, that need local deliveries made all of the time. Whether it's supplies, medical equipment, or appliances, you can certainly fill that need with your box truck. Sites like GoShare can connect you to people or businesses that may need these types of deliveries.

You can also look at Lugg and Dolly if you want additional alternatives.

Moving Job Websites

You can also offer to move items for companies or individuals. In the industry, it's known as a “Man with a Van.” Whether its helping a person move out of their small apartment, or helping a small office relocate, your box truck may be the perfect choice for these types of jobs. You can get these types of jobs on sites like Taskrabbit, Thumbtack, and similar sites.

Note that if you are offering professional moving services, some states may require special licensing or permits. Check with your state to determine what requirements you need to fulfill to operate a moving services company.

Online Marketing

If you are offering services to the general public, another way to get delivery jobs or contracts is to advertise your company's services. Of course, online marketing is one of the most important channels out there.

So how do you crack that nut? It can be intimidating if you are new to online marketing, so I have pulled together these simple and proven online marketing strategies: 

  • Set up a Google My Business. If you want people to be able to find your local business on Google, you need to set up your Google My Business account. If you want to learn more about how to do this, check out this tutorial from Google.  
  • Get a great website that draws traffic to your business. Having an online presence is almost a requirement these days. So you need to have a website for your business. If funds are tight, you can do this on the cheap. In fact, Google allows you to build your first business website for free.  But if you really want to draw traffic (and customers) to your website, you may want to hire an online marketing expert to help you optimize your website for traffic and leads.
  • Get on Yelp for business and let your customers find you.  They are an extremely well-known brand, and many people look there when searching for local businesses.  
  • Use Social Media Channels. In addition to advertising on Yelp, you can buy online ads from other online and social media outlets (Facebook, etc.). These ads can be targeted to the specific audience you want to get in front of. It's a pretty nice way to get high converting leads.

Mobile Billboards

This strategy is a bit off the beaten path, but if you buy a box truck that allows mobile advertising, you can get contracts from companies that want to advertise on the side of your box truck.

After all, it's a huge amount of space that gets a lot of visibility, especially if you drive around during peak hours on busy roads. Plus, most people ignore or gloss over static billboards, but mobile billboards are still new enough that they draw eyeballs.

If you want to learn more about this strategy, including a step by step guide to start this type of business, check out my article on the topic.

FedEx Routes

Want to never have to worry about getting box truck contracts again?

One surefire way to do this is buy a FedEx delivery route that covers a designated territory. This means that you will make money for each delivery made within that territory. You don't have to worry about getting contracts for your box trucks. FedEx handles all of that because they give you packages every single day – all you have to do is make sure they all get delivered on time.

It can be a highly profitable business and, if you structure it right, it can run itself. Once you have a manager and reliable drivers, the day-to-day operations of this business can be run without your involvement.

If you want to learn how to buy a FedEx route in 5 easy steps, check out my article on the topic here.

Bread Routes

You can also buy a bread route and not have to worry about getting box truck contracts again.

What is a bread route? These are routes where you get a dedicated territory from a bread company, like Arnold's or Pepperidge Farm and get a commission for each sale you make to stores in that territory. You will be using your box truck to make the deliveries, of course.

If you want to learn more about this strategy, check out my article on how to buy a bread route.

Pound the Pavement

This final strategy is perhaps the most intuitive, but sometimes hardest to implement. There are going to be hidden opportunities that are present in any of the previously mentioned that can only be discovered by calling companies to see if they have a need for delivery services, etc. You can reach out to small businesses, like hardware stores, appliance retailers, or even local manufacturers in your area to see if they are happy with their current delivery provider.

If you are a mover, you can advertise old school by pounding the pavement and putting up flyers, etc.

You never know what opportunities may pop up as a result of these tried and true strategies, so experiment with several of them and see what works best.

Conclusion

So there you have – 9 great strategies for getting box truck contracts.

If you want to learn more about the box truck business, check out my article on how to start a box truck business in 7 simple steps.

If you are interested in a more affordable option to get into the transportation business, check out my article on how to start a transportation business with one van.

For the ultimate guide to transportation business ideas, check out article on the topic here. I discuss over 30 business ideas that you can start in the transportation industry (with helpful info and tips on how to begin). We cover businesses you can start with semi-trucks, box trucks, dump trucks, cargo and passenger vans, pick-up trucks and even regular old cars. So whatever your budget and experience, there will be ideas that can work for you.

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