I didn't mean to sound so harsh in reference to" basement brokers". I was trying to explain that if a carrier feels uneasy about establishing a relationship with any company, then simply don't do it. The basement broker handle only enhances that negative opinion of "brokers are a necessary evil". Your absolutely correct Freight Broker, everyone has to start somewhere. Although it is 20+ years ago, I can remember the sleepless nights worrying about having enough money to pay the carriers who were gracious enough to go out on a limb and provide me with service. Fortunately things worked out and those carriers are now my "go to guys" for most of our freight. The man is also correct in his description of the smaller, more flexible carriers, who whenever possible, are the ones we prefer to deal with.