We had the good fortune of connecting with Toska Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Toska, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Title: Transforming Logistics: The Story of 360 Freight Connect

The genesis of 360 Freight Connect is a tale woven from years of experience, a deep-seated passion for logistics, and a drive to innovate within the industry. With over twelve years of immersion in various roles, including as a former co-owner operator and Broker Agent, the seeds of entrepreneurship were sown.

In 2021, I took the plunge and established 360 Freight Connect, spurred by the need for a more streamlined approach to freight dispatching. Despite my extensive background, the initial phase was fraught with challenges. Questions regarding workflow processes and the daily realities of a freight dispatcher lingered, while the weight of multiple responsibilities burdened me as I navigated the early stages of the business.

In an effort to foster community and bridge knowledge gaps within the logistics sector, I launched the “360 Freight Connect Resources Center” on Facebook. Initially conceived as a platform to facilitate connections between logistics professionals and owner operators, it soon evolved beyond its original scope.

The turning point arrived when numerous individuals expressed a keen interest in learning the art of freight dispatching under the tutelage of 360 Freight Connect. Despite initial reservations about expanding amidst the rigors of managing a logistics firm, I recognized the profound impact I could make by empowering others within the industry.

Thus, 360 Freight Connect emerged—a testament to our commitment to nurturing aspiring dispatchers and industry enthusiasts alike. What began as a modest initiative has flourished into a vibrant community, with over 20 mentees and a growing roster of participants.

At 360 Freight Connect, our mission transcends mere theory, offering practical insights and hands-on guidance to navigate the complex landscape of freight dispatching. It’s a privilege to mentor aspiring professionals, leveraging insights gleaned from years of experience and witnessing their growth firsthand.

As 360 Freight Connect continues to chart its course, our mission remains steadfast—to empower individuals within the logistics sector, foster excellence, and redefine the paradigm of freight dispatching through mentorship and innovation.

In essence, 360 Freight Connect is more than just a business—it’s a beacon of empowerment, guiding aspiring dispatchers toward success in an ever-evolving industry.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
360 Freight Connect is dedicated to making the logistics industry accessible to everyone. Our program is designed to teach anyone how to become a Logistics Specialist, regardless of their background or experience. What makes us unique is our belief that anyone can excel in this field with the right training and support. Our comprehensive curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed to succeed, empowering individuals to work from anywhere and earn as much as they desire. Whether you’re looking for a flexible side hustle or a full-time career, 360 Freight Connect is here to help you achieve your goals in the thriving logistics industry.

What sets 360 Freight Connect apart from others is our commitment to personalized, ongoing mentorship and adaptable learning methods. We understand that mastering the intricacies of the logistics industry takes time and cannot be accomplished in a single training session. That’s why we offer a unique approach that caters to different learning styles, particularly catering to visual learners. Through our video conference sessions, we provide step-by-step demonstrations, ensuring that participants understand exactly how to execute each task effectively. Additionally, our yearly mentorship program, available at a flat fee, ensures continuous support and guidance throughout the learning process. We recognize that the volume of information can be overwhelming for those aiming to operate a logistics firm, which is why we offer a DIY Training platform and live training sessions every Sunday. This flexible approach allows individuals to tailor their learning experience, progressing at their own pace and mastering the necessary skills at a speed that suits them best.

What I’m most proud of and excited about at 360 Freight Connect is the transformative impact we have on individuals’ lives within the logistics industry. Witnessing our mentees grow from novices to proficient Logistics Specialists is incredibly fulfilling. Knowing that we’re empowering people from diverse backgrounds to succeed in a dynamic and lucrative field brings me immense joy. Moreover, I’m excited about the innovative approach we’re taking to education and mentorship, continuously adapting to meet the evolving needs of our participants. By providing flexible learning options and personalized support, we’re paving the way for countless individuals to achieve their goals and thrive in the logistics sector.

My journey to where I am today in the logistics industry has been a blend of challenges and triumphs, shaping me into the entrepreneur I am today. While it certainly wasn’t an easy path, each obstacle I encountered served as a valuable lesson that propelled my growth and development.

Owning and operating 360 Freight Systems, a Dispatch Firm, provided me with invaluable insights and experiences that laid the foundation for my entrepreneurial ventures. However, when I decided to expand my horizons and establish 360 Freight Connect, I faced a new set of challenges. Navigating the complexities of starting and scaling a business required a different skill set and mindset. From crafting a solid business plan to managing finances and marketing strategies, I encountered numerous hurdles along the way.

Despite the uncertainties and self-doubt that often accompany entrepreneurship, I remained resilient and determined. I sought guidance from mentors, invested in continuous education, and leaned on my network for support. By embracing challenges as opportunities for growth and remaining adaptable in the face of adversity, I overcame obstacles and steered 360 Freight Connect toward success.

Throughout this journey, I remained committed to my vision for 360 Freight Connect, focusing on delivering value to our clients and mentees. By staying true to our mission and fostering a culture of excellence and innovation, we have established 360 Freight Connect as a trusted leader in logistics education.

In essence, while the road to where I am today has been challenging, it has also been incredibly rewarding. Each obstacle has been a stepping stone toward personal and professional growth, shaping me into the entrepreneur I am proud to be.

Throughout my journey of building 360 Freight Connect and navigating the intricacies of the logistics industry, I’ve gleaned invaluable lessons that have profoundly shaped both my personal and professional growth. One of the most significant lessons I’ve learned is the importance of resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges. Entrepreneurship is a journey fraught with uncertainties, but each obstacle has served as an opportunity for growth and refinement. Additionally, I’ve come to appreciate the significance of continuous learning and staying abreast of industry trends and advancements. This commitment to ongoing education ensures that we remain competitive and can deliver the highest quality of service to our clients and mentees. Moreover, the power of mentorship cannot be understated. Seeking guidance from seasoned professionals has been instrumental in navigating complex decisions and overcoming obstacles. At its core, 360 Freight Connect is more than just a business—it’s a beacon of empowerment within the logistics sector. Our story is one of passion, purpose, and a relentless commitment to equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to thrive in this dynamic industry.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Crafting an unforgettable week-long itinerary for a visiting friend in the DFW TX area entails showcasing a diverse array of experiences while exploring different cities such as Dallas, Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Fort Worth. We’d kick off our adventure with a hearty breakfast at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen in Dallas, followed by a deep dive into the city’s rich cultural scene at the Dallas Arts District, with visits to institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. For lunch, we’d savor authentic Texas barbecue at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum, renowned for its mouthwatering offerings. The afternoon would be spent exploring eclectic boutiques and art galleries in Dallas. Later, we’d relish a unique dining experience at one of Arlington’s acclaimed restaurants, followed by a visit to the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame. In Grand Prairie, we’d explore the vibrant shopping and entertainment district of Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, followed by dinner at a local favorite spot. The week would conclude with a visit to the cultural attractions and historic landmarks of Fort Worth, including the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Kimbell Art Museum, with opportunities to dine at renowned restaurants offering southwestern cuisine. By incorporating these experiences across various cities, we’d ensure our visiting friend gains a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the diverse offerings within the DFW TX area.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I “Absolutely. Firstly, I attribute my journey’s success to the unwavering protection and guidance of the Most High. His presence has been a comforting shield throughout my entrepreneurial endeavors. Alongside divine guidance, my husband has been an unwavering pillar of support, always having my back and believing in me even during moments of self-doubt.

Moreover, the mentees at 360 Freight Connect and members of the 360 Freight Connect Resources Center have played a pivotal role in my journey. Their dedication, passion, and commitment to growth continually inspire me. Additionally, my mentor, Mr. Calvin Butler from the RBBS Logistics Learning Center, has been instrumental in shaping my career and mindset. His unwavering belief in me, even when I lacked confidence, has been invaluable.

I’m also deeply grateful for the collaboration and trust of every owner-operator who has allowed me to work alongside them. Their partnership has been integral to the growth of my business.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the collective effort of all logistics professionals who tirelessly hustle in this challenging industry. Their dedication and resilience do not go unnoticed, and they play a vital role in keeping the world moving forward.”

Website: www.360freightconnect.com

Email: info@360freightconnect.org

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