Here are a few top tips from home-based agents on how to stay motivated and grow your business with the support of a host agency.
It's about who you know
With Australians taking more than 10 million overseas trips each year, chances are you know a few people planning a holiday.
“Don’t be afraid to stick your hand up and offer to help,” says 62-year-old John Cola, who runs his Global Getaways business from his home with the support of Your Travel & Cruise.
“I’m at an age where most of my friends have stopped working or are easing into retirement and they are doing a lot of travel so it’s handy for them to have a travel agent in the group who they can trust to organise everything and take the stress out of booking a holiday.”
“I even go with them on some of the trips, so it’s a win-win. I’m also picking up referrals, which is really pleasing.”
A little something on the side
Side interests have become the norm in our busy modern world and it’s no exception in the travel industry.
While many host agencies require a full time commitment from their members, Your Travel & Cruise offers a more flexible arrangement so members can start their business as something on the side and then dive in when it takes off.
Tina Lockwood is an accountant who loves travel and has been searching for a way to segue from her office job to something in the travel industry.
“My kids are all grown up and I was ready for something different so I started running a travel agency –Inspired by Travel –on the side.”
“As the business grows, I’m looking forward to quitting my job and spending more time immersed in my passion while also getting to spend more time at home.”
Travel = work experience
While many host agencies require some experience in the travel industry, Your Travel & Cruise opens the door to people from all walks of life and doesn’t require any prior agency experience –only a Certificate III in Travel.
Stephanie Dent, who runs her My Time Travel home-based business through Your Travel & Cruise, has been a flight attendant for the better part of a decade and has visited around 50 countries during her travels.
“After nine years in the air, I have built up a lot of knowledge and insight about overseas travel and I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my clients.”
Home is where the heart is
Home-based doesn’t always have to mean based at home. Some home-based agents, like Julie Redmond from JR Travel, want to be at the heart of the community.
“I’m from a small town where there are no travel agencies so I thought it would be good to find a spot with some foot traffic so locals would know I’m there,” said Julie.
“Business has doubled since I set up a table in The Oaks post office and I love feeling like part of the community. I even help out at the counter when it gets busy –that’s just what you do in a small town.”
Your Travel & Cruise provides insurance, software, websites, marketing, accounting and business development supportto all its members so they can set up their business wherever they like and know that they have the backing of a host agency.
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