Archive for July, 2009

Benefits Of Becoming A Travel Agent
Jul 23

Now more than ever, many people are looking to start a new career without the constraints of a traditional job environment. These days the idea of working for one company for 25-30 years chained behind a desk, then collecting a measly pension and retiring in comfort are long gone. That is just the reality for those working within the new worldwide information economy.

As a result, many corporate types are leaving behind the traditional workforce, giving their current employers the pink slip and are pursuing their own personal entrepreneurial endeavors on their own terms. After all, if you are going to put in a hard days’ work, then wouldn’t you prefer to work hard for yourself and your own future instead of building some else’s dream? Many are doing just that.  Statistics show that this is not just a passing fad, but this is a trend that is here to stay. But what vehicle or business system makes sense for you?

We have put together three reasons why owning your own travel agency makes sense to those who enter into this profession. You may come to the same conclusion as have many others, and wonder why you did not start your new career sooner.

First of all, the world is your customer. You need customers to thrive in any business. When you start your own travel agency, finding customers is a breeze because the entire world is your customer base. This is not a business that is constrained by the clock, the season or any particular hour of the day. Your clients can book travel 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. You can book family getaways, romantic vacations, celebratory cruises and all kinds of trips and get paid handsomely for doing so.

Secondly, you can train and work from the comfort of your own home and save on expenses.  With all the advances in technology, you can train at home and run your new business via new technologies such as online video and webinars. Thus you save on commutes to the office, wardrobe, wear and tear on your car, eating out and so many other expenses related to working outside of the home.

A third reason to consider becoming a travel agent is that you get discounts on your personal travel. That’s right – you can make money in a business you love and travel cheaper as well! You receive discounts on hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, cruises and a host of other travel-related expenses. Let’s face it, if you could travel to Cancun, Mexico to an all-inclusive resort for just over $350 per person, including air fare, or sail for seven days on Celebrity Cruise for $280, why wouldn’t you?

Something to keep in mind when researching a travel company to partner with is that commissions for booking travel and training vary widely from company to company. Make sure you review the commission structure of every company you’re considering very carefully before making a decision on your new career.
Becoming a travel agent may be a smart move for those looking to get our of the rat race and start a new career. Could this be the right career move for you?

Learn more by visiting www.KHMTravel.com or call Burt Kramer at 1-877-220-9260 today.

Starting a Travel Agency – Mistakes You Need to Avoid
Jul 06

Starting a travel agency is not always easy, particularly to those who do not have any experience in the travel industry. It is a common misconception that once you have your own business you will have ample time to enjoy yourself and get into countless vacations every year. Here are some of the mistakes that people commit when opening up a home-based travel business.

Starting A Travel Agency

Quite a number of people realize belatedly that a business plan is one of the most important things needed when starting a travel agency. This plan will be the foundation of your company, even if it is just home based. A business plan is important because this will be your road map for success. This will help you determine your goals, objectives and ways of doing things. If you encounter a snag, just refer to your business plan and it could help you get back on track.

Another problem that many people face when starting a travel agent company is their inability to get out of their employee mentality. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, then you should think and act as one. Be accountable of your actions and learn from your mistakes. Once you have transcended the employee mentality, you will be ready to take charge and take in more responsibilities.

In whatever type of business, spending time in selling your products and services is important. However, if you are your own boss, you will realize that getting sales is not the only thing that you should concentrate on. There are other aspects in the business such as tax computation, looking for suppliers, and other things that need your attention.

Another mistake that people commit when opening up a travel agency is not acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills needed to make the business succeed. Simply loving travel is not the only thing that is required for you to have a productive travel agency. You need further education and training so that you will be able to run your home-based travel company smoothly and effortlessly.

When starting a travel agency, you also need to accept the fact that you need the help of others. You need the aid of companies or organizations that will help guide you on the ins and outs of this particular type of business. However, you need to ensure that the company you are going to affiliate yourself with is dependable and have a good reputation. For more information, go to www.KHMTravel.com or call Burt Kramer at 1-877-220-9260.