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KHM Travel Agent Career Benefit: Flexibility Sep 30

KHM Travel Agent Career Benefit: Flexibility

One of the ultimate benefits of beginning your adventure with KHM Travel Group is the amount of flexibility that your travel agent career provides.  Forget the feeling of being chained to a desk or a slave to the time clock!  As a home-based travel agent, you have the ultimate control over when, where, and how you want to run your own business.

Whether you choose to pursue your travel agent career as a full- or part-time endeavor, you are not limited to working specific days or times.  You can arrange your schedule to allow time for taking care of personal or family obligations.  You can even begin your travel business a second career, perhaps while working around a traditional “9-to-5″ job.

Although we usually say that KHM Travel Agents work from home, they really can work almost anywhere!  With a mobile device, tablet, or laptop, almost any location with Internet service can become your temporary office.  You can even travel to tropical destinations and still keep in touch with your clients.

One of the most exciting aspects of flexibility as a work from home travel agent is the opportunity to create a business that is molded by your own preferences.  You can choose the type of travel products that you would like to sell, perhaps focusing on a destination or experience that you love.  You also have the opportunity to create your own brand, and select how you would like to market your travel business to potential clients.

When it comes to flexibility, you just can’t beat the opportunities provided by a travel agent career!

Are you ready to get started?  Contact KHM Travel Group at 877-220-9260 ext. 200 for more information or visit www.KHMTravel.com and let the adventure begin!

How To Create Your Home Office Sep 23

How To Create Your Home Office

As an independent KHM Travel Agent, you will enjoy the many benefits of working from home.  You are able to set your own hours, with no rigid schedule to keep or time clock to punch.  Your commute time may only be as long as it takes you to walk the few steps to your desk.

You also have control over how you would like to set up your office.  Creating a comfortable and organized workspace is key to making sure that your time spent working at home is as productive as possible.

First, choose a location in your home to use as your office.  Even if you can’t devote an entire room to your business, try to find an area that can be set aside exclusively as your workspace — even if it is just a quiet corner or a converted closet.  Having a dedicated spot where you can work and make phone calls without being interrupted is ideal.

Next, assemble the key equipment necessary for your business.  The main things you will need are:

  • Work surface – A desk or table that allows enough space for your electronics and keeping any vital paperwork close at hand.
  • Comfortable chair – You may spend a considerable amount of time sitting, so make sure to choose something that is comfortable and provides proper back support.
  • Computer – You will need reliable internet access, and the ability to print is a bonus.
  • Telephone – You may choose to have a dedicated landline, a cell phone, or both.  Consider purchasing a headset or other device for hands-free talking, which will come in handy if you are trying to take notes during a call or keep busy while on a lengthy hold.
  • File Storage – You will need to keep track of paperwork related to running your business, as well as client information.

There are many other items that can be added to help keep you organized:  A calendar or planner to keep track of appointments, a memo board on the wall to plan out projects, a spot to keep reference material from suppliers.  You may also consider shelves or bins to hold brochures and marketing materials, although these don’t necessarily have to be stored directly in your main workspace.

Your office décor doesn’t need to break the bank.  You may be able to find used furnishings at a thrift store or for sale online, or you could repurpose some items from other areas of your house.   Start off with a smaller space and basic equipment, which you can add to or upgrade as your business grows.

Once you have the basics in place, don’t forget to add a personal touch to your workspace.  Have some fun with it!  Display pictures from your travels, frame certifications you have earned, or add other decorative items that bring a smile to your face.  Being happy in your office will help you look forward to sitting down at your desk each day to work, and you will be off to a great start in your career as a KHM Travel Agent!

Not a KHM Travel Agent yet?  Visit www.KHMTravel.com to learn more about the training and support available to start your career as a home-based travel agent.

How to Stay Organized for Tax Season Aug 22

How to Stay Organized for Tax Season

Operating your own home-based business at a KHM Travel Agent provides a wide range of benefits: Flexibility, independence, unlimited income potential … and even some potential tax advantages. But don’t wait until income tax season to start thinking about your taxes! The key to maximizing your tax benefits is staying organized as you operate your business throughout the entire year.

Most of the expenses to operate your home-based travel business can be deducted from your income, which will reduce your tax liability. Potential deductions may include office supplies, advertising costs, travel and vehicle expenses, having lunch or coffee with a client, business equipment purchases like a laptop or printer, and more. Even your cell phone bill and internet access charges may qualify! It is highly recommended that you consult a professional tax accountant, who can help you understand exactly which expenses can be legally deducted.

Once you know which expenses you will need to report, develop a system to track and document these expenditures. As you make each purchase, take a moment to make a note on the back of the receipt. Write down a few details about why the purchase was relevant to your business. For example, if you take a client to lunch, make a note of the client’s name and what was discussed.

Periodically—perhaps weekly or monthly—enter the information from these receipts into a tracking system. You can use accounting software, a simple spreadsheet, or an expense-tracking app on your smartphone. Whatever you choose, you will want to record several details about each transaction: The date, where the purchase was made, the item purchased, and which expense category it will fall under on your tax return. Find a central place to save hard copies of these receipts, or scan them and store them electronically.

One expense category that deserves particular attention is the use of your personal vehicle for business reasons. Accurate record-keeping and mileage documentation are essential! You will need to keep a written or electronic record of the date, the distance driven, and the specific reason for the trip. A copy of your calendar or appointment book will also help to document your mileage claims.

Keeping track of your expenses and mileage throughout the year will ensure that you don’t miss a single deduction. And instead of being buried in a pile of paperwork at tax time, you will be able to breathe easy and reap the rewards of your home-based travel business!

Not a KHM Travel Agent yet? Visit www.KHMTravel.com to learn more about the training and support available to start your career as a home-based travel agent.

How to Sell Value Over Price Jul 26

How to Sell Value Over Price

As a new travel agent, it is perceived that selling travel seems to be all about the “price.” Some new agents will scour the Internet and travel supplier sites to look for the cheapest prices, least-expensive excursions, lowest category cruise cabins, and off-the beaten path resorts, just so they can quote the lowest price to their potential client. Inexperience says “to be the best, you need to be the lowest.”

The phrase “you get what you pay for” is a cliché for a reason. Offering the lowest price, isn’t always the best. And trying to have the lowest price or setting yourself up to be known for “cheap travel” is a recipe for disaster.

When a travel agents focus on price and price alone, they end up being just a “vending machine” for travel, trying to compete with the travel megasites on the Internet. This is the worst mistake you can make as a travel agent when positioning yourself in the marketplace.

And besides, if your prices are the lowest, and your client chooses you because of it, they will probably only be loyal to finding that lowest price and not loyal to you as their agent. Your goal as a travel agent is to gain and retain clients, so you need to ask yourself, what about service and quality? What about YOU?

As you become more experienced, educated and confident with being a travel expert, what you sell becomes less about the price and more about the value you offer. A little tip…Instead of thinking of yourself as a travel agent, consider yourself a “travel professional.”

A travel professional is someone who is trained and experienced in planning travel and vacations for clients. Planning travel is about the services you are going to offer your client that will result in a stress-free vacation experience that will create memories to last a lifetime. These services can include researching and comparing vacation options, sharing your expert knowledge, coordinating excursions and arranging activities, answering questions, processing the booking, handling documents, and being your clients’ advocate before, during, and after their trip.

Over time as you become educated, try to visit destinations and resorts for trainings, so you can provide firsthand experiences on what is great and what just “looks great” on a website. Showing clients photos and videos that you personally took while being trained at these destinations, resorts, or cruises is the greatest marketing tool you can have when selling yourself, selling a destination and selling value, NOT price.

Remember, ultimately if you decide to sell on price, everyone loses. Your client loses because he or she may have not gotten the best service and product and you lose because you may not have gotten the sale. Warren Buffet said it best, “Price is what you pay, VALUE is what you get.”

What Look for in a Home Based Travel Company Jan 25

Travel is a constant. It doesn’t matter if the economy is in the tank, or not. Citizens travel for a myriad of reasons, eg, to conduct business; to visit friends and relatives who may not be in the best health; to celebrate special occasions like births, graduations and marriages. As travel is an evergreen industry, starting a home-based travel company is an excellent business opportunity.

If this type of work-from-home entrepreneurial opportunity interests you, following are three things to look for when starting.

3 Things to Look for When Starting a Home-Based Travel Company

Travel Perks: One of the biggest incentives for starting a home-based travel agency business are the travel perks you’re entitled to. What many potential travel agency business owners don’t realize is that these vary though from company to company. It all depends on who you sign up with.

The best way to ensure that you get all the travel perks you’re entitled to is to sign up with a travel-based marketing organization. Within the confines of an organization like this, you get all the industry benefits of being a travel agent.

Sound Commission Structure: If you are considering going into business for yourself, then you owe it to yourself to work with an organization that has your best interests at heart, especially in the area of the commission structure.  After all, isn’t that why someone goes into business in the first-place? It is strongly recommended that you stay miles away from the MLM or network marketing scene.  Offers made by MLM companies might be tantalizing, but most of these types of organizations are frowned upon industry-wide, most people don’t succeed and it is not for a lack of trying either.  It is really simple as to why if you think about it.  Do you really think you can make sales for your business in its infancy, recruit your neighbors and keep them motivated all why you are trying to make your business work for you?

Many organizations will convince you that the commission on travel is really low between 5% and 10%. However, depending on your home-based travel agency’s sales volume in combination with the travel marketing organization you go with, preferred travel suppliers may pay out as much as 13%, 15% and in some cases up to 20%.

Some home based travel agency programs are able to do considerable higher commission structures for their agents namely, KHM Travel’s Pro Plan, which can pay out their agents up to 80% to 90% of the total commission on travel sales made within that program.

Business Support and Training: Perhaps the number one reason to become a home-based travel agency within the confines of a travel-based marketing organization is for the in-built business support and training it entitles you to.

Almost all new business owners need a helping hand on the administrative side, eg, web design and construction, billing, marketing, networking, etc.  These things are really the nerve centers of your home-based travel agency business. Having this type of support at your fingertips can help your enterprise become a success that much quicker.

To learn more about setting up a home based travel company contact Burt Kramer with KHM Travel at 1-877-220-9260 to learn more about the industry and see if it is right for you.