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How to Sell All-Inclusive Vacations to Cruise Clients Oct 23

How to Sell All-Inclusive Vacations to Cruise Clients

Cruising is a popular way to travel, and many agents build successful businesses around cruise travel. But what if your cruise clients are ready to try something different? If you are ready to tap into a new source of potential income, consider these reasons why you should offer all-inclusive vacations to your cruise clients.

Familiarity
There are many similarities between cruises and all-inclusive vacations. Clients will appreciate that their resort price includes meals, daytime activities, and evening entertainment … just like a vacation at sea! They can also add on tours, excursions, and spa treatments to customize their experience.

Value
An all-inclusive vacation provides the added benefit of having beverages, including alcohol, included in the package price. Some resorts offer additional bonuses such as resort credits, included excursions, or a gratuity-free experience. Make sure your cruise clients appreciate the value of these inclusions.

Convenience
Booking an all-inclusive vacation wraps airfare, hotel, and transfers into one, easy-to-plan package. Using a tour operator streamlines the process, with representatives available to offer assistance at the destination airport and resort. Your clients can just relax and enjoy their trip, without having to stress about the logistics.

Flexibility
Cruise ships operate on set schedules, limiting your clients to specific departure dates and trip lengths. All-inclusive vacations can be planned for almost any date and length combination, offering your clients greater scheduling flexibility.

Unique Experiences
Staying in one location for a longer period of time offers a different travel experience than the shorter time spent at most cruise ports. Your clients will appreciate opportunities to explore their destination in depth, experience more of the local culture, and perhaps participate in tours that wouldn’t be possible due to a ship’s scheduled itinerary.

Many frequent cruisers are looking for a new and different vacation experience.  Presenting the benefits of all-inclusive travel will help your clients to view you as a trusted expert, and ensure that they will return to you again and again for all of their travel needs.

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.

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.