6 Reasons Why Owning a Home-Based Travel Agency Rocks
Written by: Amanda on July 22, 2015
Prior to the emergence of the Internet, opportunities to work from home — and actually earn a decent income — were scarce. Now, more than three million Americans list their home as their primary place of work.
This includes KHM Travel Group’s 4,000+ independent travel agents around the U.S. While some travel agencies continue to operate brick-and-mortar locations, working from home has several major advantages for travel professionals. And yes, this includes making bookings in your pajamas!
1. Minimal startup costs.
Most of our travel agents already have everything they need to launch their business from home: a computer, a cell phone and a relatively fast Internet connection. Starting a business always involves some sort of investment, but when you work from home, the costs are minimal. You’ll spend less time worrying about rent and more time developing your travel business!
2. Have a work space that’s comfortable for you.
When you run an online travel agency, the key is just finding a space where you can be productive and focus on your business. That could be in your favorite recliner, or in a quiet corner of a neighborhood cafe. It’s your business, so you decide where your office is each day! Plus, you can personalize your home office however you like.
3. Spend more time working, and less time commuting.
Which of these things sounds more profitable for your travel business: sitting in rush hour for 45 minutes each day, or spending those minutes researching and communicating with clients about their trips? As a home-based travel agent, you can be productive from the moment you’ve had your coffee!
4. Build a schedule that works for you.
Say goodbye to your 9 to 5 routine. Or, keep your regular full-time job and spend time on your travel business in the evenings. Our travel agents come from all sorts of backgrounds and situations — some dedicate 50+ hours a week to their business, while some work just a few. The important thing is that it works for you.
5. Be there for the important moments.
You won’t be clocking in and clocking out of your own travel agency. The only person you’ll be answering to is your client, and you won’t be tied to a cubicle. Your business really travels with you, so you can make it to your kids’ events and activities, or take a long weekend to visit with friends.
6. Never need vacation days.
Being an independent travel agent means that your job is vacations! And you have to experience them to gain the knowledge you’ll need to assist your clients. KHM Travel Group is constantly in communication with our agents about upcoming FAM (familiarization) trips to popular destinations and resorts that provide a change of pace, and a change of scenery!
What do all of these benefits add up to for owners of home-based travel agencies? Less stress and more freedom, for starters. Sure, there will be challenges with any new business, but that’s what KHM Travel Group’s training and support teams are for!
Want more info? We’re here to help you make the decision easier! Fill out the form on the right to access our free Travel Agent Information Guide or chat with a member of our team at 1-888-611-1220.