Become Your Own Boss
1. You Get To Work From Home
Some people like an office, but most of us prefer our homes. Working from home is a great benefit to starting a new business or career, as you get to save time and cost on commuting or renting an expensive office space. When you become a travel agent, unless you are looking to setup a traditional storefront agency for clients to walk-in, then you do not need to have an office. Store-front agencies are out-dated, and most travel agents communicate with customers over the phone and via emails. As long as you have access to the internet and a working phone line, your travel business can be wherever you want it to be, giving you great flexibility.
2. The Perks Are Great
People work hard and save every penny they can to go on annual vacations. It is everyone’s wish to travel more and experience different people and culture. When you become a travel agent, you get to the option of travelling to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, either for free or at significantly discounted rates. Travel Agents go on familiarity or site inspection trips (FAMS) sponsored by product vendors, put together to promote their products to sales agents. On these trips, you get to be pampered and schmoozed by hoteliers and tour operators, all for the purpose of you promoting their product to your clients. You’ll also earn many free stays as sales incentives when you hit certain sales targets set by product vendors.
3. Flexible Work Hours
To communicate with vendors to get pricing for your clients, you will need to dedicate some time to your travel business during regular business hours. However, this does not take up a significant portion of your day, so the rest of your work hours can be set for the times that works best for you. Having flexibility makes it easy to integrate your travel business into your current lifestyle or schedule
4. You Can Start Part Time
Unless you are working as an employed travel agent, starting part-time is recommended as your earnings will be 100% commission based and your will take some time to build up your clientele before going full time. Since you are not under any pressure from a boss to meet minimum quotas of work hours, you can start your travel business very part time and keep your full-time job, making travel a source of supplementary income at the outset. The flexible hours allow you to build your travel business in the evenings or on weekends until you are ready to go full time.
5. It’s A Happy Job
Think about it. You get to travel the world and do site inspections at the most exotic resorts and beach venues. You spend your days online looking at dream travel destinations. You get to help people create some of the happiest memories of their entire lives. Becoming a travel agent means you get to spend most of your days being a part of happy experiences. So many people are miserable at work each day. For this reason, alone, you should definitely become a travel agent