Perhaps the office gossip, long commute with high gas prices and daily office grind has you wishing for a more fun and fulfilling career. If so, then working from the comfort of a home office planning dream vacations for clients (and sampling them yourself) sounds like a winning combination then consider being a work from home travel agent.
Recent media reports from major television network TV shows and national print publications have been promoting stories on why consumers need a travel agent. It appears that when consumer press highlights negative issues related to travel this sparks the desire for the traveling public to seek the advice of a travel agent to take care of them before, during and after the trip.
Travel planning is a personal and high service-level business. Many of your prospective clients as a work from home travel agent have been inundated with online information they could not validate or trust. Your job is to make it simple for them. A career as a work from home travel agent provides value to your clients by cutting through the travel clutter and delivering accurate information and recommendations based on the client’s personal needs and desires.
It’s no secret that an opportunity to work from home is a dream of many budding entrepreneurs. A work from home travel agent career ( full or part-time) is best launched as a franchisee or independent contractor of a large, well connected travel company. If making a career change, you will need the training, technology, marketing prowess and support of an organization in the full time business of launching newbies as a work from home travel agent.
Do your homework and research those with the best reputations and retention of agents. Your new career is attainable, it’s just over the horizon. Bon Voyage!
By: Janet Harris, Franchise Development Specialist, CruiseOne