Hearts and the color red are common themes in February, and not only because of Valentine’s Day. In an effort to raise awareness about reducing Heart Disease, the American Heart Association has named February American Heart Month. As people examine ways to improve their heart health this month, reducing stress comes top of mind and they may want to re-evaluate their career and follow their passion.
People with a passion for travel, who pay attention to detail and love helping others, should consider a career in the travel industry. Here are five ways owning a home-based travel franchise reduces stress:
- 1. Be Your Own Boss
Besides clients who hopefully become repeat customers, the only person you have to impress is yourself when you become your own boss. Gone is the anticipation of an annual performance review, early morning meetings with the boss and company politics. As a small business owner, you set your own attainable goals and are in control of your own destiny.
- 2. Flexible Hours
Tired of working 9 to 5? When owning a business, especially a home-based franchise, you have the luxury of customizing your own hours to accommodate not only your personal schedule, but also the needs of your customers. This flexibility makes it possible to achieve a work/life balance.
- 3. No Traffic
Getting to and from work can be the most stressful part of one’s day. When owning a home-based travel franchise, your commute is literally footsteps away from your bedroom to your home office. Traffic is never an issue and you get to save money on gas and travel expenses.
- 4. Support System
When you are part of a franchise system, you are in business for yourself but not by yourself. Being a small business owner can be overwhelming. When you are part of a franchise system, not only can you rely on other franchise owners to offer advice, but you can partner with them at community events. In addition, there is a headquarters team who is available to assist your every need from technology and marketing to customer service and accounting.
- 5. Travel Perks
Vacations are important to one’s mental and physical health, and working in travel you have access to significantly reduced industry rates. In addition, if you want to mix business with pleasure take advantage of the familiarization (FAM) trips which many hotels, resorts and cruise lines offer so you can experience their product first-hand and confidently sell it to clients.
If you are ready to take a vacation from your life’s work, become your own boss and pursue your passion for travel, than consider opening a home-based travel franchise.