A growing number of travel agents are no longer found inside the walls of an office, but in their private homes doing business.
This is largely due to the automation of many transactions, the flexibility of the Internet, costs of renting a commercial property and caps on commissions from airlines, cruise ships and etc.
Becoming a Home Based Travel Agent
When starting a career as a home based travel agent, make sure you know what you need to help you get started.
Travel agent training
- Although formal training isn’t mandatory for this profession, it is very helpful especially for individuals who have no work experiences in the field. There are travel agent training courses offered online and in community colleges that will teach you how to operate computer reservation systems for airlines, famous tourist destinations and vacation packages that will help you better serve clients.
Draft a travel agency business plan
- An important aspect of starting a company is creating a business plan that will outline your company’s vision, mission, finances and etc. Planning can help you save money, enhance profits and speed up the growth of your home based travel consultancy business.
Be an independent travel consultant
- As a home based travel agent, it is essential to be affiliated with a successful and well established travel agency. By finding a credible and secure travel company and enrolling as a home based agent, you become a sales representative for the company. Tools are usually provided by your host company as well. Resources and online ticketing tools will be shared with you as you begin your career as a travel agent.
- You’ll need to find clients and start arranging their travel requests online with hotels, airlines, car rentals, cruises, and tour providers. It is the travel agency that usually issues the ticket and you earn a commission split as an outside travel agent.
There are agencies that will not employ untrained agents or outside sales representatives. But there are also travel companies who believe that the only way to increase sales in this era of internet travel is by embracing the philosophy of home based opportunities and accepting the benefits of having home based travel agents.
You can always start by referring friends, families and colleagues to your travel business as a first step to becoming a full-blown expert in the field.
Home based travel agents are usually paid through commissions. These commission splits can vary from one travel agency to another. Most home based travel agents earn a 50% to 60% commission for every package they close.
Selling cruises, resort packages and tours can earn you around $200 to $500 for every sale you make.