How To Start A Travel Business From Home

How to start a travel business from home

Home based travel business is no longer the wave of the future. Home based travel companies are the trend right now. So if you are considering becoming a travel agent, this short guide will provide you with the information you need to know.

First, there are generally two types of home based travel companies:

  • referral agencies
  • Reservation and sales agencies

Home travel companies that fall into the referral agency category do exactly that: they refer people to a travel agency. They may have several agencies that they refer people to, but they will generally only have one travel agency that they work with on a regular basis. In return for referrals from the home business travel agent, the travel agency pays a referral fee or commission percentage on what the travel agency receives from the resource. Part-time referral agents can earn up to $500 on each sale, and sometimes more.

Home travel companies that fall into the booking and selling agency category usually work with a single travel agency. These booking and selling agencies actually do the booking and planning involved in making all the arrangements for the great trips.

These are the people who enjoy being present to all the little details. They serve, in one form or another, as facilitators between their clients and a travel agency. Home and selling travel agents earn a much higher percentage of the total commission – but they do a lot of work. However, someone who works full time at this time can earn $50,000 or more per year.

Some of the things that you will want to consider before you decide to open your own home based travel business are:

  • Do I need any special training or education?
  • Should I pursue this part time or full time?
  • Is my family supportive of my decision?
  • Do I have a room in my house where I can set up an office?
  • Should I get an extra phone line?
  • What type of office equipment do I need?
  • What am I going to do about accounting?
  • How can I manage my tax needs?
  • Is this a job I will love?
  • How much money do I want to earn?
  • Should I do any advertising?
  • Do I have the contacts I need to pursue this job opportunity?
  • If I don’t, how do I make the contacts I need?
  • Am I willing to put in the necessary effort in this work?
  • Does my state require a business license?

Once you have answered all or at least most of these questions, you will need to put together a business plan that outlines the steps you need to take to achieve your goal of owning your own home based travel business. A plan is not good unless you follow it.

You also need to make sure that your business plan is realistic. If you have to take a course to run the kind of travel agent home business you want, deciding to open shop next week just isn’t sensible. By being realistic with your business plan, you will save yourself countless frustrations when starting and growing your business.

And starting your own business, be it a home travel business or a European home travel tour, can be daunting. Be prepared for snags rearing their ugly little heads when you least expect them to, and roll with them as often as possible.

Your goal is to provide excellent and professional travel services. Don’t let a cranky client get to you. Always maintain a pleasant and cheerful demeanor. You can shout later. Better yet, you can laugh or laugh with friends, while sipping on a glass of fine wine that you bought with the money you earned as a home-based travel agent.