Independent Travel Agency

Written by Diane Sievert
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Starting an independent travel agency can provide you with financial freedom, travel opportunities, and a sense of independence you never imagined was possible from an employment opportunity. Before you sign up for any travel agent business opportunity it's important to review all of the data. There are a number of companies that promise amazing travel incentives and top rate commissions. Unfortunately, many of these companies don't deliver on their promises.

Running a successful independent travel agency takes a lot of work, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. If you want to work full-time as a home-based travel agent you need to make an initial investment in both time and money. Many agents prefer to work with host agencies because they offer marketing support. In addition, many host agencies are structured for higher profit margins for their independent agents. When you bring new agents to these host agencies you earn commissions off their sales as well.

Tools for a Successful Independent Travel Agency

The first thing you need to do when you start your own independent travel agency is set up shop. In the beginning you can set up a very simple work environment. If you don't have the initial capital to invest, all you really need is a space for your computer and a small budget for website development. If you're lucky enough to be computer savvy, you can reduce your start up costs even more.

A home-based travel agent needs access to the Internet. As an independent agent your primary job is to market existing travel packages. The host agency will provide you with information on available travel products, and it's your job to turn this information into dynamic sales presentations. Marketing is your number one tool for travel sales, and the Internet is the number one resource for travel industry consumers.


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