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If there was one tip I wish someone had given me when I first became a travel agent was this: Do NOT take any and all business that comes your way. Instead, establish a boundary from day 1. The boundary could be based upon a minimum amount of commission you will make per booking. It …

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When you announce to your friends, family and prospects that you have become a travel agent, don’t be surprised if you get the reply, “I didn’t know travel agents still existed!”  The reason why is that visibility of the travel agent profession is gone. Why?  In the past 10-15 years, thousands and thousands of traditional …

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When you become a travel agent, you will soon discover that one of the greatest curses of the travel business is also one of its greatest blessings:  It’s easy to get in. This is a blessing for people with an undying passion for travel.  It’s a great option.  You can work from home.  It costs very …

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A long time ago, when I first became a travel agent, a question that ran through my head every single day was, “How do I attract millionaires and billionaires and get them as clients?”  Why?  I was tired of honeymoon budgets of $2K to $3K.  You know the kind … beer budgets with champagne taste. …

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If you are asking this question, my assumption is that you have a strong desire to attract excellent, ideal clients. Lots of them. And preferably a nice, consistent, never-ending flow of them. Sound good so far? And if you are asking this question, you have probably tried a lot of things to attract good clients. …

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When you become a travel agent, Facebook will likely be a part of your marketing strategy.  But proceed with a solid strategy and for the right reason.  Many people jump into Facebook because they hear that it’s the place to be, or that they HAVE to in order to survive.  They feel their way around, …

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Yes, I can give you guidance on delivering great service in 2 words:  follow up.  How many times have you heard the expression, “the fortune is in the follow up?” But yet, so few of us actually take full action on this philosophy and instead fail at the follow up game.  We are afraid to …

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The power of a great elevator speech is very under rated. So much can change when you have a good one and it’s worth the time and effort to get one together. And now, I have a very simple formula you can follow, that will make it super easy. Here is the formula: “I help …

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The grand majority of people who become a travel agent have never been business owners before.  As a first time business owner, you are going to make mistakes, especially in your first 3 years.  I made many mistakes myself and I have witnessed hundreds and hundreds of people who became a travel agent make endless …

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The topic of specializing is one that gets thrown around travel industry conferences and events like a beach ball in a giant stadium.  Should you specialize?  Yes.  Absolutely.  Every single person who becomes a travel agent should specialize.  Why should you specialize?  I’ll answer that question extensively in a bit. But before I do, I …

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