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There is one, big, wrong reason to become a travel agent that continues to get included in so many recent articles about this subject, that I decided it was time to write an article on the right reasons to become a travel agent. The number 1 wrong reason to become a travel agent is to …

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When you become a travel agent you will be both a travel agent AND a business owner.  You will wear many hats! Let’s see, there’s marketing manager, client services manager, book keeper, errand runner, sales person, and the list goes on. How do you keep it all straight? How do you make sure you deliver …

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When you first become a travel agent, whether you work from home or in an office, having a consortium that aligns with your business’ objectives is incredibly important and powerful. But I realize how confusing it all can be because one of your first steps is to find the right host agency or franchise. Now, …

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There is one, big, wrong reason to become a travel agent that continues to get included in recent articles about this subject, that I decided it was time to write an article on the right reasons to become a travel agent. The number 1 wrong reason to become a travel agent is to feed your …

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With so many DIY options for travelers to book their own vacations, a great question to ask, when you become a travel agent, is what does it take for a traveler to want a travel agents’ help? Marketing guru, Dan Kennedy, actually has the answer for you in his 5 steps to getting a client …

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Branding, branding, branding. Blah, blah, blah. It can be so easy to blow off this marketing subject and skip to the part of marketing that gets you clients. Why do you think those emails and direct mail pieces created by your suppliers and sent to your clients on behalf of your consortia are so easy …

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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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