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There is great news for people who love travel and want to start their own travel business: you have options! Ten years ago (and even 5 years ago) the options for people wanting to get into travel were very limited. But now with so many great host agencies out there and more training programs, becoming …

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I’m having trouble feeling comfortable working from home. It seems like someone in my family always needs me, or I get distracted with domestic chores. Any suggestions? Solo Entrepreneurship is an amazing journey!  However, it can also be extremely isolating if we aren’t careful.  I think it comes down to organization and setting boundaries.  Here …

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When people begin exploring the travel industry they are often confused by the concept of a host agency. But once they figure out they need one, they begin looking to find the “best” one. There are so many differences it can be hard to compare, but they usually pick one based on what they feel …

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Your business card is a very important (and relatively inexpensive) piece of your Marketing Foundational tools and you will want to always have a good supply on hand – both for handing out individually to prospects you meet and for placing on a table at a trade show or festival at which you are exhibiting.  …

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Sandals will wrap your car. Almost every cruise line will print flyers and materials with your logo and contact information. You can use co-op dollars to get banners with vendor logos and imagery. But just because you can, should you? I think the answer should be “no” more often than it is “yes”. Why? Because …

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I am writing this answer assuming no Seller of Travel laws prevent you from collecting fees directly from customers, but if you live in California or Florida (or are selling to residents of those states) you will need further clarification. In most cases, you do NOT need to run your service fees through your host.  …

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Every agency in the world has a preferred vendor list and a lot of things go into determining who goes on that list. But how do YOU as an agent decide who to book with? Like anything else in life, we all have our go-to choices who are comfortable for us to work with. But …

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First of all, my answer to the first part of the question is an enthusiastic “YES”!  However, I do realize that many travel professionals, especially NEW ones, often feel like they don’t have enough experience to justify charging a fee.  It’s that “imposter syndrome” that you have to get over very quickly.  So why should …

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Just as with the example shared in last week’s article, we are going to use an average booking size of $4,000. That might be smaller or larger than your average booking, but it will give us an example to work from. Over the course of a year if you make 104 bookings (2 per week) …

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