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One of the most important relationships you have as a travel advisor is with your vendor representatives. Whether they are called BDMs (Business Development Managers) or SAMs (Strategic Account Managers) or some other title, their role is to help you successfully sell their product to your client. They do that in many ways from training …

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When you own a business there never seems to be a shortage of things to spend money on. Even if you have a fairly streamlined home-based travel agency you still have expenses. You need internet service, a phone, a computer, and so much more. There never seems to be a lack of things to spend …

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Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. – John Crosby A great mentor pushes you, pulls you, challenges you, and inspires you. It’s not a relationship that is just about giving you homework, or giving you praise when you achieve a goal. Sometimes it is about …

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Gifted Travel Network is proud to announce an “Instagram takeover” of our account by Smitten Honeymoons owner, Amy Pearson-Jensen. Amy will be detailing her experience on the Paul Gauguin Cruises sailing to the South Pacific. About Amy: Amy founded Smitten Honeymoons after her desire to help couples absorb the bliss surrounding their engagement and celebrate …

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One of the keys to being a successful business owner is maximizing income. Ideally, you want to generate as much income as possible without increasing your work load. In other words, if you want to double your income, working twice as hard or putting in twice as many hours isn’t a good answer. Thankfully, in …

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Gifted Travel Network is pleased to announce Sandy Saburn as our new Vice President. Sandy has previously been GTN’s Director of Sales for 2 years. Sandy came to the travel industry after 10 years as a business and career coach. After encouraging hundreds of clients to follow their dreams, Sandy decided to pursue her own …

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One of the first things people want to do when they start a new business is come up with the PERFECT business name. They come up with lots of options and ask all their friends and loved ones what they think. It is super important that they pick the name that perfectly represent their new …

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When you are first exploring the travel industry you will get lots of suggestions about the right way to start and build a business. Everyone has an opinion! And here’s mine: The biggest mistake you can make is to just jump in and be a generalist booking anything and everything. Lots of existing agents will …

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Like many other industries, the travel industry has “seasons”. The period of January through April is known as “wave season”, and is by far the busiest time of the year. There is another busy season I call “mini wave season” because it’s not as robust, but it’s still profitable. After the kids go back to …

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Are you a victim of Shiny Object Syndrome? Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) is a real thing in the travel business. Well, actually I just made up the name, but it IS a real thing! There are so many amazing fun things to see, do, and learn about and most of us want to do them …

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