Did you know that more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home? It’s true and it’s a surprising fact to many.
And no, we are not talking about the signs posted on power line poles or the scam listings on Craigslist. These are real, living-wage jobs.
It comes down to this: Home-based businesses are easier to start than ever due to several factors, with technology being at the top of the list.
Technology has driven the ability for people to work anywhere, as evidenced by the smartphone revolution and the ability to “connect” and do business regardless of your location. It isn’t just technology itself driving the growth in home based businesses, but the low cost of entry to access that technology and related tools.
As you consider a travel job for your next move, think about ways to start your very own travel business. Travel agent jobs are out there in every site that publishes job opportunities, despite what you may have heard about their demise. Indeed, the travel industry relies heavily on travel agents to get the job done and fill their planes, ships and hotels, rewarding them handsomely in the process.
You can land a traditional travel agent job and work for someone else, or you can take the bigger step and start your own home-based business as a travel agent. It comes down to whether or not you have the ability to work for several months with no income to build your business. For some this isn’t a reality, but for those who can make this move, the rewards of building your own home-based business can pay off in a career in travel.
What’s the best way to get started as a travel agent running your own home-based business? Explore the opportunities presented by larger host agencies that offer services to help you get started. These services typically include marketing programs, starter websites, and recognition as a seller of travel with major travel suppliers you will be booking. Many of these host agencies offer these options with little to no upfront costs, reducing your risk in some cases. You should also look at franchise models in travel, like Cruise Planners, that provide an even higher level of support to drive your success. As a franchisor, they have more regulations that they have to abide by in earning your business and making you a franchise rather than a host agency. Like most franchises you’re buying a proven system or process that helps to ensure you get off to a fast start and grow your business from there.
How Much Can You Make?
Starting your own home based-business in travel has many rewards, including earning more an annual income into six figures, but you’re going to have to work hard to make that happen. It won’t happen overnight, but you will build up a clientele, based on successfully engaging clients and delivering on their travel dreams.
If you have wanderlust and want to explore the world, a home-based business selling travel could just be your ticket.