How to Build a Travel Agency Business From Home

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If you love to travel and your friends always ask you for recommendations, you might start wondering how to build a travel agency business from home and turn your passion into a career. You may be asking — where do you start looking for advice and guidance on starting your own travel business?

At Dream Vacations, we have the experience and expertise to guide you through the process of starting your own business and to help you get your foot in the door of the travel industry. When you become one of our franchise owners, you’ll have the power of Dream Vacations’ stellar reputation and brand behind you from the very start. Buying a franchise with no experience can be an incredible opportunity — Dream Vacations is here to help you succeed at every step along the way, from setting up a travel agent business plan to finding new customers and operating your business as smoothly as possible.

Getting Started

We’ve made the process of becoming a Dream Vacations Franchise Owner simple and easy. All you need to bring is a passion for travel and a drive to succeed! At Dream Vacations, we’ll help you get the right travel agent license for your jurisdiction and for what you want to sell. And our online, on-demand training modules (along with our intensive weeklong initial training course, available online or in-person) will keep you up to date with the latest travel trends. 

With Dream Vacations, your travel agency startup costs are very affordable – the initial investment fee can be as low as $3,500. There are a wide range of discounts available, too, including for active and retired first responders, medical professionals, educators and military veterans and their immediate family. Plus, when you work from home, you can obtain an even greater value – and you can operate your franchise from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Dream Vacations can also help you find and take advantage of the many travel agent tax deductions available. If you work from home, you may be able to deduct a portion of your utility or internet bills. Plus, there are deductions available for travel expenses, networking costs, insurance premiums, marketing expenses and more!

How to Get Clients as a Travel Agent

The key to success in the travel industry is building your customer base. There are lots of ways to build that base if you’re willing to put in the work.

Maybe the most reliable way to get new customers is good, old-fashioned networking. Reach out to people you know — friends, relatives, co-workers and other people in the community — and let them know about the services you’re offering through your Dream Vacations franchise. And when they have a good experience, ask them to tell other people. Though we live in an increasingly digital world, word of mouth still goes a very long way. You can also attend trade shows or join local business networks in your area, where you can meet new potential clients face-to-face and show them how they can benefit from what you offer. Your Dream Vacations Business Development Manager will help guide you through the best ways to grow your client base.

Aside from networking, you should also consider social media and email marketing tools when you think about how to build a travel agency business. Some of our owners have even created private Facebook groups for their clients, where they can get updates on promotions and new destinations. With Dream Vacations, you’ll have access to millions of dollars’ worth of award-winning marketing material that can be customized to your market and your clientele – and a nationally-recognized brand that enables you to sell every kind of vacation experience!

How Do Travel Agents Make Money?

As a Dream Vacations Franchise Owner, your clients will rely on you for the knowledge and expertise that will turn their travel experiences from ordinary to extraordinary! Our franchise owners go the extra mile to make sure their clients get the best possible trip for them.

Dream Vacations Franchise Owners make their money through commissions on every sale they make. This includes base vacation packages as well as travel protection packages, excursions, hotel stays, consolidated airfares, optional cruise activities, all-inclusive resort stays, tours, travel insurance and more! Dream Vacations Franchise Owners access the highest-tier commissions in the travel industry! Franchise owners may also work alongside independent contractors known as “advisors” and earn a portion of every sale one of their advisors makes while providing them with mentorship and guidance – a fantastic way to grow your business.

Contact Us Today!

If you’re curious about how to build a travel agency business from home and you’re ready to get started with your own Dream Vacations franchise, we’re ready to give you all the information you need! Sign up for our webinar today!