As a home-based travel agent, you will need plenty of support in order to be successful. You need to establish connections, get proper training and acquire all the technology necessary to support your clients. While all of this may seem daunting at first, breaking it down will make it easier for you to get started.
Making connections in the travel industry is the first step in ensuring you will have a positive experience as a home-based travel agent. If you align yourself with a travel franchise, instead of working independently, you can take advantage of the connections the franchise has already established. Dream Vacations has unparalleled buying power within the travel industry, so by working with our suppliers, you can be sure you are offering your clients the best deals in the industry.
Getting proper training is important for any travel agent’s success, but especially if you are new to the travel industry. Training should cover specific areas such as:
- Cruise lines and land vendors
- Technology tips
- Soft sales skills
- Marketing best practices
- Customer service
With a comprehensive training program, you will learn the necessary skills for operating the technology you need in order to market, sell and service your client. Using technology, you can efficiently manage a CRM and reservation/booking system, as well as financial reporting for your business. By using a centralized system for your different tech needs, you can stay organized and make sure you have all your bases covered. Joining a franchise system will provide you with the technology resources and back-end support you need.