A Lifelong Career in Travel
While prior travel industry experience is not a prerequisite of owning a travel agency franchise, many travel agents have worked in the industry, just in a different capacity. Peggy Rosenthal worked for many years in the travel technology space until she retired in 2012 and decided she wanted to own her own business. Buying a travel agency franchise seemed a natural fit and she knew her travel industry experience, management, marketing and sales experience would come in handy. Peggy studied the market and determined that there was, indeed, a need (or certainly plenty of space) for new travel agents in her area. She built a business plan, talked to a few franchisors, took the plunge and has never looked back. The best part of business ownership? For Peggy, it is knowing that she is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the business. Plus, she really enjoys setting her own hours which allows her to pursue other interests.
Owning a franchise you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. For Peggy, the support from Dream Vacations is outstanding. She says “I could never produce the marketing materials, website and incentive programs on my own. The network of owners is another great source of support. We help each other rather than compete with each other.”
Peggy’s advice to others who are interested in starting a career as a travel agent and small business owner – “Make sure you have sufficient income/assets to support yourself for at least 18 months. The sales cycle can be long and income isn’t realized until trips are paid and sometimes concluded. Starting a business is stressful, as you get your feet wet, hit the pavement and go out on your own. Added stress from lack of financial assets will not help.”
An African Safari is Peggy’s Dream Vacation.