Former Accountant Loves the Training Opportunities to Successfully Run Her Cruise Franchise
Darci Upham worked as an accountant for a car dealership before a move across state lines prompted her to find a new career. In 2006, Darci opened her CruiseOne franchise and found that many of her accounting skills translate into small business ownership – tracking finances, customer service and computer skills.
Particularly in franchise ownership, the number one piece of advice is to “Do what you love.” Darci believes the key to success in the travel agency business is a passion for travel. If you love travel and you find yourself obsessing over planning your own trips and helping friends and family plan and research their trips, then you will love this business. Darci takes this to heart and says “I absolutely love my business because I get to do what I love every day. I get to be a part of the happiest moments in people’s lives. I am obsessed with travel so I love sharing that passion with clients.”
Darci has been running her travel agency franchise full-time out of her home since day one and finds the franchise gives her all the tools to be successful and she has participated in many marketing and lead programs. She says, “I’ve never asked for a lot of help because I prefer to find the answers myself, but our Headquarters staff is AMAZING. They are supportive, friendly and eager to help. They are constantly coming up with new ideas to drive business to us. Our technology is constantly being updated and improved to keep us ahead of our competition. And we have unlimited training opportunities to learn about all of the travel products available to us and their updates.”
Darci’s Dream Vacation is a Galapagos cruise with a trip to Machu Picchu.