I heard recently from someone who was avidly studying the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course, but who felt that she was being “held back.”
Why? The answer was, “I’ve been in a job that I don’t like for 22 years, but I make $57,000 a year.”
It’s hard to quit your job, even one you don’t like. It’s especially hard to quit your job when you’re making good money.
But do you always have to quit your job to follow your dream?
Well, if your dream is to run away with the circus then, yes, you probably will have to quit your job. But becoming a home-based travel agent is an entirely different matter.
You don’t have to quit your job to launch your home-based travel agent career. In fact, you would extremely unwise to quit your job — at least to begin with.
You see it’s easy — incredibly easy — to get started as a home-based travel agent while holding down even the most demanding full-time job.
Think you need to quit your job? Think again.
In this post, I’d like to point out how it’s possible to function as a travel agent while keeping your present job. Most of the things I mention can be done in your spare time, in the evenings or on weekends.
- Book your own travel. You take a vacation or two every year, right? Using the strategies in the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course you can book those vacations as a travel agent and earn a commission.
- Enjoy ultra-low-cost fam trips. In the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course I show how even beginners can qualify to take so-called “fam trips” that will allow you to experience great cruises and other vacation experiences. Most of them allow you to bring along a spouse (but not other family members). Most of them last a week, so it’s easy to fit them in with your regular vacation time.
- What about family? How many of your family members, close and not so close, vacation or cruise each year? You can book them, too. In fact, if you can round up enough family members to take a cruise together, you can not only get better group rates but may even been able to travel free yourself!
- The same goes for friends. If you’ve already taken a vacation with friends, then you know how much fun it can be. Why not earn a commission on all that travel?
- Do you travel on business? Some people handle their own bookings (hotel, rental car) when they travel on business and then invoice the company for reimbursement. As a home-based travel agent you can get a commission on those bookings.
- Just do it. There’s nothing that says that you can’t try to sell as much travel as possible while still holding down a full-time job. The fact of the matter is that, if you’re just starting out, you probably won’t be overwhelmed with business right away. There will be plenty of time to “take care of business” in your spare time.
Pursuing strategies like this will accomplish a number of goals:
- You will start learning the ropes and developing self-confidence.
- You will be getting training (host agency, suppliers, personal experience) without the pressure of “making a living.”
- By collecting commissions, you will begin to understand what it will take to eventually quit your job.
- It takes a while for commissions to start coming in. For example, a cruise may be booked ten months before the sailing date, but commissions don’t get paid until a month after the sailing date! So your “day job” cushions you while you build a stream of commission income.
- You’ll be building a list of clients who will continue bringing you business for years to come.
Eventually, you will have a moment of realization where you say to yourself, “Hey, I’m good at this! I can make a living doing something I love, plus get all the benefits of traveling more myself!”
What do you do then?
Quit your job!