Here is an email (somewhat edited) that I received from a prospective home-based travel agent who wondered if she was “spinning my wheels.”
I am a retired executive assistant … and going nuts having nothing to do, with the job market being as bad as it is. In addition to working as an exec. asst. I was also a successful realtor for 27 years. Working from home sounds like it would work out well for me, because I need the additional income and love to travel. Ironically, my late daughter worked for [the airlines] her whole life.
Do I need to know all the stuff she had to study to join the travel industry? Do you feel honestly that this is something I could grasp? Right now I am on a very limited income and want to spend my money wisely.
Well, let me answer the easiest question first.
I have no way of knowing whether this person — or anyone — will be able to “grasp” the course. I’d sure like to think so. In fact, one of the nicest compliments I ever got for the course was that it was like having a friend sitting by their side and explaining the business to them.
Still, everyone’s different and how do I know how different you might be? That’s one reason I have a no-time-limit, no-questions-asked money back guarantee. If you feel you can’t “grasp” my course, you can get your money back without having to embarrass yourself.
On the other hand, anyone who has been a successful realtor has a big leg up in this business. They understand sales and they understand the value (and most likely the process) of helping people come to a good decision, one that will be right for them.
I can reassure the questioner on one point: You most definitely do not need to know all the stuff your daughter had to know. In fact, you can avoid the hassles (and they are many) of dealing with airlines altogether (except in some limited situations, which are discussed in the course).
Yet on the other hand (are we running out of hands?), I am bothered by the mention of “very limited income.” I take considerable pride in teaching how to do everything associated with being a home-based agent for the least possible amount of money. Even so, any new business requires some “venture capital.”
You can make very good money as a home-based travel agent, but even if you join the 5 percent or so who earn over $100,000 a year, you won’t get there overnight. There is always a time lag between the first sale and the first commission check; it could be six months or more.
So if you need money next week, get a job that pays a weekly salary. Then you can start saving up that “venture capital.” I recommend at least $1,000. This should be money you feel you can afford to lose. After all, you may discover you hate being a travel agent.
To sum up, this is the sort of question I get from time to time, but one which in all honesty I cannot answer, except in the roundabout way I have used here. You really need to look inside and determine whether you have the resolve and the gumption to make your dreams come true. I’d like to think that if anyone spends the time to absorb the material on the HomeTravelAgency.com web site, which gives a pretty good idea of how the business works and what’s involved, they will be able to answer these questions for themselves.