‘Am I Spinning My Wheels?’

by Kelly Monaghan 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…

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Event Tickets and Travel Agents

Event tickets and travel agents by Kelly Monaghan Here’s a question I received from Thelma: I want to be an event planner, which will include group trips to football games, plays and other places.  Will this course tell me how to obtain tickets to these events? Thelma, there are literally tens of thousands of “travel…

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Selling Cruise Value Can Double Your Commissions

Selling cruise value is key by Kelly Monaghan In the selling skills module of the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course, I spend a good bit of time discussing how to establish value as a way to overcome concerns about price. In the How To Book Cruises chapter, I discuss how price comparisons can be used…

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Women Travel Agents – The Truth

Women as travel agents by Kelly Monaghan I read an article once by Susan Spano of the LA Times about women as travel agents. She noted that (according to one study) 75% of all travel agents are women and pointed out what those of us on this side of the business (the home-based side) have…

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Travel Agent Training That’s Always Up To Date

by Kelly Monaghan How up to date is the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course? One of the great advantages of providing the course in an electronic format is that I don’t have to wait months for the next edition to appear. If something changes in the industry, I can update the text and make it…

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Immigrant Travel Agents Need to Think Outside the Ethnic Box

by Kelly Monaghan Many people who take my Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course are immigrants to the United States. Many of these immigrant travel agents want to service their own community. That’s a worthy goal. But is it a sound basis for a business plan? What we are talking about here is something known in…

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Home-Based Travel Agent: Is the Term Obsolete?

by Kelly Monaghan The term “home-based travel agent” has been around for nearly 20 years now. But some people in the industry say it’s time to toss it onto the dustbin of history. But does that really make sense? Is the term obsolete? Or is this a tempest in a teapot? When the phrase “home-based…

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Work From Home? How To Handle Those Pesky Neighbors

Pesky neighbors can be a problem by Kelly Monaghan Sometimes neighbors just don’t get it. They know you work at home, but they only seem to get the “at home” part and forget about the “work” part. The result: a trickle of “innocent” requests that, if not handled properly, can grow to a deluge. “Would…

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Travel Agent Courses: 5 Mistakes To Avoid

Travel agent courses and mistakes to avoid by Kelly Monaghan Are you thinking of becoming a home-based travel agent? And are you considering a travel agent course to help you learn how to do it? If so, this could be the most important article you’ll ever read because it can save you thousands of dollars…

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Rhode Island repeals its ‘license’ requirement

by Kelly Monaghan Well, finally! An outburst of sanity from a state legislature! The state of Rhode Island has repealed its requirement that travel agents get a “license” and post a bond. Here’s the wording from Commercial Licensing Bulletin 2008-1. Please be advised that as of June 6, 2008, Governor Donald L. Carcieri has signed…

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