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 The state of Rhode Island has repealed its requirement that travel agents get a “license” and post a bond.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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What should a travel agent tweet about?

by Kelly Monaghan Are you on Twitter? If you’re not, don’t freak out. I don’t believe that every travel agent has to be tweeting like crazy. Twitter is not for everyone and I think it kinda depends on your business model and specialty whether Twitter makes sense for you. But let’s say you are on…

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The Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course is ‘Kindle-ready’

A Kindle ready course by Kelly Monaghan UPDATE: The printed version of the course is no longer available. If you own a Kindle Wireless Reading Device, you can place the electronic files of your Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course on Amazon’s handy portable device. All seven modules of the course are provided in PDF format…

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What Makes A Top Travel Agent?

Tips on becoming a top travel agent by Kelly Monaghan Richard Earls of TRO gave a fascinating presentation in the waning hours of the OSSN Home-Based Travel Agent Show here in Atlantic City. He cited seven key characteristics based on interviews with travel agents rated the best in the biz by a variety of sources.…

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A nifty research tool for travel agents

By Kelly Monaghan Here’s a fun way to research travel destinations. Copy this link and paste it in to your favorite browser. Now, replace the XXXX with your favorite travel destination. The result? a spiffy slide show courtesy of Flickr. To get you started, here are three of my favorites: pienza, wengen, and monemvasia. I…

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