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Do I have what it takes to be a travel agent?

From Operating a Home Travel Agency
By Jennifer Dugan, www.travelathome.com

Of course being a travel agent from home is like any type of career, it isn’t for everyone. However, for a wide range of people, it is a great industry. Here are some reasons travel may be good for you.

You like people. You don’t have to like everyone but generally like people. If you don’t, then this probably isn’t the best career for you. You have to interact with customers and suppliers.

You enjoy helping people. You are a consultant for people who are planning a trip. Your job is to help your clients plan and go on trips. You can’t be someone who is annoyed when someone asks for help.

You like to travel. If you are a traveler yourself, you will have information on different destinations. If you do like to travel, you can save money on your own vacations.

Everyone already calls you. Your friends and family contact you anytime they need help making their travel plans.

You are someone who knows how to use the Internet. While everyone else you know can’t seem to maneuver around the web, you can get online and find just about anything.

You enjoy projects and researching things. This is one of the areas that has made me the agent I am today. I did not do a lot of traveling and I actually failed geography class! But I know how to research and find out information for my clients. I use the Internet and books to help me.

You love to dream. I am constantly thinking of the next place I would like to go and spend hours searching for things. My searching helps me to learn more and more about the world and places to visit.

You aren’t afraid to pick up the phone and call suppliers to get information. You don’t have to know every location in the world or have traveled all to be a good agent. If you are the type of person who will pick up the phone and call someone for help, you will do just fine. Suppliers are there to help you plan your clients’ trips.

You are looking for a way to have a second income. If you already have a job this business is one that won’t require you to work long hours or stay in any location for too long.

Whatever the reason for deciding to being a home based travel agent, it can be a wonderful opportunity for a variety of people.

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