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Starting Your Own Business, and Why a Host Agency Is Right for You

Host Agency & Consortia | Travel Planners International | Kristina Rundquist | May 04, 2016

Starting Your Own Business, and Why a Host Agency Is Right for You

An exciting, fast-paced career that offers flexibility, travel to amazing destinations and lets you be your own boss. Sounds like a dream, right? It needn't be a pipe dream any longer. Thanks to today's wired economy and a shift in the traditional storefront travel agency model, the ability to work from home is a snap and has opened the doors to a wide range of careers, especially for travel professionals looking to make their own way with the help of an entity like Travel Planners International.

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Starting an at-home travel agency might seem daunting at first, especially for those with little to no experience in the field, but for those looking to make a go as an independent agent working with a reliable and professional host agency can make all the difference.

For independent agents, working with a host agency provides an extra safety net, as well as additional benefits. For starters, host agencies act as an umbrella for their agents, allowing them to book client travel through the agency's ARC and CLIA numbers.

Economy of scale is another benefit – suppliers will view host agency members as part of the larger host agency, meaning that agents can take advantage of booking discounts and other specials that they may not qualify for on their own. As for commissions, the most common model is a split commission but because fees may be attached and vary dramatically home-based agents are encouraged to shop around for a host agency that best suits their needs.

And there lies the rub – how exactly does one find a host agency? One relies on reliability. One looks for reputation. One looks at the myriad for an agency with a stable of top-notch suppliers. One looks for a host with the ability to pay some of the highest commission rates in the country.

One looks at an agency like Travel Planners International.

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Anyone interested in learning more about what it take to become a travel agent may also wish to consider ASTA's “Becoming a Travel Agent” course and accompanying handbook. The course takes prospects through the various travel agency business models in existence today, and covers training options, agent certifications and credentials, and includes a handy glossary of terms. The 44-page booklet offers a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of what it takes to become a professional travel consultant. Those ordering both the handbook and the online training course receive $50 off the Travel Leaders of Tomorrow's Travel Agent Training.


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