Travel agents work from home or a storefront to assist customers with making travel arrangements. Agents make their livings from sales commissions and often receive discounts on their own travel expenses. Because travel agents require no specific certification, anyone with drive can become a travel agent for free. Those who call themselves "natural salespeople" often excel at a job as a travel agent. However, anyone with a passion for travel and a strong sense of determination can became an independent travel agent.
Train using an online course or by taking courses at your local community college. Because there are no specific requirements for becoming a travel agent, you do not need to take any specific course. Focus on learning as much as you can about the travel industry.
Set up a home office. If you lack space to host clients, focus on helping clients via e-mail or telephone. Include a desk, a computer with Internet access and a telephone, if possible. If space and materials permit, include seating for clients who visit your office.
Contact businesses such as hotels, airlines, and all-inclusive resorts. These companies offer commissions to travel agents. Check company websites for details, or ask another travel agent about his commission policies. These companies should supply you with brochures to give to clients. Place these brochures in plain view on your desk.
Advertise your business for free by using flyers and placing free online classifieds advertisements.
In the future, you may wish to join a host agency. These agencies have access to a wide network of suppliers that provide commission. However, these agencies often charge an entry free.
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- In the future, you may wish to join a host agency. These agencies have access to a wide network of suppliers that provide commission. However, these agencies often charge an entry free.