Before proceeding, find out training courses that could be of help. There are travel agent courses offered in communities which can help you in finding out how to do reservations and bookings, also introduce you to the legal aspect of the business. You have to choose between being an individual agent or sign up with a company. You will have to learn how to talk about commissions. Also choose if you want to serve the whole market or focus on some particular travel destinations.
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Do not forget to make a business plan, it ensures that you are covering every aspect of the business. Define your costs and the funding. Also include relevant details regarding the market, competitors, profits etc. To make it legal, secure a business license. It is a requirement in many areas even if the business is home based. Get memberships that will help you in smooth running of the business. There are associations for travel agents; these will be good for your image and people will get to know about you. You will also get to interact with other professionals and learn from them.
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Allocate a room in your house for this business. Convert it into an office where you can interact with your clients and carry out all the searches and paper work. The office should have a computer, telephone and proper equipment to make it look professional. Also remember that no one will come to you unless they are aware of your existence, so market your business. Make a website which is colorful, appealing and interactive. Spread the word amongst family and friends as the word of mouth is a great way to advertise. Also, get some brochures and flyers printed; distribute them in your area.
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