I am often asked this question and it inspired me to write this article. There are many things you should consider when asking about a career as a travel agent. I suggest you consider which agency is a great fit for you and your professional needs. You should do your research on what an acceptable commission percentage is for you and what are your long-term goals.
Travel planning is an amazing career and being full-time will set you up for success. Let’s dig in to some pros and cons.
- I love creating amazing vacations for families.
- I love networking and making new friends in the industry.
- Having a smaller team to brainstorm and grow together with is amazing.
- We get to explore destinations around the world
- You make your own schedule
- Researching and exploring new destinations to grow your business
- We are on call 24/7 and 365 days a year. Think about this, your clients travel year round, this means cancelled or delayed flights, missed transfers, and issues at their resort, means you will most likely receive a call or email.
- We get paid commission after the client travels. Book today and then you are paid 6 months later after the client travels.
- The work load can be overwhelming if you are not organized.
- Need for strong organizational skills
- Spending time and quoting clients that do not book with you.
Obviously, this list is not an inclusive and covers everything; however, it does give you some things to consider for this career option.
You should definitely consider which agency is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for them. Always makes sure you ask about training, mentoring after training, what destinations the agency offers, support systems within in the team, and commission structure. Above all of this, make sure you read your contract! You should never sign your contract before reading and making sure you understand what you are approving with your signature.
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