What’s It Going to Cost Me? Many newbies want to know what you will be charged them to “begin” as a home-based travel agent. It’s a relatively complicated question to answer, because everyone is different, with different goals and various needs. I like to say that the initial investment to starting out can range between pocket change to several thousand dollars. But no matter what business you’re in, keeping business start up costs to the very least is quite crucial. Let’s take a closer look. The traditional way to achieve that is to find an agency, a local agency usually to take you on as an outside sales representative.
No money changes hands. You consent to find reserve and clients their travel. The agency agrees to help you to use their IATA number with suppliers and also to gather and disburse commissions for you according for an agreed-upon formula, which is negotiated when you and the agency to draft your contract.
The problem with this scenario is that it can be difficult to find an agency willing to take you on. It’s a little different, of course, if you are an experienced agent with an inside background and (ideally) a following. But even experienced providers will get it hard to find an amenable local company. Another concern (it’s not quite a “problem”) is that the percentage splits offered in this example are typically less than the splits you will get elsewhere. My very first association with a bunch company was … Read more