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Online travel agency- All you need to know to start one

Starting an online travel agency is no mean feat, I have had my fair share of travel mishaps. I once traveled with my hubby and little kids, unfortunately for us, we were delayed a bit at the immigration point. Because of that, we could not contact the cab driver who usually picked us upon arrival. This meant we had to pick up anyone that was available.  Our mistake, because between handling 2 tired and cranky kids and offloading our travel bags when we arrived at the hotel, my hubby forgot his cell phones in the cab. The cab driver had left before we realized it was missing. unfortunately for us, it was never returned. We called the airport hoping he took it there, but since we could not give the name of the cab driver, he could not be identified. That was how we lost those cell phones, It amazed us that those phones were never returned. The moral of this story, had we used the services of an online travel agency, We will probably have recovered those phones because it could have been traced to the person who picked and dropped us off. Having said this, an online travel agency is a profitable business venture which anyone who has an interest in travel and tourism business can engage in. In this post, I lay it out to you step by step on how to start an online travel agency. Book cheap flights 1  Decide the Niche you will be serving 2  Search out the Host agency to use 3 Set up your online travel agency  Business 4 Market your Business Join us as we help you start a home business Email* First Name Yes, please keep me updated on news, events and offers * By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. * Subscribe  Provided by SendPulse Steps to Starting An Online Travel Agency Business. 1 Decide What Niche You Will Play in Deciding on a Niche to play in your business is a major question which everyone who wants to start any business online should answer. In the world of online business, especially with starting a new online travel agency. The only way you can make an impact and succeed is by deciding to play in a specific niche. The jack of all trades master of none syndrome will not play here because you will not be able to attract your specific customers. You may decide as you grow to increase your areas of expertise. But in starting out you cannot afford to be everything to everyone, you are not ice cream hahaha, So choosing a  niche to play in is a major hoop you have to jump. This one single decision will determine how you will attract your customers online and how you will market to them. In  making your Niche Decision you need to answer these questions a  Are you passionate about this niche : Passion is a key decider of what you are going to do online because an online business requires that you be willing to work on it until you succeed. Are you passionate enough about your niche to create products that will wow your customers? For example, in marketing any product online, you have to write about it, that is blogging. In some cases, you have to talk about this niche in the form of podcasting. Now if you are not passionate about your product niche you may find yourself struggling to build this business. Even though you were excited about it a moment ago. So before you set on starting your online travel agency, you have to answer that question, what niche will I serve and am I passionate about this niche? b  Do you have the skills to serve this market: In starting an online travel agency, do I have the skills to serve my market? If you have worked with an established travel agency before you may be able to quickly answer this question because its something that you have been trained to do. However, if all you have is just a desire to serve this market, then its time to take a course that will help you to acquire the skills you need in other to start an online travel agency. You may also want to take some certifications in other to gain more credibility. This is because people will always trust someone who was certified to do something, than someone who is just doing it without any formal training. To become a certified travel agent you can check out Ashworth college for some courses to help you. I will highlight some of the necessary certifications in the latter part of this post. Please note that these certifications do not necessarily mean you can not start an online travel agency without them. It’s just that you will need them for credibility. In the latter part of this post, I show you a shortcut to having the benefit of these certifications without you paying to acquire them. Please understand that there is a difference between, certifications and training for your job. Training for the business you want to start is just to help you to acquire the skills needed for you to set up and start your business. While certifications are industry requirements which give you credibility. c  Do you understand how this  market behaves In acquiring the skill you need, you may also want to check your industry statistics to understand what are the uptimes and downtimes for your industry. For example, it’s not hidden that a lot of people travel during the summer in the western part of the world. That’s because the weather is good and people love to be out and about But what you may not understand is the reverse is the case for people who live in the tropics who want to experience the cold winters in the west. So understanding how your industry operates is a major issue in setting up your online travel agency. 13 smart ways to make money during summer Examples of Niches available in this market -Cruise travels -Luxury Travels -Group Tours -Destination specialist travels -Disney -Adventure travel -Women only vacations -Men only vacation -Grand travels -Disabled travelers -Travelers with pets d  Do you have a travel agent business plan: In starting your online travel agency, you will have to figure out how to make money in this business. After all, you are in business to make money right? What will your income streams be? 2: How To Make Money from your Online Travel Agency Business. 1- Sell Tickets 2- Book Travel Tours 3- Speaking Engagements: E.g – Conferences, Training. 4- Write Travel guides and sell them as Ebooks 5-Sell travel insurance 6-Offer consulting services to people who want to set up a travel department 7-Sell online courses for people who want to start this business. 8- Affiliate marketing via Blog posts Affiliates that you can sign up for to monetize your travel Blogging Trip Advisor Travel Payouts Booking.com Expedia With the income streams already identified, it is time to structure out a plan. To create your online travel agency business plan, you need the home business owner planner. The home business planner is designed to help you brainstorm your ideas and create a full-scale plan from idea conception to concept delivery. Click the picture below to get it for 17.99 USD. 3: Search Out A Host Agency To Use: Remember the shortcut I talked about earlier, yes, this is it. Using a Host agency as a base for setting up your online travel agency is the shortcut you will need to bypass having to get some certifications required by the industry. So what is a Host Agency to an online travel agency A host agency is like that big corporation that is  into  a travel agency business, You sign up with them and you present your business to other people with their qualifications. This means that the certifications they have are available to you because you have their permission to sell for them. Think of your host agency as the big guy that has subcontracted its part of finding customers for it to you. You get to use their booking number and other certifications that are required for you to be accepted as a travel agent. Pros of using a Host travel agency -You bypass a lot of legal requirements which may require that you have your own accreditation before you start a business. -Some of these requirements may be licenses and certifications -Low start-up cost, because you do not have to worry about paying for accreditation before you have made money -Opportunity to work with a known brand which already has credibility built up hence you cut down your time to market. -Free training from them because they want you to succeed. -You get to build up a portfolio of networks and suppliers and customers through them. Cons -Your business is typically dependent on them if they go south you go south -You may find that you cannot build your own personal brand because you are using their name and number. -Pay is commission based which will only come in after the buyer has used the service. I am sure by now, you are itching to know the best Host travel agencies are  available so you can begin to apply, Not to worry here they are Types of Host Travel Agency -Avoya -Travel Planners International -Dugans travels -Gifted travel network -Nexion -Cruise One/ Dream vacations -Flight center independent -Oasis travel network To learn how to choose the best travel network, watch this video  Now that you have settled in your heart the Host travel agency to use as a travel agent, its time to set up your business. 4: Set up your Online Travel Agency. To set up your online travel agency you need to take note of some legal aspects, they include: Business license: This includes either to set up as a DBA or an LLC or perhaps even an enterprise or a corporation. Whatever you decide to do, ensure you are well informed as to what the tax liabilities are. For more information on this visit Small business administration Set up your Business. This includes deciding from the word go how you will want to operate your online travel agency. If you want to become an independent travel agency that has its own licenses then you have to be ready to get the required certifications and licenses. Here are some of them Certifications Certified Travel agent- CTP Travel and Tourism Professional- TTP Total Travel certification-TTC Professional travel agent- PTA All these are not necessarily required before start off but they give you credibility. Therefore, even though you may not have any as you start out, it is advisable you get one of them. Apart from these certifications which help to boost your credibility, you are then required to have an accreditation number which helps suppliers to recognize you as an accredited travel professional. It gives you the ability to book tickets, collect commissions and generally function as travel agency professional Some of these Accreditation agencies are as culled from Hostagency reviews ARC- Airline reporting corporation: This is basically formed to operate for US-based travel agencies. It acts as an accounting firm that handles financial transactions between airlines and travel agencies. You can issue ticketing if you have the accreditation. It may cost you up to 2000 dollars to get this accreditation and you will still get to pay 210 dollars annual fee. To learn more go here.  IATA: International airline transport association: This accreditation firm is quite big and offers a variety of accreditation options for their accreditation number. Their accreditation number is recognized worldwide. So here are the varieties IATA- For an international travel agency with air ticketing IATA- International with no air ticketing IATAN- US-based travel agency with air ticketing IATAN US-based with non air ticketing. To read more about how they operate go...

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it’s playing in my head now hahaha, on the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me—– I am sure you know the rest of the song.

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