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Title: Become A Modern Work-From-Home Travel Agent


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Become A Modern Work-From-Home Travel Agent
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  • You are an entrepreneur-in-the-making and you
    have chosen to become a travel agent that works
    from home. Since you might be new to the travel
    industry, you might wonder what technologies and
    equipment modern travel agent needs to be
    successful. 

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Your Essential Equipment.
  • The essential tools of your Work from Home
    business do not have to be costly or of high end.
  • You may already be using some of them.

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Knowledge Experience
  • This may not seem like a tool. However, it is
    an important asset and aspect. It makes a
    significant difference in how successfully you
    establish, grow and maintain your business.
  • If you do not have experience as a travel agent,
    consider taking classes at an institute. There
    are independent certification courses or programs
    that can asset you to become a travel agent.
  • The advantage of travel agent certification is
    that you will be introduced to the various
    software platforms.
  • MOS utility or Multilink is a leading online
    travel portal provider. It supplies (hotels,
    airlines, car rentals, etc.) information on
    scheduling and inventory. Systems like this are
    essential to your business.

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Your Work From Home Office
  • Your home office setup can be fairly simple. 
  • You will need
  • A quiet workspace dedicated to your business. 
  • Furniture might include a desk and chair, and a
    file cabinet/storage.
  • Equipment should include a computer (PC or
    notebook), a mobile phone, a printer, fax
    machine, and copier (or an all-in-one system),
    and reliable, fast internet access. Be aware that
    todays travel agents are highly mobile and need
    a good mobile phone with a strong calling plan.
    That mobile phone becomes a link to API or online
    travel portal like the one provided by
    Multilink, that enables agents to access
    real-time scheduling information in just seconds.
    Even better, the app also functions on your
    desktop PC and on all mobile devices.
  • Software requirements are basic the standard
    software already installed on your computer like
    Excel, Quicken, Acrobat Reader, a word processing
    program (you will not need travel industry-based
    proprietary software). 
  • If you are a travel agency employee working from
    home, you will have access to your agencys
    software systems for reservations. As a new
    independent business owner, youll most likely be
    working with a host agency that can provide wider
    access to the GDS. 
  • A valuable tool is Multilink travel Portal that
    is designed to work on Windows, Macintosh, or
    Linux, on desktops and laptops.
  • Fees Your local government may require you to be
    registered as a business and obtain a permit for
    operating a home business. 
  • Depending on which state or country you establish
    your business you may also be required to become
    a travel agent who is certified or licensed
  • The host agency with which you work may charge a
    fee. The new business owner will want to
    carefully evaluate host agencies benefits and
    fees before making a decision and an
    investment. There are also host agencies that do
    not charge a sign-up fee.You may also want to
    join various travel industry organizations or
    trade associations.

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The B2B Agency or Host Agency
  • As a fledgling work from home travel agent, it
    may be most cost-effective and learning practices
    for you to work through a host agency
    link Multilink (MOS utility). This frequently is
    the way an experienced agent or former agency
    owner becomes a successful home-based travel
    agent.
  • The benefits of using a host agency link
    Multilink can be significant for the emerging
    travel agent, from cost savings to mentoring.
  • Continue building using your equipment kit.
  • You are building a toolkit with which you will
    build your travel agency. Not everything has to
    be accomplished at once. Take one step at a time,
    add to your equipment kit as you go along, and
    give yourself credit for being courageous. Best
    wishes for your success!

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