If you love traveling and planning travel, have you ever considered a travel agent job?
Being a travel advisor, also called an agent or consultant, allows you to help others plan vacations to generate income while accessing great perks and discounts provided by hotels, resorts, and cruise lines. Many people supplement their primary income source by taking on the role of a travel agent job part time, which can be both cost-effective and highly rewarding. Having an additional income stream can provide financial stability and cushion. Moreover, it offers opportunities for personal growth, creative expression, and the development of key skills beneficial in other areas of life.
How do travel advisors make money?
Depending on the agency and business model of that agency, travel advisors may work part-time, full-time, remotely, or on-site. Some advisors work as employees, while many others are independent contractors running their own businesses and earning commissions from their bookings. Independent contractors are typically the more profitable of the two in the long run because their success directly reflects their effort and business acumen.
At GoSmart Travel, our consultants are all independent contractors (ICs) responsible for establishing their client networks and building those relationships. Success depends on product or destination expertise coupled with outstanding customer service. Income ranges greatly for full-time advisors from tens of thousands to low six figures. Sometimes, an advisor focuses on a niche like corporate groups, adventure travel, or ultra-luxury. Niche travel can be very lucrative. What is your passion?
How do you become a travel consultant?
Every agency is different. Most IC agencies require a fee to pay for basic business support. This model is standard in the industry, and agent support greatly ranges across companies.
At GoSmart Travel, we look for entrepreneurial candidates who possess certain qualities like strong people skills or sales experience, competent research and computer skills, quick learners, strong social network capabilities in person or digitally, excellent organizational skills, and a love of travel. In many respects, our advisors operate like partners in a business where we work as a team to hit our collective goals. Our agency provides state-of-the-art tools to ensure the consultants have everything they need to succeed, like comprehensive training, mentorship, and technology integration to deliver efficient and timely services. For example, GoSmart Travel employs marketing automation technologies to reduce the burden of tedious tasks so our advisors can focus on helping their customers get the most out of their travel experiences.
We also provide our advisors with 7-day-a-week support and paid marketing programs to take some of the burdens off of the agent’s shoulders. Our commitment is not only to our customers but also to our team of advisors.
Perks and Benefits of Being a Travel Advisor
Travel advisors enjoy all the benefits and perks of the job. A few of those perks include free and deeply discounted travel, free extras while traveling, access to exclusive offers from hundreds of suppliers, and being among the first to know about new product releases.
In addition to the travel benefits, the independent contractor job is highly flexible. Advisors choose their working hours, and they can work from anywhere with an internet connection, hence why many influencers and bloggers also book travel.
Lastly, one of the most valuable and often overlooked benefits is the ability to deduct certain business expenses from taxes. ICs are running their own business, and the IRS self-employed rules apply.
Does this sound like you?
GoSmart Travel advisors come from a multitude of professions. If you are interested in learning more, contact us.