Successful home business owners will tell you that the one thing that contributed most to their success is training. Without proper training, running a home business can be quite the challenge. Trust me when I say that your home business will be no different. Making sure that the company you choose as a host company for your home business provides adequate training should be one of the first things you investigate before you decide to begin running a business from home.
So, you have decided to finally start your own home business…Congratulations! Most people say they want to go out and start their own business but you are actually going to do it. This is a very wise decision indeed! Next, you will have to make one more decision in regards to which host company or agency you want to help you build your business. You may be asking “why should I even consider using a host agency?” I’m going to be quite honest with you; most people are not going to be capable of starting a business from the ground up with absolute no assistance… and that’s ok! Remember, there are plenty of people who actually studied business in school and even THEY will require some help in order to function properly in the market they choose to do business in. For example, let pretend that you wanted to start your very own home business in the travel industry, the first thing you should do is seek out a qualified company to provide you with the proper travel training that you will require.
I want you to consider exactly how LARGE the travel industry is. There is a good chance, even after you have been running your at home travel business for years, that you will not know all that there is to know about selling travel. This is the reason why a host agency is so helpful when starting your new travel business. A host agency is able to train you using the knowledge of an entire company who has been in the travel business for many years. When you are looking through the many travel training programs out there, here is what you will want to look for:
o Travel Sales Training
o Travel Vender Training (Disney, Royal Caribbean, Hilton, Starwood, American Airline, etc)
o Area Specific Travel Training (Vegas, Mexico, Jamaica, Florida, etc)
o Business Software Training (Booking Engines, CRM’s, Marketing Engines)
o Travel Training Videos (which are offered as part of a 24/7 training program)
o Sales, Marketing, Product, and Accounting webinars
The only way that you are going to be able to find out exactly what is offered in a host agencies travel training is to ask. Be careful though, there are some host agencies out there that say they offer a training program but when you finally go to sign up they state that they are only accepting experienced travel agents. This is their way of saying that they do not want to have to train someone from the ground up (which probably means they do not have a strong training program). Please see my signature for more information on travel training.