Breaking into the travel industry is a great way to start a business from home. You have numerous options available to you from starting a retail store, to starting a travel agency, to starting a monetized blog which directs people to certain travel deals, and makes money from advertisements. In this article, we’re going to look at the different options available to you and explain how to start them.
In order to start a travel agency from home, you’ll need a website and good communication skills as you’ll need to phone travel companies and ask them if they would be interested in your referral business. Because the travel niche is so large, it’s recommended to pick a niche rather than starting a large agency. This will be easier to market and also to run. For example, you could start a travel agency that purely focuses on selling deer and wild boar hunting excursions, or you could start one that focuses on honeymoon destinations. Once you have some companies that are open to letting you refer business to them, you can add all the required information to your website, and start marketing your business. This is a great way to make money as it doesn’t require a large amount of outlay, and all your income will be based on commission.
A retail store is actually going to be more difficult to set up than a travel agency. This is because you’ll need space for all of your stock, you’ll need to build an e-commerce website, and you’ll need to spend time marketing it and trying to outshine the competition. Again, choosing a niche here is a good idea as there will be less competition and things like SEO will be easier if you’re focusing on less competitive keywords. You’ll also need to be ready to take orders, package and ship them and deal with returns. That said, this is a huge industry so it is possible to turn a tidy profit if you can do it successfully. It can also be run from home during the early days.
Travel Deal Blog
Starting a travel deal blog is probably the easiest way to start a travel business from home. All you need to buy is a domain name and hosting, and then start writing. Set yourself up with Google AdWords, sell banner advertisements, and look into affiliate marketing too. You don’t want to fill your blog with ads, but if you can find a happy medium between great content and ads, you should start to see the dollars coming in. Again, your blog will need to be marketed, but if you include long tail keywords in your blog posts too, you should start to get a steady stream of traffic to your site. Consider social media advertising too for a cost effective way of marketing.
The above are just three ways that you can start a travel business from home. If you’ve got any more ideas, let us know in the comments.