Starting a Business Series: I Want to Start a Travel Agency
The best routes to take are to research the process of starting a business as well as the industry you're interested in.
I recommend checking out the Small Business Administration
, Entrepreneur, Start Up Journal, Wall Street Journal & Nolo’s Starting a Business –
Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet.
- American Society of Travel Agents
- World Association of Travel Agencies
- The National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents
Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:
- How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency by Tom Ogg, Joanie Ogg
- Start Your Own Specialty Travel & Tour Business by Entrepreneur Press
- Home-Based Travel Agent, 5th Edition by Kelly Monaghan
There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Here's just a handful: