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Travel Homeworking Customers

One of the most common concerns for people considering becoming a travel homeworker is where they will find their travel homeworking customers.

The odd person will have a bank of customers already established, however the vast majority of travel agents leaving the high street or a call centre to become a travel homeworker do not. They’ll have a few family members and friends that will book with them, but that’s usually as far as it goes.

So how do you build a super successful travel homeworking business when you have no customers?

Well the first thing you should do is partner up with a travel homeworking company that has a proven track record in producing leads.

And secondly, you need to look very carefully into how that travel homeworking company manages the relationship between customers and their homeworkers.

It is all very well having a lead and selling a holiday once. The thing is that to build a sustainable and rewarding travel homeworking business it is imperative to build a loyal base of repeat customers. With some homeworking models this is very hard to achieve as repeat customers are not directed back to the agent that they previously booked with. And often new customers who are close to booking but need a short time before making a final decision, never find their way back to the original homeworker who has done all the ground work when calling back to book.

The way we work at Holidaysplease is completely different! Our ethos is all about building the relationship between the customer and their homeworker from the start and then repeatedly.

From the moment a Holidaysplease Homeworker claims a lead, they “own” the customer. This means that whether the customer books on each occasion they enquire or not, the Holidaysplease CRM system is programmed so that the customer will always be in the ownership of that homeworker, and therefore directed back to that homeworker every time the customer gets in touch.

What’s more, at Holidaysplease we have a unique customer rewards programme designed specifically to encourage customers to make repeat booking with their Holidaysplease Homeworker. The rewards scheme now has over 14,000 customers signed up to it.

So with Holidaysplease, travel homeworking customers come from leads that we generate via our central marketing campaigns which then become repeat customers for the individual homeworker who “owns” that customer. Leads and repeats are the first two pillars when building your travel homeworking customer base.

Your third and final pillar comes from referrals. Here again the Holidaysplease CRM is a powerful tool working automatically on behalf of each homeworker by encouraging customers to refer family and friends to their personal Holidaysplease Homeworker and sending a nice thank-you gift to the referrer when a new customer they refer books.

Every new business has to have prospects. Turn those prospects into buying customers, and then turn those customers into repeat buyers. In simple terms, that is how every sustainable business is built.

At Holidaysplease we truly understand this, and that understanding is underpinned throughout the ethos and culture of how we work with our customers and travel homeworkers.

Many top performing Holidaysplease Homeworkers have built fantastic and consistently rewarding businesses which all started with travel homeworking customers generated for them by the Holidaysplease Marketing Team.

Get in touch today and let us explain how you could do exactly the same!

Travel Homeworking Seasonal Rewards

In travel homeworking seasonal rewards are key. You need opportunities year round to make sales and earn money, and cannot afford any quiet times.

Travel agents working in retail stores often worry about slow sales in November and December every year.

As the streets and shopping centres fill up with people looking to prepare for the festive season, high street travel stores become somewhat empty and quiet, and agents suffer from low bookings.

With Holidaysplease you don’t need to worry!

Our experienced marketing team take the responsibility to generate enquiries for you all year long, so when the high street stores are quiet Holidaysplease Homeworkers remain busy working away and making sales right through November and December.

Once Christmas is behind us, peaks kick in and we enter what is traditionally the busiest time of year in travel.

Being a homeworker can be extremely rewarding throughout the year, especially so during January.

Everyone selling holidays through peaks will be working long hours, the trouble is that those working on the high street get very little reward for the extra work they put in.

Whereas working for yourself as a Holidaysplease Homeworker means that you get the commission you deserve!

Yes, as a homeworker you will probably still work long hours throughout January, but it all becomes worth it when you are able to buy yourself something nice for all the commission you will earn. Maybe a new car? Maybe splash out on a nice family holiday next year?

The OPPORTUNITY is here, you just need to GRAB IT and make it your own!

Travel Homeworking Decision

Don’t worry, it is only natural to um and ah when making a Travel Homeworking decision.

Everyone does, and should. It is important to think things through carefully to be as sure as you can that the travel homeworking decision you make is the right one.

Some people need and take time to decide that joining the Holidaysplease Homeworking Team is the right move for them, others are sure and wanting to move forward quickly.

We always ask prospective Holidaysplease Homeworkers to be sure that coming on board is the right thing for them because we know that having certainty about the travel homeworking decision being made is vital to long term success.

Of the many things we have discovered building our award winning homeworking team over the last 14 years is that Travel Homeworking is not for dreamers, it is for doers! 

You can talk about becoming a Travel Homeworker all you like, but actually it is all about getting stuck in and making it happen.

As the tweet from acclaimed international author Paulo Coelho so eloquently highlights, we can all say we are going to make that decision, the power that leads to success is in the action we actually take.

Around this time last year I was writing about a new team member who had smashed all records in her first six weeks with us.

That person has just completed her first 12 months as a Holidaysplease Homeworker. From no pre-existing client base she has sold over £1.1 million of holidays and earned herself in excess of £56k in sales commission and bonus’.

What an incredible example of someone who dreamed of success and had a determination to achieve it. From day one she committed to getting to where she wanted to be.

If you have a Travel Homeworking decision to make, go at your own pace, be honest with yourself about how much you are willing to commit to build a rewarding homeworking business, and then go for it hard from day one!

Travel Homeworking On the Go

One of the biggest weapons at the disposal of every Holidaysplease Homeworker is the ability to be Travel Homeworking On the Go.

Travel Homeworking On the Go means total flexibility. Your business is portable. You will not be tied to a desk. You literally have the ability to run your business “on the go”.

Here is a classic example of Travel Homeworking on the go from one of our team members this week.

The technology we have created is not some heavy download that eats up space on your PC and ties you to one place of work. The Holidaysplease system is accessible online via any PC, laptop or tablet device.

You just log on, and away you go.

So Homeworking with Holidaysplease means you can work from home or on the go. Wherever you are you can be available for your customers when they need you. You can pick up emails, view new enquiries, update quotes, discuss bookings, do a spot of e-marketing and check out all your reports wherever you are, whenever you want to.

Convenient, flexible, easy to use. Travel Homeworking On the Go with Holidaysplease. It’s not magic, but it may well leave you feeling like a travel magician!

P.S. Later in Jo’s day working from admissions at Colchester Hospital she firmed up a lovely £9k booking to Fiji! So not only was Jo the perfect Mrs supporting her hubby through not a very nice day, she earned a good few quid at the same time!

Travel Homeworking First Month

I doubt it’s a big surprise to anyone that for most people their Travel Homeworking First Month can be challenging.

New routines. New systems. New disciplines. A Travel Homeworking first month has all of those and a whole lot more.

So when a new Holidaysplease Homeworker adds a note to her first end of month feedback report which reads like Nickola’s below, it is a great feeling!

“I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at HP. Thanks for all the support within my first month. Everyone has been so kind and friendly. Thanks to Sue and Jayne for giving me the opportunity to work with the company with their great feedback so I was offered the position. Thanks to Sonia and Richard for offering me the position who have been so friendly and understanding within my induction week. And to the rest of staff thanks for all your support. I am looking forward to a great future working with you all.”

During her Induction with us Nickola displayed incredible and encouraging commitment which left us with a sneaky suspicion that she would meet the challenges of her early days as a Travel Homeworker with a steely determination to succeed.

Don’t ask why, it’s complicated, but every day of her three-day induction Nickola got up at 04.30am in the morning to be with us for a 09.30am start. At the end of the day she travelled home finally arriving back post 10.00pm.

And this same determination and commitment resulted in Nickola posting sales over 30% higher than we would normally expect from a new starter in their Travel Homeworking first month.

I suspect Nickola has many more successful months and years ahead on the Holidaysplease Homeworking Team.

Travel Homeworking Peak Performance

All of us working in travel get excited by January and February, and Travel Homeworkers are no different.

In Travel Homeworking the so-called peak performance months are vital to setting the tone for the year ahead.

Get off to a good start and the wind is often in your sails for months to come. Fall short of expectation, and playing catch up can be challenging.

Whilst important, January and February are not quite so critical for the Holidaysplease Homeworking Team as we keep them busy with new enquiries throughout the year.

Therefore every Holidaysplease Homeworker has the opportunity to convert a good number of enquiries into sales and make good money whatever the month.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t get excited when our team of Travel Homeworkers achieve great results through peaks!

Far from it, we love it when they hit peak performance and smash their January and February targets.

Which is why today, on the 1st day of March, I am feeling the love for every single Holidaysplease Homeworker because as a team we have smashed it in January and February.

Our record sales for each of the two months have ended 30% up on January and February 2015 which is a truly outstanding result.

And what’s more we found out this week that Holidaysplease has received two nominations in the prestigious Travel Trade Gazette awards this year. We are in the final five for Online Travel Agent of the Year as well as the final five for Homeworking Company of the Year.

What a great way to start 2016! And we have so much great stuff going on to continue to drive the whole business forward through the remainder of the year.

Am I excited? Oh yeah, I’m excited! Can’t you tell……

Travel Homeworking Work/Life Balance

For many, Travel Homeworking represents the opportunity for that dream work/life balance.

No more commute. More time with the family. Less stress and a whole load more flexibility.

Which is all true.

What is also true is that the flexibility works both ways.

Every successful Travel Homeworker will be prepared to work at some very abnormal times and service their customers in some strange circumstances to get the job done.

We recently awarded a fun “Flash Prize” to the Holidaysplease Homeworker who had recently demonstrated the kind of super-service that earns our team a 9.8 out of 10 rating on Trust Pilot.

The Winner set her alarm clock for 02.55am to get up and pre-book extra leg room seats for clients the minute they were released by the Airline. A simple touch that meant a huge amount to our customer, which is why our team member was not prepared to wait until normal hours to get the job done.

And our Runner Up confirmed a last minute honeymoon from the beach in the pouring rain, whilst trying to stop 4 children running into the sea fully clothed and having to scramble up the rocks to get a mobile signal!

Of course Travel Homeworking can mean a better work/life balance. It’s just that the balance goes both ways, and to be outstanding as a Travel Homeworker, you will need to be prepared to stand out!

Travel Homeworking What is Possible?

Often, the key to building a successful Travel Homeworking business is to ask yourself “What is possible?”

Travel Homeworkers can apply this question to their short term and long term goals. What is possible for me to achieve today, this week or this month? What is possible for me to earn this year?

Once what is possible has been identified and accepted by a Travel Homeworker, the evidence we have at Holidaysplease from the 12 years of building our team is that anything is possible in Travel Homeworking!

Take the story of Laura who has been a Holidaysplease Homeworker for 18 months or so. This time last year at our Holidaysplease Conference Laura set herself the goal to achieve “Silver Status” from sales achieved over the next 12 months.

After a year that has seen the usual success and challenges of Travel Homeworking, Laura knew that she needed a really strong August to achieve her goal.

She would need to have her best month ever. In the middle of School Holidays. And Laura has 4 kids.

With all this in mind, was it still possible for her to hit her “Silver Status” goal? Laura thought it was, and she committed herself 110% to doing exactly that!

10 days into August  and she was 13% of the way  to her sales target. 20 days in and she was just 25% of the way. Work to do! Did Laura give up? No way. Until her goal was impossible, it remained possible!

Momentum built. With the Bank Holiday weekend to go Laura needed £40k in sales. A tall order which required all of her focus, belief and determination….right up until 6pm on the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, the last day of the month, when Laura bagged the sale that secured her “Silver Status” for this year’s Holidaysplease Homeworkers Conference. Wow!

For Laura to hit her goal for the year meant a good deal personally. Her record August meant a huge amount to her family finances!

The £6k she’d earned in one month was more than she used to earn in a year working 16 hours a week on the high street for one of the large Travel Agent chains.  

In Travel Homeworking what is possible? Anything of course……..

Travel Homeworking Business Takes Determination

There can be no doubt that to build a successful Travel Homeworking Business takes Determination.

Most people who embark on a career as a Travel Homeworker do so with a goal for what they want to achieve in mind, not all make that goal.

There will be ups and downs, and there will be times when it feels like the obstacles that appear are insurmountable.

The Travel Homeworkers that do succeed are of course those that find ways to work around or break through those obstacles.

I was reminded of the importance of the mindset required to do this when reading about homeless student Jacob Lewis who get 4 straight A*’s in his recent A Levels to secure a place at Cambridge University to study Law.

To reach his goal of going to Cambridge Jacob had to sleep on friends sofas, hardly ate and worked 24 hours a week.

If Jacob continues to demonstrate the same determination through his time at Cambridge University he stands a good chance of leaving with a great degree ready to build a successful life as a Lawyer and a very rewarding career.

Life as a Travel Homeworker can be very rewarding both financially and personally. Just don’t take it for granted that these rewards will just come you’re way.

Building a successful Travel Homeworking Business takes Determination in bucket loads!

Read Jacob’s full story HERE.

Discover the secret behind how Holidayspease Homeworker Paula achieved her Millionaire status HERE.

Read how Holidaysplease Homeworker Stacey got back on track after suffering set backs HERE.

Travel Homeworking Comfort Zone

The decision that hundreds of High Street Travel Agents and Travel Call-Centre sales staff take every year to join the growing Travel Homeworking fraternity is a big one.

After all for most the decision means escaping their Comfort Zone of employment and a guaranteed income, and stepping into the unknown of working from home, usually on a self-employed basis where reward only follows sales.

And of course going from high street to home means change, and change is something that us humans often find uncomfortable.

To see what I mean, cross your arms. Now uncross them. Next re-cross them in the opposite way to how you usually do. Feels uncomfortable doesn’t it! That’s change for you….

So you could forgive people who reject change and embrace their Comfort Zone. However it is when you escape your Comfort Zone that the magic happens!

Comfort Zone

For Travel Homeworkers it is where they start earning a reward that finally starts to match the work they put in to each sale. Not a £1-5 per passenger bonus. A Holidaysplease Homeworker will expect to earn well over a £100 from every sale they make!

It is where the balance of a busy work and family life can be found. And it is where self-motivated travel professionals with a desire to build a business of their own can do exactly that.

That’s the Magic Zone. So much more fun than the Comfort Zone!