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Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year

At Holidaysplease we have been fortunate enough to win some of the most coveted travel industry awards, which now includes being named the Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year 🙂

Held within the exceedingly glamarous surroundings of the Rosewood Hotel in London, the TTG Luxury Travel Awards 2020 was a glittering ceremony celebrating the very best businesses operating in the luxury travel sector.

We were incredibly proud to be named the very first TTG Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year.

Richard collecting the award from April of TTG and Priti of Oceania Cruises. Photography by Steve Dunlop www.stevedunlop.com steve@stevedunlop.com

Why did we win? We’ll let TTG Luxury Editor April Hutchinson do the talking….

“This is a new category this year, designed to recognise those companies focused purely on a network of homeworkers, and we weren’t short on great entries. But thanks to its structured, measured approach and ability to maintain a supportive and personal touch to its network of 100-plus homeworkers, judges felt Holidaysplease deserved to win. New homeworkers have a clear path when joining the business and are nurtured, both in person and by digital methods, while weekly motivational sessions have included Dame Kelly Holmes! Congratulations to the first ever winner of our Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year.”

Fancy working with a multi-award company to start and then grow a super-successful travel homeworking business of your own?

Then just pick up the phone to Agne on 0121 200 5720 or email her on agne@holidaysplease.com

Together we can make it happen!

Travel Homeworking recruitment

After the busiest couple of months ever for the Holidaysplease Travel Homeworking Recruitment team, you could forgive them taking a deep breath to take stock.

But that is not how we roll at Holidaysplease!

Demand is so high to be on our new homeworkers induction in December that the Travel Homeworking Recruitment team are currently hard at work sourcing a bigger space than we would usually use for our inductions!

The sad demise of Thomas Cook resulted in us training record numbers of new homeworkers in October and our largest November induction ever, the December induction is set to be even bigger.

We have always taken the view that recruiting purely for the sake of increasing team numbers is not the right way to grow the Holidaysplease Homeworking team, and this remains the case.

The only people that we invite onto our team are those that we genuinely feel are likely to achieve the goals they have. At the moment it just seems that there are a high number of the kind of great people that we look for at Holidaysplease wanting to come on board.

And the really fantastic news is that many of those ex-Thomas Cook people and other new team members who have joined us over the last couple of months are settling in and making lots of sales!

We have had a record November and the sales made by our October and November newbies have been a major contributory factor in this achievement.

With the opportunity of January just around the corner there are more exciting times to come for Team HP for sure.

Right now, is probably the best time there has ever been to become a Holidaysplease Homeworker.

You’ll find our Travel Homeworking recruiters ready to chat and answer all your questions on 0121 200 5720.

Travel Homeworking : Picking the Best

As the Great British Summer comes to an end, the busy season for the travel industry tends to simmer down. Well, at least this is the case for most travel agencies – not so much for Holidaysplease. Our in-house marketing team make sure we’re always busy, with plenty of free, quality leads and new opportunities to make sales.

Most high-street travel agents have made peace with the fact they’ll have to spend most of their autumn months clearing out old paperwork and watching the clock until closing time, but not Holidaysplease homeworkers. We’re as busy now as we’ve been all year – just another great reason to join our team of travel experts!

Richard Dixon, one of the Holidaysplease founders, who has taken the company from idea to a multi-million-pound, award-winning business, shares some of his secrets to success: “It’s important to select the right people when selling holidays to high-spending customers. Recruit the wrong people and frankly any travel business looking to sell upmarket holidays will fail.”

At Holidaysplease, we only take on board a small percentage of those who apply to join our homeworking team of personal travel experts. People are often surprised by this stat as many Travel Homeworking companies favour employing by numbers rather than finding quality people.

We have always chosen QUALITY vs QUANTITY.

Experience, knowledge and personality are the 3 most important factors our homeworkers must have in order to join us. We recruit sensibly to make sure that our Travel Homeworkers have what it takes to sell successfully to upmarket customers. By doing this, we find that a higher percentage of people that come onboard the Holidaysplease Homeworking Team go on to build the successful Travel Homeworking business to which they aspire.

Although there are times when the number of enquiries being generated surpasses the capacity in our team, we know that in the long term our Homeworking Partnerships will be all the better for it.

If you consider yourself to be an experienced travel agent who is ready to step up your game and make money year round, then get in touch today and you could be part of our exclusive travel-homeworking team!

We are one call away on 0121 200 5720 or simply send an email to agne@holidaysplease.com

Travel Homeworking Tech

To be the best travel homeworker you can be, you need the best travel homeworking tech to run your business from.

Just recently Holidaysplease was named TTGTop50 Online Agent of the Year for the 2nd time in three years. You can I’m sure imagine how proud we are of this achievement, especially as the technology and systems that we have developed for Holidaysplease Homeworkers has been a major factor in those two wins.

Charles picking up the TTGtop50 Online Agency of the Year 2019 award for Holidaysplease with Jess from Latin Routes and her Alpaca plus Pippa from TTG.

One of the key reasons behind the successful growth of Holidaysplease over the last 16 years is our inhouse tech team. From the word go we wanted to be masters of our own tech destiny. This means that we develop and build our own systems tailormade for how we want to work, in the way that serves our homeworkers and, perhaps most importantly, our customers best.

The Holidaysplease travel homeworking tech empowers our team to run a super-efficient business. Everything they need to be 100% on top of managing new enquiries through to sales, and looking after bookings is to hand.

The system keeps them in touch with latest news from HQ and includes a chat function via which the team support each other.

Sales and target reports keep Holidaysplease homeworkers totally up to speed with the performance of their business, and e-marketing functionality makes it easy for our homeworkers to stay in touch with their customer base.

And the best news of all is that the Holidaysplease system is easy to use and easily accessible. No horrible system download that takes up all the memory on your laptop. No having to be hard-wired in to an HQ server. The Holidaysplease travel homeworking technology is accessed online, all you need as a homeworker is an internet connection.

Your business is portable! Work from home, the local coffee shop, a shared office area…..or even from abroad should you wish to stay in control from the comfort of your poolside sun lounger!

To find out more about how we work at Holidaysplease email agne@holidaysplease or just pick up the phone, we’re on 0121 200 5720.

Travel Homeworking Certainty

It could be said that with travel homeworking certainty is hard to find.

Working on a self-employed commission only basis means that whilst your earning potential is uncapped and many travel homeworkers do take home significantly more than the average travel agent on the high street or in a call-centre, your income can be uncertain.

And for many homeworkers finding and retaining customers is sometimes uncertain…..although Holidaysplease homeworkers have more certainty than most in this area as highlighted in this recent BLOG.

The thing with certainty is that right now it’s pretty hard to find full stop!

Just last week Thomas Cook announced a further 21 store closures with 320 retail jobs at risk. There has not been much certainty working for one of travel’s oldest names for quite some time now.

And with the whole Brexit in or out hokey cokey farce certainty is a rarity across practically every walk of life!

Image courtesy of alamy stock photo

The good news for self-employed travel homeworkers is that they have perhaps more certainty in these uncertain times than if they were in an employed position.

As a travel homeworker with Holidaysplease you are in control. You control when you work and what you work on.

And of course, the old adage of “the more you put in the more you get out” could not be more apt.  More often than not the travel homeworkers who earn the most (and therefore achieve certainty in their income) are those that work hardest. Need to earn more? Work more hours! In most salaried positions you often end up working more hours for no more money!!

Over the last 20 years some of the fastest growing and most successful companies in travel have been travel homeworking companies. Holidaysplease has achieved consistent double-digit growth pretty much every year of the 15 we have been in business.

Whilst the number of high street travel agents has close to halved in recent years to 3,500 the travel homeworking community has grown to a similar number.

At the 2018 AITO Overseas Conference last November ABTA director John de Vial said “I can see the number of homeworkers overtaking the number of physical travel agencies in the next few years.”

So yes, travel homeworking certainty can be hard to find. At the same time, it’s fair to say that there is more certainty in travel homeworking than there is across pretty much every sector of the travel industry currently.

Anytime you fancy a chat about homeworking with Holidaysplease we are just a quick call away on 0121 200 5720.

Travel Homeworking Agent of the Year

At Holidaysplease we have a fantastic group of travel homeworkers, and the amazing news is that we now have the TTG Travel Homeworking Agent of the Year for 2018/19, Andrea White.

Andrea joined the Holidaysplease Team around 6 years ago and has grown into one of our most consistent high performers.

With four kids to look after Andrea has an incredibly busy family life and in recent times has come through some extremely tough personal challenges.

As well as continuing to grow her own business she has also found time to help two new Holidaysplease Homeworkers local to her through their tough first 12-18 months.

Andrea’s spirit, energy, determination and positive outlook are an inspiration. We are very proud to have her on the Holidaysplease Team and delighted for her to receive the recognition of her travel industry peers by winning the award as TTG Travel Homeworking Agent of the Year.

Well done Andrea!

 

 

Travel Homeworking Systems

The travel homeworking systems that the Holidaysplease tech team build are integral to the success of our travel homeworkers, and just yesterday the Holidaysplease Homeworkers Intranet was being enthusiastically viewed by a prospective team member.

Meeting with potential travel homeworkers to learn more about their ambitions and showcase all that we have to offer at Holidaysplease is always fun.

During these meetings our Recruitment Manager Gemma runs through the key aspects of our Homeworkers Intranet system. Whilst she can’t cover every nook and cranny in the time we have, the overview provided offers a good insight and prospective team members get a real feel for how we work at Holidaysplease.

People viewing our system for the first time are pretty much always impressed, and yesterday was no exception. What was different was that the person Gemma and I were meeting has a tech background as well as great experience in travel sales.

The person has used plenty of systems in their time. Helped to develop systems, and been involved in project management for one of the leading travel tech companies.

In short, this is someone who knows what a travel homeworker needs system wise to manage their enquiries efficiently, work their client base effectively, and have all the tools they need at their disposal to achieve the absolute most they can from their business.

When someone who has used and seen a myriad of travel systems in their time tells you that yours is the most intuitive and smartly designed they have ever seen, you know you have got it right.

The Holidaysplease tech team have incredible brain power 😉

The travel homeworking systems that we have at Holidaysplease are specifically designed with the user in mind by an inhouse tech team that it is in tune with what our Homeworkers need.

Of course systems don’t guarantee success, but they do sure as heck make it easier to come by.

Travel Homeworking Growing Support

From the moment we took on our first Holidaysplease Homeworkers we have been committed to providing our team with the very best Travel Homeworking Support in the business.

Our whole way of working revolves around helping each and every one of our Travel Homeworkers hit their targets month in month out and build fantastic Homeworking businesses for themselves.

As we continue to grow so our Travel Homeworking Support must grow. Our double-act of Director Sonia and Sales Team Manager Sue has this week become three with the addition of Michelle as Assistant Sales Team Manager.

Michelle on her first day of Travel Homeworking Support.

Together, Sonia, Sue and Michelle have worked in travel for over 90 years! They have wealth of travel experience, knowledge and resourcefulness to share with you and each has a deep understanding of exactly what it takes to succeed as a Travel Homeworker.

At Holidaysplease we recognise the value in Travel Homeworking Support and we invest in it to be sure that our support is always best in class.

Travel Homeworking Partnership

The success of most Travel Homeworkers starts when they choose the right Travel Homeworking Partnership.

Make the wrong decision and choose the wrong Travel Homeworking Partnership and even the most experienced, resourceful and determined Travel Homeworker will find building their Travel Homeworking business a tough ask.

There are lots of reasons behind the ongoing success of the Holidaysplease Homeworking Team. The leads we generate for our team, the support we offer, and the types of holidays we sell. They are all key.

However, without doubt, everything starts with the care and attention we take to recruit people as Holidaysplease Homeworkers who we truly believe will prosper in our Travel Homeworking Partnership.

And a big part of that partnership is creating a feeling of togetherness. We do that in all kinds of ways, including buying a luxury apartment in Southern Spain!

Spanish Apartment

Not only is the apartment available for our team to use, customers also get the chance stay in the apartment by redeeming Holidaysplease Reward points that they accumulate as members of our Customer Rewards programme.

So add our Spanish Apartment to the long list of reasons why the Holidaysplease Travel Homeworking Partnership could well be the right one for you.

Travel Homeworking Improvement

As a Travel Homeworker constant improvement is key.

Travel Homeworking success follows consistent efforts to develop product knowledge, understand and effectively utilise new technology, and perfect sales skills.

By being better, better results follow!

We apply the same reasoning at Holidaysplease Head Office so are always looking to take the support, guidance and mentoring we provide our homeworkers to the next level.

Which is why last week Sonia and Sue took time out from their super busy schedule heading up Team Holidaysplease to invest two full days in London at Europe’s leading sales event, Sales Innovation 2016.

With over 120 masterclass sessions, 60 innovative suppliers and 80 seminars led by experts, Sonia and Sue had a whole lot of learning to pack in!

The key elements are now being shared with each of the Holidaysplease Homeworkers to be applied to improve their strategies for success.

At Holidaysplease we are relentless in our pursuit of progress. Whether the progress is system related, sales focused, or product based, it doesn’t matter.

Without that desire to progress, to be the best we can, to constantly evolve and improve, Holidaysplease would not have grown to be the multi-award winning business that we are today.

As a Travel Homeworker you need that same desire. Then YOU need to apply it…..