The beauty of becoming an independent vacation specialist with an established business opportunity or host agency is that prior industry or sales experience is not required. The brand you affiliate with will provide you with all the resources and training you need to succeed. However, this can only take you so far. It is important to practice proper etiquette, customer service and professionalism to ensure you not only retain your clients, but also gain referrals and new business.
It is important to make your first impression a lasting impression. If you are working this part-time, there is a good chance that you won’t be available the first time your clients reach out to you. Since they may not have met you in person before, they want confidence in knowing they are working with a professional. An easy way to give them peace of mind, is to have a professional-sounding voicemail and email address. This is sure to impress your client that they are working with a true professional.
Arm yourself with the knowledge needed to become a valuable asset to your client. Many business opportunities and host agencies provide online training that are available on-demand, so you can complete these trainings on your own schedule when it is best for you. Important trainings to complete include hard and soft sales skills, as well as those which cover the products you are selling.
Remember, you are going into business for yourself but not by yourself. Understanding that your free time to run your business may be limited, identify important opportunities where you can carve out time to engage with others – both those within your network and also within the community. For engaging with others within your business opportunity network, this can be online through a private Intranet or social media, or making an investment and attending in-person events hosted by your parent company. This is a great opportunity to learn best practices from others about how you can improve and grow your business. Also engage with others in the community and talk travel, either by simply wearing a name tag to start the conversation, or actually attending networking events. This will help you spread brand awareness in your community so people will think of you when it is time to make their travel plans.
If travel is your passion and you want a business opportunity that takes you to new places, then consider becoming an independent vacation specialist with Cruises Inc.
For more information on the Cruises Inc. business opportunity, visit www.sellcruises.com.