Travel Counsellors regularly host events across the country so that anyone interested in finding out more about running their own travel business can come along and meet the support team. On each occasion, staff from Head Office attend and give a presentation on “What life is like as a Travel Counsellor”, covering the benefits (there are many) of doing so.
While the presentations are very useful and informative, it is sometimes helpful to speak directly to someone who has actually done it, and has been in the same position as them: on the threshold of making a big decision.
Last Friday, I was kindly asked to attend one of these events, as an established Travel Counsellor. Having been a Travel Counsellor for over 5 years, it was a great opportunity to meet some prospective new colleagues, and share my experiences.
I started my business in 2009 in the height of the recession. I had 20 years of experience in the retail travel industry, but I wanted to start my own business, and be responsible for my own success. I was recommended to Travel Counsellors, and knew that they have an amazing reputation in the industry. There were no presentations like this one in London at the time, so I went straight up to Bolton to meet the team. Meeting an existing Travel Counsellor at the time would have been beneficial, and probably made the decision even easier.
We met at 6pm at the ME Hotel in Central London, just a stone’s throw away from the West End and theatre land. The event started with introductions and I was able to talk to some travel consultants working in offices around London in a relaxed and informal manner, befitting for a Friday evening!
Sarah from our careers team gave a great presentation on the Travel Counsellors franchise set up, giving a really clear insight into daily life as a Travel Counsellor, and what you can expect when joining up.
I was glad I had the opportunity to be there, and give a personal perspective. Being able to share my experience of working from home, and how you adapt your life to that way of working, hopefully gave the people in the room a much more personal experience.
I was asked many questions by the people attending, and was able to honestly answer all of them through personal experience and the odd anecdote! I think people believe and trust personal stories (something I use a lot when I go networking to promote my business) when taking such a big step, and as the evening went on, the guests were asking more and more about daily life, and what support is given to each and every Travel Counsellor.
Even after the formal part of the evening was over, I stayed and chatted to quite a few people. I think they felt more comfortable to ask questions on a 1:1 basis. I was happy to give out my business card and meet them for a coffee and a chat afterwards as well.
If you are thinking of taking the plunge, I would definitely encourage you come along to a presentation. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. There will be other Travel Counsellors there to share their experience, and guide you through the process.
To find out more about our next event please call the team on 0800 987 0279 or email [email protected]