Home-based businesses are the trend of the future. Government and industry reports show that increasing numbers of people are now opting to work out of their homes. In fact, over 4 million entrepreneurs are now working at home, most of which are in the services industry which includes travel. It is estimated that 37% of home based businesses are operated by women that are augmenting their household income and raising their children at the same time. This is why we are here. To help families make money from home, and continue this trend upwards.
Home Based Agent Benefits
Here are several reasons why it pays to work at home:
The most enticing aspect of starting a home-based business is the opportunity it provides to gain control over your own life. As a home business entrepreneur, you can shape your work life depending on your goals and environment. You have the freedom to work and earn as you choose in the comfort of your own home. Good time management skills and discipline are a must!
The convenience of having your office a few steps away from your bedroom allows you to save on commute time and expenses and you won’t be needing those power suits any more. Since you work at home, overhead costs are cut significantly, allowing you to invest back into your business. Your earning potential is directly proportional to your performance. More importantly, however, a home-based travel business allows people who have been shut out of the job market to create new income opportunities.
Using your home as a place of business offers a number of tax advantages. For starters, it allows you to deduct a part of the operating and depreciation expenses on your home. This means that a percentage of your rent or mortgage, depreciation, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and expenses for household maintenance, repairs, or improvements is deductible. You can also be entitled to deduct expenses from using a vehicle for your business, including gas, insurance, and depreciation. Consult your accountant for a careful evaluation of what can be and what cannot be deducted from using your home office.
Many opt to start their travel business (or move an existing business from an office) from their homes to strengthen family relationships. A home-based travel business allows family members to be involved in the business.
Working at home can reduce the stress of juggling the demands of your work life with those of your private life. (It can also add to your stress if you’re not careful!). You can work while staying at home to care for a sick child, or continue to work late at night after dinner and the kids are in bed.
A home-based travel entrepreneur, you are not boxed into one job. You are free to learn and perform a variety of work-related tasks. If you are a solo agent, then you will become a jack-of-all-trades: the strategy setter, marketing and sales person, agent, accountant, group escort, and other roles. You can vary your activities to keep you from getting bored. While it means a greater workload, the plus side is that you develop an understanding of all aspects of your own business and grow personally.
Many home-based travel entrepreneurs find that working at home helps them to be more productive. With less time dedicated to commuting, there is more time available for your clients. Keep in mind that your productivity is directly related to your earning potential.
One of the biggest benefits of working out of your home is the reduced overhead cost. Lower operation costs can enable you to be more competitive, not just in the prices you charge, but also in the quality of service you offer.
By opening up an online home based travel agency, you can save a lot of money, since you won’t be travelling you won’t be spending any money on travel or buy unnecessary foods along the way. And since you won’t be travelling you would also save a lot of time and be more productive.