Be the master of your own destiny: Start an independent travel business. Times are tough and in this economic climate it’s no wonder that more and more people are experiencing sleepless nights, agonising over where their next cash injection is going to come from. While holding down a regular nine to five may offer you the safety of a regular income, your personal time and important commitments are often pushed further down the priority pile. So, how can you earn more money working in your own space, in your own time and at your own pace? Here, FlightSiteAgent Founding Director Rian Bornman shares his top tips on how to start your own travel business today.
It’s very easy to get bogged down by the overwhelming list of criteria traditionally needed to start your own business. But the FlightSiteAgent concept has been designed with the agent in mind. The online platform eliminates reasons why you can’t start and manage your own brand, and offers tools and training so that you can.
But with all good recipes, you need the right ingredients to create a good end result. To have a successful brand that will grow with time, you will need the following essentials:
“Starting your own business can be intimidating, not to mention costly,” says Bornman. “But at a time when South Africa needs more entrepreneurs to take flight and start their own venture, this needs to be overcome. FlightSiteAgent makes starting a financially viable business as easy as possible by providing relevant tools and training to part- or full-time professionals interested in travel.”
FlightSiteAgent is a registered online travel provider that gives its independent agents access to competitive net fares to sell onto others under their own brand. Launched in March 2013, FlightSiteAgent is an extension of FlightSite (PTY) Ltd, an online travel supplier. It is part of Club Travel, a subsidiary of Thebe Tourism, and is owner-managed by Rian Bornman. While FlightSiteAgent’s headquarters are in Tygervalley, Cape Town, its network of affiliated agents can work anywhere in South Africa, providing they have an internet connection.
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