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Interview with a Travel Counsellor

19 Nov

“Travel agent” might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about self employment, but Travel Counsellors have made it possible for Travel Agents to work on a self employed basis for a company – the best of both worlds!  Below is an interview with Helen Birtwistle, who has been working as a Travel Counsellor for 18 months.

WHAT IS TRAVEL COUNSELLORS?

Travel Counsellors is an Independent Travel Agency.   All their Travel Agents are home based and work on a self-employed basis.  We have offices in the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Emirates.  There are over 1000 Travel Counsellors around the world.

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THEM?

I have been in the Travel Industry for over 25 years and I have known about Travel Counsellors for many years, as it is one of the most highly regarded companies within the Industry.

WHY DID TRAVEL COUNSELLORS APPEAL TO YOU?

I wanted to provide my clients with a highly professional and personalised service, which I felt had been lost within the high street agencies, but it is the main ethos within Travel Counsellors. I also liked the idea of having the security of working for a company but on a self-employed basis.  It gives me the flexibility and freedom I craved.

HOW DO YOU MARKET YOUR BUSINESS?

I have advertised in the local newspapers. I attend regular Business Network Meetings, this is where local business people get together to promote their businesses. I have my own website and promote through Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.  The biggest contributor for business growth is       referrals and personal recommendations.  On every booking and enquiry, I ask clients to refer me to their family and friends.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING SELF EMPLOYED?

I love the freedom and flexibility of being self-employed.  I like being in charge of my own destiny. It is hard work, but I reap all the rewards.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT BEING  SELF EMPLOYED?

You must always remain focused, disciplined & motivated.  There will be busy and quiet moments, especially when you first start out, but you must always remain positive.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I have only been working with Travel Counsellors for 18 months.  My future plan is to build up and establish a good client base, that will come to me year after year.

http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/helen.b

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