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« Thread started on: Sep 5th, 2008, 08:15am »

Why did you persue being a TA?
And is this something you hope to eventually do full-time?
How many hours of week, on average, do you dedicate to your TA duties?

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 5th, 2008, 10:48am »

Why? I enjoy helping people escape and go do something they have been dreaming of for ages.

Full-time? No, I don't see that (or want that) happening. I just enjoy working with a few clients at a time. Making sure they are well taken care of.

Right now, I spend about 5 or so hours a week. Other times it has been up around the 20+. Somewhere in the middle for me would be best.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 5th, 2008, 11:41am »

I started mainly for fun and as a hobby. I don't see myself pursuing this full-time, although I would never count it out if the opportunity presented itself to have my own agency.

Right now I probably spend anywhere from 5-20 hours a week, depending on how many clients I have booked at the time.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 6th, 2008, 10:30am »

I enjoy vacation planning, and at work I was constantly being asked for advice, tips, ad information about WDW trips and how to book them. When I was laid off, and was forced to stay home for a few months because of how my severance package was set up, I decided to pick up being a TA as a hobby, and to make a little extra play money.

It is a very slow starting thing, because your first clients are going to be friends and family, and if they already have their summer trips planned, they are going to be very reluctant to change to accomodate your new hobby.

I put a lot of time into marketing now, and only about 5-10 hours a week into the actual quoting and booking of vacations, but as time goes on and I build a client base and get my name out there, the hours will shift.
I'll never do this as a f/t job because there is no guarantee of income, if no one is booked for a month, there is no pay that month, so I will always need a regular job with regular pay to guarantee that the bills get paid.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 6th, 2008, 4:13pm »

I started as a hobby, and because it was something I have wanted to do for YEARS.

I do hope to make it full time someday, but that will be after Jeff retires, and I can retire along with him. Then I can take it where ever we go.

Currently I probably spend 5 - 10 hours a week on it, but it has been more. Like this last June and July. I had lots of clients traveling.

Right now I have nothing on the books, other than my own trip for Mousefest.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 6th, 2008, 8:05pm »

Don't let the IRS know you if you consider this a hobby or you'll be denied 100% of your deductions for your business! shocked

For me, I was looking for a fun side income generating business to fund my travel habit, but nothing like an MLM and nothing that would require a huge outlay of capital. Being a consultant for other people's trips just came as a natural to me after referring a huge amount of business to LeighAnn and discussing it with her.

I have never intended for my travel business to be full time, nor do I ever wish it to be, but I actually spend about 15-20 hours a week devoted to my business. I've made a pretty nice amount to completely fund 3-4 trips per year and earn some cool travel designations that give me some nice discounts. That said, what I most enjoy is helping clients make amazing memories and plan out a great trip for them at the lowest price possible. I love hearing the stories from my clients about their trips upon return - life memories that I had a part in making. That's what my motivation is!
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