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Work and life shouldn't be so hard.
Tired of your commute?
Had enough office drama?
Looking for work-life balance?
Ready to use your talents again?
Looking for Community?
Why be a Travel Advisor?
Be your own boss
While we provide you with the training, materials, and resources necessary to be successful under our name, we also encourage your independence to develop systems that work best for you. We serve as your home base and guiding light as you build your career path.
Choose your work environment
You’re free to work from your couch with coffee in hand, in an office space, or even across the globe without sacrificing the community aspect of being on a team. You’ll never feel isolated in your choice to work from wherever thanks to Epperly Travel’s strong virtual culture.
Write your own paycheck
As a sales based position, you’ll be rewarded for the hard work you put into building your business. The mentorship provided by Epperly Travel helps you scale your business from the ground up. If you’re prepared to hustle and view the career as a long term goal, you’ll reap the benefit of investing your time and effort.
Apply to join the team
Complete the Mentorship Program
Become a Travel Advisor
What to expect from the Mentorship Program
The Mentorship Program includes full course access to the EntreTravel training framework. This 12 module Certification Program establishes your industry foundation by teaching you how to run your book of business like a business.
Orientation + Marketing Calls
We make it easy to get to know the Epperly culture, technology and preferred suppliers during our orientation. Additionally, we offer a one-on-one marketing call dedicated to strengthening and creating action around your marketing plan.
Our leadership team will oversee 3 bookings with you from start to finish. During this time, you’re also invited to participate in the Epperly Travel Google Group Help Board and regular Zoom team and supplier calls.
What our team loves about Epperly Travel
3 items to check before pursuing your travel career
What is drawing you to the travel industry? Is it the sizzle of traveling or the desire to serve others? If your only answer is “to travel the world,” it’s unlikely that you’ll find a truly fulfilling career in the travel business. While the perks of this career are phenomenal, it takes hard work and dedication to get to those perks.
That hard work goes hand in hand with a relentless pursuit of hospitality through the sales process. There will be long, hard days ahead and, if you don’t find joy in serving your clients, the perks alone will not be enough to get you through.
At Epperly Travel, we look for agents-to-be who are motivated by the opportunity to genuinely invest in their clients. If you come to life when planning an itinerary or guiding travelers to a new destination and if your heart gets a little warmer knowing that your role helped create memories of a lifetime, you’re exactly what we’re looking for on our team.
As you might have already discovered, there are no clear cut resources about how to break into the travel industry. Maybe you’ve even encountered one of the many avenues that promise the world while falling short in providing you with the resources you need to succeed. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It’s wise to research host agency opportunities to determine the culture that you want to be a part of. Not every agency, even those accredited through a consortia, can provide new advisors with the support necessary to facilitate their growth and education.
This is where you do your homework: spend time looking at the key players, research their training programs (if any) and determine the focus of those training programs. While some host agencies will bring a higher split (typically with very little training or assistance), others will bring more intense training and support (with more moderate compensation models). Epperly Travel’s Mentorship Program is a combination of EntreTravel’s online platform to teach you how to build your business & marketing plan, combined with our hands-on Mentoring to develop the business & sales skills necessary to succeed.
You know yourself best. Are you a self starter or do you need a more structured environment? If you come across a question that you don’t know – what is your natural inclination? Do you need a specific person to ask, or do you ind yourself forming a solution or game plan independently?
We’ve found individuals with a self starter mentality who relish the opportunity to solve problems are the most successful with the Epperly Travel Mentorship Program. We expect our team of go-getters to form their own solutions and relationships as their career advances, but we serve as a guiding light to your success from day one of joining our team.
The dirty little secret of the travel industry is the money – it’s nearly taboo to talk about it when you’re not making it, and it’s even more taboo to talk about it when you are. Here’s the low down: this is the hardest part of the industry but, once you get past the hurdles of building your business, you can see an incredible amount of financial success.
To truly find the freedom and flexibility you desire as a travel consultant, you’ll want to operate as an Independent Contractor (IC).
As an IC, you’ll wear a number of hats – sales, marketing, accounting, and so on. You are responsible for building your own book of business, meaning that any leads you receive from your host agency are gravy, but not your sole source of income. Your long- term game plan is to have a book of business that you can call yours.
At an aggressive pace, this should take you about a year and a half to two years to build. Until then, your income will fluctuate based on sales. Industry norms dictate advisors are typically paid after your clients have traveled. The deferred income will eventually be enough to support you but you aren’t going to want to quit your day job to begin with. This balance is achievable as long as you know what to expect.
Ask yourself whether you are in a position to balance about 10-15 hours a week as you build your side hustle? Could you eventually leave that full time job to pursue the industry on a full time basis? Because we look at this as a long term career, at Epperly Travel we request our IC’s operate on a timeline that would allow them to turn their travel career into a full time position between year 2 and 3 of working as a consultant.
If you do not have a career that is flexible to allow you to do this, do you have a supplemental income or savings that you can rely on while building your book of business? If so, you’re able to get started in the industry without having to worry about the financial pressure that comes with the first couple of years.
If working as a travel consultant becomes a third or fourth priority or if you find yourself scrambling to make ends meet, you’ll likely encounter discouragement and burnout before you have the proper opportunity to succeed.
*Startup costs as a new independent contractor should not be excessive. Most training programs come with a one-time fee priced according to its value. As a consultant, there will be certain expenses (postage, very few required technology products, etc), but your overhead should be low beyond training costs. These are questions to ask your potential host agency to make sure that you are budgeting accordingly to invest in your career.
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