Category Archives: Business Practices

223 – Back to Basics, Starting a Home Based Travel Business



Podcast Number 223 This is a “Back to Basics” show where Barry gives a broad overview of what it takes to become a travel agent. Barry talks about setting up your business, host agencies, state licensing and insurance. Kelly Monaghan’s home study course to become a travel agent. Tom Ogg’s travel agent resource center TRAVEL … Continue reading 223 – Back to Basics, Starting a Home Based Travel Business


222 – Employ an External Brain for Your Business and Personal Life



Podcast Number 222 Have you ever longed for a way to store and easily retrieve all those minor and major details of life and business. On today’s show we talk about a free product that can become your external brain. Evernote can store handwritten notes, audio files, PDF documents, web pages, email, spreadsheets, word processing … Continue reading 222 – Employ an External Brain for Your Business and Personal Life


220 – Social Networking for Your Travel Business



Barry and Lorene talk about how Twitter and Facebook are used as tools to develop your business or use Twitter and Facebook to receive information from suppliers and destinations.  Lorene recommends the book, “The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web,” by Tamar Weinberg.  You can find the book at http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596156817/. Travel News The risk … Continue reading 220 – Social Networking for Your Travel Business


211 – A Free Telephone System for Your Home Based Travel Business



A telephone system can make or break your home based travel business. Fortunately you have the option of using Google Voice. Barry describes the features of Google Voice and how this free system can enhance your home based travel business. Visit me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz. Keep up with us on Twitter.com Lorene’s Twitter name … Continue reading 211 – A Free Telephone System for Your Home Based Travel Business


210 – Write Killer Advertising Copy and Boost Your Sales



Podcast Number 210 Give your sales a boost. Writing good advertising copy can make a big difference in the sales you generate from your newsletters or website. Barry talks about a fantastic book that will teach you to write killer ads. The book is “The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising … Continue reading 210 – Write Killer Advertising Copy and Boost Your Sales


209 – Tom Ogg Talks About Growing Your Travel Business



Tom Ogg joins Barry and Lorene to talk about how travel agents can grow their business. Tom offers a valuable resources for the travel agent at his travel agent community website www.hbtacommunity.com. Tom compares the HbtaCommunity to the proverbial water cooler where travel agents can hang out and share ideas, problems and successes. The community … Continue reading 209 – Tom Ogg Talks About Growing Your Travel Business


207 – Protecting Your Valuable Time and Locking in Commissions



Podcast Number 207 Your time is valuable as a travel professional. A “Plan to Go” agreement will separate serious clients from those who are shopping and using your expertise but not giving you their business. Barry and Lorene discuss the “Plan to Go” agreement described by author Tom Ogg in the Travel Trade magazine. Barry … Continue reading 207 – Protecting Your Valuable Time and Locking in Commissions


188 – New Year Reminders to Help You and Your Business



Show Number 188 The New Year has arrived and it’s good to start the year on the right foot.  Barry and Lorene discuss activities they are engaging in right now to help their business and personal lives. We discuss filing systems, a great productivity product called Evernote plus something important for you to insure a … Continue reading 188 – New Year Reminders to Help You and Your Business


186 – An Important Tool For Your Travel Business and It’s Free!



Podcast Number One-hundred-eighty-six A customer resource management (CRM) tool is an essential part of your travel business. Barry reviews a free CRM and recommends this free tool to new travel agents as well as seasoned travel agents. The CRM is OpenTravelCRM and can be found at www.opentravelcrm.com. There are several tutorial videos available to view … Continue reading 186 – An Important Tool For Your Travel Business and It’s Free!


181 – Expand Your Market and Help People With Special Needs Travel



Podcast Number One-hundred-eighty-one A differentiating factor a travel agent brings to the table when working with clients, is their knowledge of how to help the traveler. You may have clients who want to travel with family members but are limited because of their family member’s special needs. You will be a hero if you know … Continue reading 181 – Expand Your Market and Help People With Special Needs Travel