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#1 kazz

Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:54 PM

Hi There,
Just wondering if anyone has any 'words of wisdom' or advise on starting my own travel agency.  I have worked in both retail and corporate travel agencies for about 10 years and have worked for a large airline the last 3 years.  I have looked into starting an agency twice before but decided against it as I would of had to have a business partner to help finance it.
I am finally at the stage in my life where I could get this off the ground myself and I feel I have the knowledge and experience to make it a success.  My concerns or rather my husbands concerns are that I would not have as much time for our family.  My daughter is almost 18 months old.  She is currently in creche 3 days per weeks as I am working part time.  She has been offered a place in 2004 for 5 days a week at this creche which she loves attending.  But my husband ever so suttlely makes me feel guilty for having her in creche.  Unfortunelty my dh's mother ran off with another man when DH was 2yo.  So DH was brought up by his father who never remarried.
I am just not sure if I am making the right decision to start a business or is it just DH making me doubt myself?  I do feel he holds me back in some ways.  Has anyone else had simmilar situations with there DH?

Love to hear your views!!

Karen & Jemma 12mths

#2 tle

Posted 29 December 2003 - 02:00 PM

Have you considered becoming a niche agency targeted directly at family holidays.  That way, you could set up a small play area in your shop/office for when clients come in with their kids.  It would also enable you to have your own daughter with you at least a few days a week.  Since you would be dealing mainly with parents anyway they would probably understand you having your daughter at work with you (and being interupted occassionaly).

Another idea, is it feasible to hire someone else for a few days a week so that you don't have to work every day.  

Or, promote yourself as an agency that works later hours so that you can serve clients after hours when they finish work.  e.g. open from 2pm to 7pm so that your partner share the responsibility of looking after your daughter when he gets home from work.


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