Over £55,000 worth of bookings generated in just six weeks!home/news/Over £55,000 worth of bookings generated in just six weeks!
Mike and Sean

Sean Wallage and Mike Johnson are two of our newest Travel Consultants here at The Travel Franchise. Not only are they working together as a partnership, they have also been best friends for over 17 years.

Mike and Sean only completed their initial training in May and are already achieving some phenomenal results – they have generated over £55,000 worth of bookings in just six weeks (with an additional £20,000 booking in the process of being finalised.)

What is even more impressive is that the terrific duo have achieved this whilst fully employed in their ‘day’ jobs. Mike works as an Independent Financial Adviser and Sean works within the entertainment industry.

This remarkable volume of bookings has largely been achieved by leveraging strong networks of friends, family and acquaintances,(a large proportion of these contacts have been generated from Mike’s client base working as a financial adviser)

Social media has also proved to be a strong channel for generating referrals too.

Despite only being two months in, Mike and Sean have their eye firmly on the prize and want to achieve their goal of winning the Money Back Challenge. Sean explained:

“It is the main goal in mind, and we are working towards that.”

Sean continued:

“The support from head office has been great – their provision and knowledge has been invaluable. Any questions or guidance we’ve needed gets taken care of quickly, we can’t compliment the team enough.”

“The support from head office has been great – their provision and knowledge has been invaluable. Any questions or guidance we’ve needed gets taken care of quickly, we can’t compliment the team enough.”

Would Sean recommend people to become a Travel Consultant?

I would 100% recommend people signing up to The Travel Franchise – we love the model that The Travel Franchise offers.”

  





What are the myths and misconceptions when it comes to franchising?home/news/What are the myths and misconceptions when it comes to franchising?

When it comes to franchising, there are a lot of things to consider. What kind of franchise do you want? What is your budget, and will you succeed?

At The Travel Franchise, we aim to help bring some clarity to this industry and provide you with the answers to the most common misconceptions when it comes to franchising.

What are the benefits to buying a franchise over starting your own business? Is there value in taking on a franchise? According to new research from the bfa, franchising is thriving.

Franchising is now a major factor in business growth in the UK and these numbers are expected to continue to grow. The bfa’s report shows that franchising contributes an estimated £17 billion to the UK economy per year and that 93% of franchisees claim to be profitable even during this time of economic uncertainty.

The report reveals that there are 710,000 people employed in franchising in the UK which has increased from 589,000 since 2015 In turn, six in 10 franchised units turn over more than £250,000*

This sector is clearly strong, but what are the common misconceptions when it comes to franchising?

Won’t buying a franchise be expensive?’

Some franchises can be expensive, there is no getting around that. Did you know that buying a McDonalds franchise can cost in the region of £1 million? That is a lot of burgers you will need to sell to make that fee back.

Every new start-up cost money – however you can start a business on a budget. Big brand name franchises like McDonalds, Subway and more will cost you a lot of money and essentially you are paying for the brand name. However, there are many smaller franchise businesses that offer great packages that are much more budget friendly that could work for your financially.

Won’t I be limited to what I can do with the business?’

With some franchise businesses, you will need to ‘toe the party line’, this can be frustrating when you want to run your own business, but if you are taking on a franchise with a huge brand this is to be expected and comes with the territory. Sometimes, the bigger the organisation – the less freedom that you will have.

However, this is not the case all of the time. Yes, there are certain things that you need to do, but this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on creativity and a strong franchise organisation will actively encourage their franchisees to do this.

‘Am I not just buying a name?’

Let’s not deny that a name, a brand or business can have a significant impact on people’s perception of your business. The more renowned or established a business is will certainly help you find customers and grow, however on the flip side it can also have a detrimental impact if people have previously had a negative experience with the brand.

Buying into a business’ name is one of the biggest selling points for franchising. It brings you brand recognition and company reputation, two of the most desirable features businesses owners are trying to achieve.

At The Travel Franchise, we have garnered a strong reputation for being a first-class business within not just the travel industry but in the franchising sector as a whole. Our hard work over the last 17 years has helped cement our reputation which in turn has helped attract over 700 people to join The Travel Franchise and be part of our community.

We want to run our business well and we only make money if you do – more importantly, every day our reputation is the line, so it’s in our best interest to help our franchisees every step of the way which is something that we are very proud of.

‘I haven’t run my own business before – can I really do this?’

Yes you can! We are not saying it’s going to be a walk in the park for everybody, and there might be tough times ahead, but that is the case in any business.

You don’t necessarily have had to run your own business to succeed. In fact, most of our franchisees are first time business owners. Some of our franchisees even consider it an advantage to have not run their own business. All that matters is that you have ambition, drive and overall a passion for travel.

Entrepreneurs may have years of business experience under their belt, but their companies still fail and quite often the reason is lack of passion.

The key to success is having a passion for what you do, enhancing your drive and dedication. Franchising is a great opportunity for those who want to turn a passion into a profit without a need for lots of experience; the business basics are already set out.

At The Travel Franchise, we are just like you – we are passionate about helping individuals not only start their dream career but enjoy exceptional levels of success. We offer continuous support to our franchisees and runs regular training events and retreats to help our franchisees realise their full potential on both a personal and professional level. We are proud to help people learn not only how to build an amazing travel business, which is a tangible asset, but also how to continue to grow it without limits.

*Bfa Franchise report 2019

  





Age is just a number when it comes to franchising successhome/news/Age is just a number when it comes to franchising success
Age is just a number when it comes to success

Many young entrepreneurs are seeing franchising as a route into business and are utilising the franchise business model as a low risk way to run their own business and carve out a career for themselves.

A new report from the bfa has revealed that

• 18% of all franchisees are now under 30, more than ever before

• In the past two years, 27% of all new franchisees have been under the age of 30

Here at The Travel Franchise, almost 7%* of our franchisees are 29 and under and we fully expect this figure to increase in the coming months as we are receiving more and more enquiries from prospective franchisees who are under the age of 30.

One of our younger franchisees that has really made an impact is Frazer Webley. At the time of joining, Frazer was 19 years old, and after reviewing the packages available he purchased the Elite package (our most popular package).

Frazer is the epitome of success

“When joining Not Just Travel/The Travel Franchise, I was aware that most of the other franchisees would be older than me, but that didn't put me off as I still believed I could run my own business. I was very excited and eager to start as I've wanted my own business since I can remember, and this was my opportunity.

For the first few months it was a bit of a struggle as my friends and most of the people I know are either at University, doing an apprenticeship or had a part time job - meaning they weren't really in the position to be booking holidays for themselves. I realised quite quickly that I'd have to source my customers from elsewhere as just trying to target everyone I know wasn't going to be very effective.

I spent a while figuring out what would and wouldn't work for me when finding customers, there was a lot trial and error involved.

Eventually I found ways that work for me. I think that being young and starting my own business came with hurdles that others may not have, however I also believe that there are many advantages to being young in this business and I used certain ways to target customers that might not suit others.”

Frazer's story clearly demonstrates that age truly is just a number when it comes to achieving success with The Travel Franchise.

If you are ambitious and want to reach for the stars, then regardless of whether you are 25 or 65, why not consider running your own travel business behind our multi award-winning brand The Travel Franchise

There are many different franchise options available and we do offer financing too so why not give us a call on 0800 084 8128 to discuss your options. 

Don’t forget our prices go up on Monday 1st July – so you don’t have long to take advantage of acquiring a franchise at the lower price.  Watch our 12 minute video to find out why you should take advantage of being part of a multi award-winning travel brand like The Travel Franchise.

*based on a recent survey of a selection of our franchisees

  





More Money Back Challenge winners than ever!home/news/More Money Back Challenge winners than ever!

More Money Back Challenge winners than ever!

With the first half of 2019 well under way, we already have so many achievements to look back on. 3 of the first 4 months of this year broke records for the highest value booking of the month in our company’s history. This is due in large part to the continuing improvement of our 6 weeks accelerated training programme; focusing on establishing a solid foundation for each new franchisee and ensuring they have the platform to succeed in their first year and beyond.

With this in place, along with many of our other training and mentorship programmes it is no suprise that we have been congratulating new winners of our exclusive Money Back Challenge so frequently.

Our latest addition to this list is Cath Wallace. Cath joined in April 2018 and since then has been working hard to grow her business and expand her customer base. She attended the Millionaires Retreat in October 2018, which saw her have a boost in confidence and sales at the midway point in her Money Back Challenge calendar. With the exclusive information given to her at the retreat, she was able to utilise the skills she learned and begin the next phase of her journey with Not Just Travel

A massive congratulations to Cath for all the hard work she has put in over the last 12 months! We look forward to seeing her exciting new developments for the rest of the year and beyond!

  





Meet Sarah Heduanhome/news/Meet Sarah Heduan

Meet Sarah Heduan

Sarah is one of our amazing travel consultants who was looking for a new opportunity and wanted to change her life. The thought of an uncapped salary and the freedom to work from home was a massive appeal to her and she made the decision to join The Travel Franchise.  Sarah tells us more: "I’ve always wanted to have my own business, but after six years of working in fashion, I realised that wouldn’t be the industry I do it in. So I decided to look for other opportunities and travel is something that really stood out to me. I didn’t want to be just a regular travel agent, as the salary wasn’t great and I didn’t want to be so restricted.

The thought of an uncapped salary and the freedom to work from home naturally appealed to me, so they were the key selling factors for me when joining The Travel Franchise." Sarah currently works on a part time basis (in addition to her other job) but this has not held her back when it comes to securing those all-important bookings. "I work part-time Monday to Wednesday at my other job, so I tend to try and squeeze in some bookings and enquiries in my lunch hour and after work on these days. But on the days when I am working solely on my travel business, I usually plan my day the night before with a checklist to ensure my day is as productive as possible. I also try to network at a range of different events each week in London.

I attend BNI meetings, breakfast and lunch socials and also seek out meetings with inspirational people I’ve met along the way so I can continue to learn and evolve my business." Being a franchisee with The Travel Franchise has really helped build Sarah's confidence. She explains: "Networking really helped to build my confidence and talking to friends and family really encouraged me to go out and find more customers. The support and training provided by The Travel Franchise is second to none, and it really is a close family community where everyone encourages one another to succeed. I have also had some great opportunities to travel since becoming a Travel Consultant and I’ve attended two Millionaire’s Retreats and the Sandals Ultimate Educational which was hosted in St Lucia & Antigua. My advice to anyone who is thinking about staring their own business is to be confident and do it. The business model is simple yet effective, and with a little hard work and dedication, you’re guaranteed to succeed!"

Get in touch

Are you looking to start your own business in travel, but want the support of an established multi award-winning brand behind you? At The Travel Franchise, we give you all the training, resources and support you need to take your business to the next level. To find out more, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

  





Money Back Challenge Winners: Shan Simpsonhome/news/Money Back Challenge Winners: Shan Simpson

Money Back Challenge Winners: Shan Simpson

Yet another name has been added to our most exclusive list of top consultants: Congratulations to Shan Simpson for all of her hard work in achieving the Money Back Challenge!!

Back in April 2018, we welcomed Shan as our latest consultant to Not Just Travel. From the get go, we saw her hard work and determination shine through and were able to work with her to assist in meeting her ambitions with the business.

In Shan’s first year she has made 109 bookings, several of which were for over £20,000! Her largest booking at over £28,000 resulted in over £4000 of commission for this booking alone!

We are immensely proud of Shan’s achievement and are excited to work with her in the next steps of her exciting journey with us. Whilst her Money Back Challenge has officially been completed, there are many more goals she will be working towards as she continues to see her business grow

What is the Money Back Challenge?

For those who aren’t familiar, the Money Back Challenge is a unique incentive we offer to all new franchisees when they join our business. This gives you the opportunity to earn your franchisee fee back, in FULL, within your first 12 months by meeting a simple sales target!

Your franchise FREE!

The Money Back Challenge is achievable and we’ve had many people make their money back within 12 months. It’s absolutely achievable and we will give you full training and support when you join The Travel Franchise, and with a network of over 400 award-winning and friendly Travel Consultants, you’ll never feel alone on your journey.

Get in touch

Are you looking to start your own business in travel, but want the support of an established multi award-winning brand behind you? At The Travel Franchise, we give you all the training, resources and support you need to take your business to the next level. To find out more, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

  





Take a tour of The Travel Franchise Officeshome/news/Take a tour of The Travel Franchise Offices

Take a Tour of The Travel Franchise Offices

 

Meet the team, tour the office and see behind the scenes

We allowed the cameras behind the scenes at our recent open evening. Take a look as we see inside our head offices in Bournemouth, meet some of the team who make everything happen at The Travel Franchise and catch up with Paul and Steve, the founders of one of the UK’s fastest growing travel businesses.

Get in touch

Are you looking to start your own business in Travel but want the support of an established brand behind you? At The Travel Franchise, we give you all the training, resources and support you need to take your business to the next level. To find out more, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

  





Money Back Challenge Winners: Michael & Derekhome/news/Money Back Challenge Winners: Michael & Derek

Money Back Challenge Winners: Michael and Derek

 

It’s a new year and that means new Money Back Challenge winners. We’re only a short way into 2019 and we’ve had some fantastic sales from some of our latest additions to the Travel Franchise Family.

What is the Money Back Challenge?

For those who aren’t familiar, the Money Back Challenge is a unique incentive we offer to all new franchisees when they join our business. This gives you the opportunity to earn your franchisee fee back, in FULL, within your first 12 months by meeting a simple sales target!

This week, we are saying a huge congratulations to Michael and Derek for completing their challenge. Not only have they smashed sales since they joined the business, they can now enjoy the added bonus of their entire franchise fee returned to them to say well done.

Your franchise FREE!

The Money Back Challenge is achievable by everyone, and we’ve had many people make their money back in less than the 12-month deadline. We give you full training and support when you join The Travel Franchise, and with a network of over 400 award-winning and friendly Travel Consultants, you’ll never feel alone on your journey.

Get in touch

Are you looking to start your own business in Travel but want the support of an established brand behind you? At The Travel Franchise, we give you all the training, resources and support you need to take your business to the next level. To find out more, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

  





Meet our sales team!home/news/Meet our sales team!

 

Meet our sales team!

Our in-house sales team have smashed sales in January, and they’re here to help you smash yours, too!

It’s time we introduced you to our in-house sales team. They’re here to help our Travel Consultants close those sales and ultimately, make more money. Their services are available to all franchisees who feel they need a little bit of extra help closing those bookings.

Whether you lack sales experience or simply work part-time and can’t fit everything in, the sales team at our headquarters are here to support you with their expert knowledge and experience.

Our team did over £70,000 worth of Lapland bookings in January alone, and the Travel Consultants who use the sales team’s service will have that reflected in their commission payment.

Want to know about how our sales team at HQ can benefit your business? Read on to find out more.

1. Years of experience and extensive knowledge

We truly believe that if you’re looking to start a career in travel then all you need is a passion for travel and a passion for people. Many of our franchisees have never worked in the travel industry before, but we provide you with full training and ongoing support to help you build your business effectively.

Our sales team have years of experience and extensive knowledge in the travel industry. Many have come from other travel agencies, airlines or tour operators, so they really know their stuff, and they can use this to help you with your business.

If you’re not as confident with the sales side of things as you are with the networking, then our in-house team can be a great asset to help you turn your enquiries into bookings.

2. Gives you more time to generate leads

Following on from our first point, if you’re great at generating leads but struggle to convert them into sales, then the head office team can help! With the team behind you, you’ll have the freedom to go out and do what you do best- network. Attend lots of events, speak to everyone you know, and then direct all the leads and enquiries directly to our sales team to seal the deal.

With their years of sales experience, they’ll be able to handle your enquiries efficiently and professionally so that you start to see a higher conversion rate from your enquiries.

3. Gives you more time to work on your business

Not only will you have more time to generate leads, but you’ll have more time to nurture your business in every area. While the sales team take care of closing the deals, you can be out networking, working on your social media presence, learning new skills, attending training events and so on.

We also offer a concierge service which means we can take a lot of the admin work of your hands, so you’ll have even more time to be generating those leads.For those that run their business alongside another job, this is also a great way to take the pressure off while trying to grow your business part-time.

4. More profitable for you

When you use our sales team service, you still make the same amount of commission you would when dealing with the bookings on your own, but it gives you a higher chance of securing those bookings. Not only that, our sales team only discount on average around 1%. During the first few months of starting up your own home travel business, you may find yourself offering discounts to secure sales, but if you find you start relying on this, the sales team could be a good way to get you and your customers out of that habit.

5. Higher repeat booking rate

Retention is one of the trickiest parts of business. As a personal Travel Consultant, you need to make sure you are always engaging with your customers before, during and after their holiday if you want to see repeat custom. We know how hard this can be, especially when you feel your time should be spent finding new leads.

Our in-house sales team has a repeat booking rate of 60%, so if you want to try and build up a regular client base, using the sales team could be a real benefit to your business. The power of an expert team behind you will make your business appear bigger, and their knowledge and skills will build a good rapport with your customers so that they’ll want to book with you time and time again.

Are you considering starting your own business but lack the confidence when it comes to selling? The Travel Franchise offers you ongoing support and training to help you grow a successful business in travel. To find out more about benefits like this, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

  





Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.home/news/Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.

Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.

Travel is booming. Whether its UK city breaks, long-haul holidays, or cruises; sales in the travel industry are growing rapidly.

Recent stats from the likes of ABTA and Travel Weekly confirm that holiday sales are on the up, and there is nothing to indicate signs of them slowing down. For the last 7 years, the number of people booking holidays has only increased, with a whopping 46.9 million holidays abroad taken in 2018 alone, and 54.7 million EU trips made (despite Brexit looming over us).

This just proves that the demand for holidays isn’t going away, and with such a positive start to 2019, these stats are only set to increase in the year to come. But where are customer’s booking these holidays? Surely they just book online I hear you ask. Wrong!

Here’s a breakdown….

  • 40% of holiday bookings are made through a travel agent
  • 76% of the population take at least one holiday
  • 80% percent of those who took an overseas holiday also had a UK break (and the remaining percent booked a second overseas trip).

This suggests there is a huge opportunity to make sales from existing customers, making holiday sales even easier for our Travel Consultants.

What does this mean for us?

The busiest month of the year for the travel industry has just drawn to a close, and what a month it has been. Our January sales have already been considerably higher than last year’s, which has given us a really great start to the year, and we’re set to see this trend continue throughout 2019.

We understand that one of the most common doubts our Travel Consultants and prospective franchisees have is whether they will be able to find enough customers and make enough sales. This would be a concern of anyone going into any kind of business for the first time. However, one of the best things about the travel industry is there are always people looking to go on holiday. Always.

Think of your friends and family, and their friends and family. It is likely that at some point throughout the year, they will take a holiday. Whether it’s an overseas trip or a weekend break in the UK, it’s still a holiday. And that makes them a potential customer of yours.

Trends for 2019

A holiday trend that is big for this year is cruising. It is estimated that 2 million people will cruise this year, with 1.1 million of those being from the UK, and nearly 20 million nights spent on board ships by UK holiday makers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our Travel Consultants to take advantage of, and that’s just a small percentage of the holidays that will be booked this year, so the earning potential from cruise bookings alone is huge, but by no means the only potential for earning in 2019.

After reviewing 2018’s stats, it is thought that 60% of the population will spend the same or more in 2019, and with 106 million domestic and overseas holidays sold last year, it certainly won’t be a struggle finding potential customers.

So if you’re thinking of making a career change, the travel industry is a no brainer. As a Travel Consultant at The Travel Franchise, you get to be your own boss, with the power of a hugely successful and growing brand behind you.

Our Travel Consultants have access to over 12 million holiday options, which really puts us ahead of the game in the industry.

To find out more about joining The Travel Franchise, check out our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 0848128.