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From zero to hero. How Nong changed her life and was last week featured in the Daily Mirror

Nong says she found her dream job when she spotted an advert for The Travel Franchise by chance, a few days after returning from a holiday in the Caribbean. Now she’s on a high travelling the world while making money booking holidays – and in a recent interview she tells how others can do this too.

“The advert changed my life. I have always wanted my own business, but for some reason I didn’t realise you could get a franchise in travel and I thought: surely this is too good to be true?”

Based in Swindon, Nong says she had worked in business development for over 10 years but wanted to be her own boss and work in an industry that she was truly passionate about. Suddenly she realised that, with our help, she could ditch her job in software sales and switch careers!

“You need a lot of capital to start a business and while I did have to invest with The Travel Franchise, it was achievable.

“I was able to get up and running almost straight away and the business came complete with backing from head office, a system and structure, branding, buying power and ABTA-bonded protection for my clients.”

Nong joined in January 2022 on our most affordable Lite franchise package, working in her spare time alongside her full-time job.

But after growing her client base faster than expected, it wasn’t long before she upgraded to our most popular Elite franchise package which includes free mentorship retreats and more.

“I soon recognised the added value both for my business and my clients,” she explains.

Upgrading to Elite enabled Nong to earn more through higher commissions and attend our unique overseas retreats where our co-founders help you skyrocket your business. She also joined our Cruise Division in order to attend our game-changing Seminar at Sea where our experts teach you how to become a cruise guru while onboard a cruise.

Being part of the Cruise Division gives her access to our specialist cruise Business Development Managers, talented individuals with decades of experience in cruise and other travel sectors, and attend tours of ships when their at UK ports.

“I love that there’s so much to learn and I’m in the fortunate position to be connected to so many industry professionals and resources. It makes every day a school day – and it’s so much fun to learn and grow in the travel industry!”

Nong doesn’t regret leaving her old job as she’s built a business that’s sold just under £200,000-worth of holidays in just 12 months – and for the majority of the year she only worked part time.

“I began getting busier and busier and took the plunge after just eight months into starting my travel business to go full time. I am here for the long run and I can already see how quickly my business has grown since making the move,” she says.

Like many Personal Travel consultants, Nong is working her way up through NJT’s success ladder, which recognises the milestones reached within her business based on bookings and revenue.

She says that she loves the flexibility of being her own boss and being able to attribute the growth in her business to her own hard work.

Nong has developed her customer base through social media platforms, particularly Instagram, as well as networking and even leaflet-dropping in her local area.

Her hard work has paid off and in 2024 she booked a ski trip for 100 travellers. Worth a whopping £170k, the booking doesn’t just mean big commission for Nong but the opportunity to attract many new repeat customers if the group enjoys the holiday she crafted.

She also recently make a £22k cruise booking while she was on a plane 39,000ft in the air with the help of one of our business development managers who are on hand to provide support when you need it! Proof that you can do this job anywhere in the world!

“You are your brand and people need to get to know you to trust you – and book a holiday with you,” she says.

Her new business means she is getting to travel the world while making money.

“I love learning about new cultures, trying new food, seeing beautiful surroundings, meeting new people and appreciating the wonders of the world.

“I visited St Lucia last year for the second time. Since that trip I’ve been able to provide a really tailored itinerary for clients who want to go there too. I see real value in travelling as much as possible and recognise it as a source of inspiration and education to benefit my clients.”

She also recognises that everyone has their own perception of what makes a great holiday and takes care to get to know her customers so that she can tailormake their ideal vacation.

“I love helping people make magical memories and hearing that they’ve had a wonderful time.

It’s such a great feeling when you see their pictures and videos. It’s why I do what I do, to see moments like these and know you helped make it happen.”

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