Meet Katie Kirk, successful business owner and mum , who decided to leave her high-flying career in marketing when she began planning to start a family. She wanted a career opportunity that would give her the flexibility to be the mum she wanted to be.
I wanted to do something that broke me free from the paid-by-the-hour business model, something different, something that excited me, challenged me, that embraced my love for life and that I was passionate about. But what?
“I can do what I love, what I'm good at, work around my family and provide a much better customer service and experience.”
It was a very difficult decision as I am the main bread winner in the household so it was a bit of a gamble. I wasn't sure my accounts would all come with me to my new Travel Counsellors venture.
After many years gaining a wealth of experience in agencies and tour operators, and first-hand travel stories, it was a job she loved, but the time had come to make a change.
Besides providing unforgettable holiday memories, Travel Counsellors are famous for their world-leading customer service. And by running a business based on personal relationships and getting to know the customer inside out, it comes naturally.
When you start your own business, there is a lot to think about. But there are plenty of fun things to be done too, and one of these is creating your very own office.
A quick internet search of how to market your business throws up lots of useful advice: use social media, advertise in a local paper, just do something. But why rely on the same strategies that everyone else finds with a quick Google?
Everyone loves a bit of friendly competition, and our Travel Counsellors are no different. We caught up with Travel Counsellor, Mandy Rhodes, a deserving winner of our recent incentive trip to the exotic island of Mauritius.