Written by Angie Habiger
So, you’re thinking of joining Travel Quest? That’s great to hear! My name is Angie and I’m typically the main point of contact at Travel Quest for agents new to TQ. I thought it would be helpful to do a little write up on the typical process of signing up with TQ.
Researching and Interviews
Starting way at the beginning, the best piece of advice I can give you is to research and compare host agencies. That way when you make your decision, you know it is the right one for you! If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend reading the Tips on How to Find the Best Host Agency post from HostAgencyReviews.com. It is full of really great advice and even has a nice Excel spreadsheet of questions to ask a host agency.
We think interviewing host agencies is so important that we actually have an ‘interview’ stage with agents looking to join TQ. It isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds - we just want to make sure that all of your questions are answered on us and, if you’re a newbie, the travel industry in general!
Registering Your Business & Getting an EIN #
Registering a business name in the state you reside in is a good place to start setting everything up for your business. It is also something Travel Quest requires in order to sign up with us! We often get asked is it best to register as a Sole Proprietorship, DBA, or LLC. Any one of them works for us. To make sure you are doing what’s best for your business, we suggest consulting with a tax professional or accountant. Each state has different costs and processes set in place so be sure to check with your State Agencies for what you need to do! The Small Business Administration has a great list of filing requirements for each state.
After you register your business, you’ll also need to get an EIN (Employee Identification Number) through the IRS. This is super easy to do online at IRS.gov.
Travel Quest’s Sign Up Process
Alright, you’ve been researching and interviewing host agencies and have made your final decision. I know that once you make that decision you want to get started right away so our sign up process is streamlined to get you set up in a jiffy.
We send all of our documents via an online signature program to make things super-fast and easy to track. Once you let us know you want to sign up there are just 3 stages:
The length of time it takes from start to finish depends mostly on how fast we get the documents back. Typically you receive your log in sheet 3-5 business days after you fill out the TQ Sign Up form! If you have any questions along the way, everyone at Travel Quest is there to help! Now that you know the sign up process, I hope we get to chat soon!
Written by Bridget Lee
I don't know about you, but I love data. Make it pretty and easy to read and you've got me hooked! With that in mind, I've been wanting to create an infographic about Travel Quest for quite awhile now. As the new year began I thought, what better time than now to showcase all we've done and accomplished in 2015?! Thus, the 2015 Year in Review infographic was born!
I didn't want to overwhelm you all with a huge infographic so I broke it into pieces. This week, I'm unveiling the TQ Highlights and Stats section. It was really fun to put these together and see the data that we at Travel Quest didn't even know. Like that fact that we paid $4,359,655.59 in commissions in 2015 - that's crazy! But enough chatting...I hope you enjoy visually appealing data as much as I do - this will definitely be an annual thing!
Written by Bonnie Lee
In our last post, we covered the importance of networking, how to find events and tips and tricks to make the most of them. So I want to get more specific and go over all of the great networking opportunities that are available to agents within the Travel Quest Network!
In Person Events
What I love most about this event is the amazing participation we see from Travel Quest agents. We generally have a great showing of agents; we reserve a table at meals and meet up for general sessions.We also host a special dinner with just our TQ agents which is my favorite part. It gives me(and our agents) even more time to get to know each other - I love just chatting with our agents!!
As you can see, there is no shortage of networking events in the TQ community! We love getting facetime with our agents and so it is truly something we foster. That being said, if you’re ever in the Minnesota, drop by and say hi!
The whole TQ team is excited to write posts on our blog. We'll add their photos as they write their first posts - stay tuned!