2. Cruise Planners
Cruise Planners has been in the travel business for over 20 years. Franchisees come from a range of different career backgrounds, including nursing, hair styling, computer programming and, yes, even stay-at-home moms. You don’t need any experience to begin selling cruises, resort stays, and other travel products from your home-based office. You can work part-time and, theoretically, your income is only limited by how much you sell as you get a percentage of each closed sale.
The main downside is that franchisees are not given “ownership” of any geographic region. You can sell travel products to anyone in North America. But with more than 1,800 other franchisees out there doing the same thing—and more coming onboard every other month—how can you ensure your success?
The answer is that you will spend a lot of time doing your own marketing. Cruise Planners will initially give you a list of 250 names (but who knows whether they are actual quality leads) as well as free social media, direct mail, and email campaign content. The rest is on you.
If you are a sure-fire saleswoman, this franchise opportunity might represent a reasonable risk. While it’s a perfectly safe gamble for the franchisor, that’s not necessarily true for the franchisee.