Are you a cruise aficionado?
Want to channel your love into a work-from-home job?
Well, World Travel Holdings (WTH) is hiring travel sales agents to work from home in 43 states.
Here’s what you need to know…
How to Snag This Work-From-Home Travel Agent Job
In this role, you’ll be responsible for selling travel packages (from the introductory video, it sounds like mostly cruises). You’ll take inbound calls, follow up with current clients and book their vacations.
The company provides your computer equipment and six weeks of training, so you don’t need much to get started.
To be eligible, you must live in one of these 43 states and have a year of sales and service experience. You’ll also need good time management and communications skills, and be technically savvy and passionate about travel.
Once hired, it’s important to note you won’t be working a typical 9-5.
“Your schedule will change approximately every 12 weeks and it will include nights, weekends and holidays,” the listing states. “You must be available to work full-time (35-45 hours/week) between the hours of 8 a.m. EST and 1 a.m. EST.”
As for pay, here’s what Angie Ranck, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, told me in an email:
“On average, most agents make about $31,000 during their first year as it takes time to get the hang of the job and learn the product. Some make significantly more than this, but the average is around $15 per hour. Our compensation plan rewards great performance.”
After 90 days of employment, you’ll be eligible for benefits like medical and dental insurance, a 401(k), travel discounts and paid vacation.
All that said, I urge you to read the reviews on Glassdoor before applying — as they’re quite mixed. You’ll be able to work from home, yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your work-life balance will be in tune.
Most employees enjoyed the convenience of telecommuting, but called the hours “difficult” and metrics “unfair.” Several also said they’re frequently asked to work on their days off.
So take these reviews into consideration when deciding whether World Travel Holdings is right for you.
And if you work for this company (or have in the past), please let us know what you think!
Your Turn: Do you think this travel job sounds fun?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain