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As a full-time mom of two, Johanna from Westdene, Johannesburg was on the lookout for a way in which she could financially support her family without having to give up her much enjoyed family time. When she heard that she could start her own online travel business, using FlightSiteAgent − a registered online travel provider to agents and SMES – Johanna jumped at the opportunity and now enjoys the best of both worlds. Here she shares her story.
Tell us about your travel business?
Travel Extravaganza is four years old and caters to the needs of both leisure and corporate clients. My business is online so I have no physical office, which allows me to be very flexible in where I run my business from.
Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?
The idea of starting my own travel business came about once I had kids. I needed flexible work hours that allowed me to run my household and take care of my children and family, and this was the only option I could think of.
What made you decide to take the leap and start your own travel business?
The reason I decided to become an entrepreneur was solely due to my love for family life. Being a mom of two I am constantly on the road dropping and collecting my kids from school and extramural activities. My travel business is a great solution to having the best of both worlds – a business owner and mother without compromising on either.
In your opinion, what are some of the rewards and challenges of being your own boss?
The rewards are that you are not restricted to times of work; I sometimes get up in the middle of the night to catch up with work! The downside is that you are not always able to attract more business as you are limited to being online. When I worked in a mall, customers wanted to see what I was selling; working from home they just have to take your word for it.
What are your thoughts on being an entrepreneur in South Africa? Would you recommend it?
You have to take it seriously, as my own boss I have to pull my weight. Its harder work, but the rewards are greater. Yes I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to put in the work.
What advice do you have for those wanting to start their own business?
Do not rush, conduct extensive research and enrol in short courses that will help you start your business successfully. I worked as a travel agent for almost 9 years before I started.
How long have you been using the FlightSiteAgent platform and what has the experience been like?
I have been using FlightsiteAgent for about 3 years after I heard about it on Travelinfo. The education and assistance that the team of consultants offer has made running my own travel business so much easier. I’d definitely recommend it to others looking into a career in travel.
For more information about FlightSiteAgent visit www.flightsiteagent.co.za