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ReviewAfter retiring from the US Air Force in 2012, I spent a full year researching various franchise opportunities. I have to admit, the thought of a travel franchise had never crossed my mind at the time I started researching even though I have spent my entire life traveling the world, and planning trips for myself and small groups of friends.
I purchased my Cruise Planners Franchise a little over 3 years ago, and had formulated a 5 year plan to financial independence which I thought was ambitious. At the end of 12 months my business had shown such phenomenal growth that I began re-assess my 5-year goal, and submitted my notice to my then full-time employer. Years 2 & 3 have shown a successive 50%+ year over year growth rate. I can thank the Cruise Planners Corporate staff and agent network for that!
The support and ongoing expansion of the home office team has been incredible over the past 3 years. I have a regional business coach that I can reach out to personally when I have an issue or just need advice. The network of agents is phenomenal and really brings that military sense of “we’re a family and we’re all in this together to support on another” to life.
The IT infrastructure of the organization is really geared towards making your life as a home-based agent as easy as possible. They are constantly working to create newer and more customer-friendly technologies that appeal across the spectrum of the generations that love to travel.
My parting two cents? As with virtually any venture, you’ll get out of a franchise what you put in to it. It’s not an automatic formula for success, but Cruise Planners does their very best to set their franchisees up to be a success.
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