How to Start a Tourism Business From Home. A home business is a solution for those who are either looking for extra income (and aren't willing to give up their day jobs) or individuals who cannot or don't want to leave home for long periods of time. The good news is that you can start a tourism business from home for little or no money.
Find out about your city's laws and regulations regarding home businesses. Most cities only require you to file some paperwork establishing yourself as a business, although some may require special permits, depending on whether you plan on employing other people or working by yourself.
Set up a website. When you work from home, the Internet becomes a viable platform for reaching potential customers. An effective website needs to not only to attract customers, but also provide the tools for them to complete transactions or make requests online.
Make sure you can handle all the aspects of a home business (financial, secretarial, advertising). If not, enlist help before you start. Consulting with an attorney or an accountant before you start can save you a lot of trouble down the line.
Visit the PowerHomeBiz website for tourism business ideas, financing options and solutions and sample contracts and forms you may need when setting up your tourism business (see Resources below).
Become a tour operator or travel agent if you don't want to run a full-fledged tourism business. As a travel or booking agent, you can work for a larger, established tourism business, acting as a subcontractor. This is a way to get your foot into the business, without having to invest full-time effort and money.
Ask yourself whether you have what it takes to run a business from home. Not only will you have to work out the financial and strategic details, but you may also spend most of your time alone. If you cannot handle isolation, a home business may not be for you. Unless you have experience building websites, pay a professional to create one for you. An amateur-looking website can kill your chances of having a successful tourism business.
Don't start your business without learning and meeting local zoning and licensing requirements. You may be fined if you fail to comply with local laws.