Do you have interest in local culture and history? Do you enjoy talking to groups of people? Do you like seeing the excitement of someone having a new experience?
If so you may want to consider starting a tour guide business.
A tour guide business is perfect for a motivated self-starter. As a tour guide you will be responsible for knowing the most interesting facts and locations in your local area. You will also be expected to pass on this information in an entertaining way.
5 Simple Steps to Start a Private Tour Guide Company
- Survey your location
Many locations are not suited for this kind of business. You must have a steady flow of tourists, interesting local landmarks, and a decent climate.
- Do your research
Find out what locations people want to see, and learn more about your local history. A common mistake is not taking people to the places they want to go.
Take your friends on tours. Write down what you are planning to say until you gain experience. Do not be afraid to keep going after you make mistakes.
If you have the proper location, then finding clients should be easy. Put up advertisements at airports, bus stations, common tourist attractions, and restaurants. The best places to advertise will depend on your location.
When you first start your tour guide business, it can be hard to schedule tours.
First, plan ahead on where you have to be and at what time.
Second, determine how many tours you can complete in a week. Sometimes special events are taking place which may change your schedule.
If you need help with scheduling tours, try an online scheduler for tour guides.