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Old May 25th, 2013, 10:13 PM
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I'm like you, Felix! I don't want to get too big because then I can't provide my clients with the service I feel they deserve. When an agent tries to grow too big, they tend to get too aggressive and too busy so that they become more about making the sale than in providing good service. There's a very fine line between the two.

Plus, like you, I own a franchise - mine's with Cruise Planners.

And as like you, I like working about half time on the business, so I don't want to get too big. If I wanted a full-time job, I would have kept my other job - paid more and had better benefits!

But I agree, I do this because I enjoy it, not because I have to. And when it ceases to be fun or bigger than I want, then it's time to get out of the business. At least for now, I'm still very much enjoying the job and I have some awesome clients - totaling more than 2700 around the world. We've even had the opportunity to visit many of our foreign clients in their home towns, which really makes it wonderful.

I really do feel sorry for some of these bigger agents because they have to work too hard and don't have the time to enjoy it the way we do. Yeah, they make more money, but as they say, money isn't everything.

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