Does anyone else find the term “Home Based Agent,” to be overused and insulting? Maybe I am getting old but I find the term derogatory. I know an attorney who works at home. He is not called a “Home Based Attorney.” Just an attorney. The same with an accountant. He is an accountant not a “home based accountant.” Same with a wedding planner, caterer, professional organizer or realtor who work at home. None of these professions have the word “Home Based” in front of them.
I understand the term was conceived to separate us from the brick and mortar agencies back in the day when agents started to move home. In 2010, we have moved past this designation. Agents are choosing to work at home and are very successful. We are ALL travel agents, consultants, advisors. Why lump those of us who happen to have a home office into a separate category? Aren’t we all just travel agents? The only difference being location?
I have attended industry events where traditional brick and mortrar agents still look down at those of us who work at home. Some feel we are hobbyists and in it for the perks. Unfortunately, without industry standards in place we are always going to have those types of agents. Agents working from home should not be lumped together and painted with the same brush. I work very hard. I have credentials, training, the latest technology and office equipment at my fingertips. I remain a professional and dedicated to the travel industry. Just because I happen to work at home should not brand me with a Scarlet A.
Let’s retire the term “home based agents.” We are all travel professionals. And, if anyone asks what I do– I am a travel consultant. If they ask me where I work — I tell them I have a home office. No further explanations needed.