Are you passionate about your local area?
Would you like to make money showing visitors around it?
Then we have just the job for you!
The website ToursByLocals allows you to sign-up as a local tour guide in your area and markets your service through their website – you get all the fun of being a guide without having to worry about the hassle of the admin.
Read on to find out more about making money showing people around your local area.
They handle all the administration – they handle the booking, travelers’ requests and payment, so you can just focus on giving the best tour possible.
People using your services will be wanting a private tour and to take advantage of your local knowledge to find out all the things they couldn’t in a large tour group.
So, as long as people are coming to your area and looking for a guide, there’s no reason why you can’t advertise your services!
- Making sure you deliver a quality tour in a friendly and professional way
- Replying to all customer inquiries and booking requests within 24 hours
- Making sure all your account details are up-to-date on site
But beyond the basics, we wanted to know exactly what makes a good tour guide, so we asked TourByLocals.
They said “Above and beyond any other skill or personality trait, a successful tour guide demonstrates a real passion for the area they’re guiding in. Travellers want to be excited and enthralled with what they’re seeing, and a good guide shares this passion!
“In addition to this come the basics: a friendly personality, a deep knowledge about the places they guide (expertise in a particular area – e.g. history, architecture, gastronomy is a strong asset), and a genuine desire to meet and spend time with new people.
“A good guide needs to be always polite and accommodating, willing to be flexible and make each tour experience slightly different – people love getting a custom experience!”
As an example, Amanda, a guide in London, charges $460 USD for an 8-hour tour of London.
ToursByLocals takes a 20% commission on any tour booked which covers the costs of your marketing, payment processing, etc.
Thankfully you are covered for last minute cancellations or customers who don’t show and ToursByLocals covers your liability insurance.
Is this a money making opportunity you’re thinking of giving a go? Ever been a guide before? Let us know in the comments below.