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Travel agencies are homeward-bound.

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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Life is full of contradictions. Here's a new one that can put you in business: working as a homebased travel agent. Using the power of your PC, you can send clients all over the world without commuting more than 10 feet to the office.

Travel agents everywhere are riding the wave of technology, using fax machines, modems and computers to run full-service agencies from home offices. "There's certainly been a trend toward homebased agencies. The percentage of homebased agents and outside sales consultants is now fairly low, around 8 percent to 10 percent," says James Ashurst, manager of communications for the American Society of Travel Agents in Alexandria, Virginia. "But the number is increasing, and by 2000, it could be as high as 20 percent."

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