New Series – The Tour Operator Start-Up -Follow A Tour Operator as they build their tour business. (114)
Morgan’s determination to create a tour in a market where none exists.
Welcome to a brand new mini-series on Tourpreneur called The Tour Operator Start-Up.
What is the Tour Operator Start-up I hear you ask?
Many of you have written in asking me if I can produce a mini-series, a documentary if you will, where we follow a tour operator who is starting out building their tour business. Think, ‘how I am building this’ as opposed to ‘how I built this.’
So in this series, we follow a tour operator on that journey from start to, well, we don’t know where. We hope it is to success, but you’re going to have to listen in each month to find out what happens.
We also hope you will contribute to this series by offering your insights, advice, and experience via our Facebook group or by calling in, as we help a tour operator start-up create a thriving to tour business.
Got advice for Morgan? Share it here on our private Facebook Group for Tourpreneur listeners.
Today we feature Morgan Cantrell of HistoryWellTravelled.com.
Let me introduce you to Morgan. She started her walking tour business just as the pandemic hit. Morgan shares why her dream is to build her own tour business. We also discuss some of the growing pains, she’s experienced so far in starting her own tour business.
We won’t be sugarcoating anything during these chats, you know me well enough over the past 113 episodes that I’m all about authentic and genuine conversations.
We will discuss Morgan’s’ wins and her losses. I know you’re going to be thrilled when you hear Morgan share with us what it was like the day she picked up her phone and read that she had her first bookings.
So today’s episode is Morgan’s tour operator start-up story. We will check in with Morgan monthly to discuss her wins and her challenges building her tour business.
I’m excited. Strap yourself in. Let’s go.
This week on Tourpreneur:
- What inspired Morgan to start a tour business
- Developing a brand name, website domain, and logo
- How Morgan went about designing her first historic Carrollton walking tour
- Morgan’s determination to create a tour in a market where none exist
- How to research and build a website with a WordPress theme
- How Morgan is marketing her business in her town through Facebook targeted ads
- Creating awareness and experimenting with Facebook ads, including images, demographics, and keyword plugins
- Why Morgan chose FareHarbor software to streamline bookings, payments, and data analysis
- The emotions and excitement Morgan felt taking her first booking
- Morgan’s biggest frustrations on starting a tour business and how she motivates herself
On the next episode of the Tour Operator Start-Up
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Morgan Cantrell is the founder of History Well Travelled, a Carrollton walking tour company she started in January, just as the pandemic hit. Morgan has a passion for travel and history, visiting and living in the US, Ireland, and Scotland. Previously, she was the Director of Education and Programs at the Biblical History Center and Social Media Manager at Presidential Pathways Travel Association. Morgan has a Bachelor of Art in History from Auburn University and a Master of Art in History from the University of West Georgia. During grad school, she specialized in heritage tourism, examining the tour guides’ impact on visitor experiences.
Mitch Bach, travel author, international speaker and trainer, and the Co-Founder and CEO of Trip School, joins me on today’s episode to discuss Morgan’s start-up story and why her dream is to build her own tour business. Morgan shares the growing pains she’s experienced so far, her wins and losses, and how she felt on the day that she picked up her phone and took her first booking. She discusses developing a brand, website, walking tour, and marketing plan, how she chose a booking platform, and the crucial features she looked for at this early stage. Morgan also discusses the apps, tools, and people that have been helpful and motivational during her first months of business.
Find out more about Mitch Bach and TripSchool in this interview with him on the Tourpreneur Podcast.
Our Favorite Quotes:
- “You can start something with very little investment capital, and it can start paying dividends pretty soon.” – Mitch Bach
Connect with Morgan Cantrell:
- History Well Travelled
- History Well Travelled on Facebook
- History Well Travelled on Instagram
- Morgan Cantrell on LinkedIn
Connect with Mitch Bach:
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