Tell us about your business! Extra Mile Travel is a travel services company that provides a personal experience that is built through our passion for people and traveling. Travel Consultant Tiffany Kappel is just a phone call away and is ready to guide you through the travel planning process.
Why did you choose entrepreneurship? I chose entrepreneurship because it provides me flexibility between work and family. I get to make my own decisions, and it allows me to determine my own success, destiny, and self worth. But, the best thing about being an entrepreneur is that I am always in control of how much money I make.
Why do military spouses make great entrepreneurs? Military Spouses constant transition helps us to develop outstanding interpersonal skills that we can use to connect with clients we serve, and network with potential clients. As a business owner you have to be able to communicate with others. You have to be willing to share your business with potential customers and you have to be able to ask for help when you need it.
What is a "blocker" for you in business. What holds you back? The competition that I receive from online travel websites like Expedia, and Travelocity.
If you could call yourself 5 years ago, what would you tell yourself? Don't give up on your dreams. Life will not always be easy, but hard work will be rewarded with time. Rely on your family and friends for support, because you will need supportive people to be there for you.
What strengths do you possess, that you did not know you had, until you became an entrepreneur? When I was a brand new entrepreneur , I did not have the capital to hire a marketing professional. So I enrolled in a couple of free marketing and social media classes, and decided to do my own marketing for Extra Mile Travel. I have been successful and received several travel bookings because of my marketing skills I didn't realized I had.
What would you tell a milspo entrepreneur who is feeling discouraged? I would suggest to talk to another business owner. Entrepreneurship can be a lonely place. It is important to seek out others who have gone through similar things professionally.
What are your five favorite things that you can not live without as a milspo entrepreneur?
- Mentor- My mentor supports me with my business and I couldn't of done it without her.
- Networking- A low cost way to meet fellow business women and future travel clients.
- Social Media- A free platform that helps me promote my business.
- Community Fairs- I love to attend fairs beause I meet community leaders and future travel clients.
- Travel Conferences- a place for me to learn and network with my travel colleagues
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