There’s no stopping Rita Hunter. After more than 30 years in travel, she has ambitious expansion plans that could take her homeworking business to a new level.
Last year, she rebranded her homeworking business from Rita Hunter Travel to Hunters Travel, and left Freedom Travel Group for Advantage Travel Partnership to maintain her stance as a truly independent agent.
Rita was the first homeworker to join the consortium’s managed services division, in December last year. It was a deliberate move to allow her team to focus on the business, leaving the consortium to pay the suppliers.
“I have opened a lot of shops in the past and had to do so many applications and write to suppliers,” she says. “I didn’t want to do all that this time, I just wanted to get on with my business.”
With business partner Diane Cannon now in charge of bringing in new business and Rita’s son James also working for the agency, based in Rita’s converted garage, the company hopes to open a second office in Liverpool city centre later this year.
Rita says: “Since the three of us got together, the business has gone from strength to strength. Our expansion plans are all in the pipeline.
“We would look to have eight to 10 agents at the other office, which would mirror what we do in our existing one. We want to maintain an excellent level of service.”
Rita is confident the expansion will work and is full of gritty determination.
Hardly surprising, given what she has endured in the past. She switched to homeworking in 2006 after being diagnosed with cancer.
“I have had cancer five times. I had operations but it kept coming back. I just had to bumble through my work. It was difficult, but you either give in or hit it on the chin,” says Rita, who has been clear of the disease now for two years.
“You have to embrace change,” she says. “I’m lucky that I don’t think of my work as a job. I enjoy it.”
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