paulzheng wrote: ksl wrote:
Guides Singapore professional development programme.
The website shows a certificate error, though just accept like i did and you will get information on getting a licence and the courses available.
https://guides-online.visitsingapore.co ... ulletin225
There are many business opportunities in the tourism trade and guides will be always wanted, specialising in mother tongue, not just English will be an advantage in developing your niche...specialising will add value, be it history, New development, speciality hawker foods and recipes handed down from families.
There are even the business women/men, that often drop into Singapore that need entertainment, and relaxation, so hook up with spa's clubs and such, will earn you $, if you can deliver a group for example.
Identify your target market and make a daily itinerary online so people can sign up to your tours, even if it is only 1 day a month, make it available online and get noticed through the tourism office with a licence.
do you mean that i need to get a license before i act a free guide?
No not really, though if you have anything of value to offer, then it would be the wisest choice, credability goes a long way.....most websites lure there consumers with freebies all the time. You can still be a freebie with a licence, it is much more secure for consumers to know that you are regulated and you would be offering them piece of mind, imagine if you wanted to dump your boring employment and start doing the guiding full time, good preparation and planning delays much time wasted.
So I'm saying it all depends and your long term goals which you have not yet set, in the short term you are just wanting to offer a free service to meet people who are interested, if your interest is serious your, credibility with a licence will garner exposure and feedback.
Also look at the worst scenarios, you come up with an idea, and someone will copy it and turn it into a profitable business. As i say it's all about turning a hobby into a life long dream of doing something you are happy doing and making a living.
Ask yourself why you wanted to do this in the first place? Only you have the answer, I'm the key to your subconscious
giving you alternatives to consider if you do it do it right, make a time table of events to cover the whole day, half day or by the hour.