Each month we will be spotlighting a business or charity run by one of our Community members. Our first business is You Want Joy, a travel agency run by Joy Johnson. You Want Joy can help you plan and book your trip from accommodation, flights, itineries, experiences and more. I’ve asked Joy to tell us a little bit more about her business and how it came about.
Interview with Joy Johnson from You Want Joy
Tell us about your business
I am a travel agent that designs tailored trips for people. My top goal is to relieve planning stress and make sure that their experience is well matched to their travel style and needs.
What do you enjoy about having your own business?
I enjoy the freedom to help people on my own terms, without having an organisation impose limitations on my abilities and levels of service that I want to offer my clients.
What are the challenges?
The challenges are things out of my control that cause frustration such as flight cancellations or popular travel locations with limited availability. I do my best to make sure that the things that are within my control are handled meticulously.
What made you choose to start a business?
After 25 years in the corporate world, I was presented with an opportunity to step away and pursue the things I am passionate about. Travel is one of my passions and so is helping people. I’ve spent many years being an unofficial travel advisor to friends and family, so I decided to pursue it professionally. I think travel planning is the perfect combination of these two passions.
Did you have a business in your home country or is this a new adventure?
I had a small HR consulting business in my home country before I decided to transition to travel planning. It’s still something I’m capable of, but honestly, travel advising is more fun 😊