ToursByLocals is a bit more discriminating when it comes to signing up as a tour guide. They will conduct two telephone interviews to see if you have the necessary qualifications. They also do a reference and background check and confirm that you agree with their business principles. Then they confirm that you meet any local legal requirements to give tours. Most states do not require a guide to have a license. The same is true of most cities, although the local exceptions they note are New York City, New Orleans and the District of Columbia. They take a percentage of your tour fees and in return offer tools, training and $3 million in liability insurance. If you love your city and showing people around, you might be able to make good money as a local tour guide, even if you’re only available on weekends.
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