Tour Guide Jobs

Make $100s/Day Running Guided Tours
(In America In 2019)

By Michael Wong | May 1, 2019.

Tour Guide Jobs

Does your city/town attract tourists?

Have you ever thought it might be fun to give guided tours around your city/town?

Maybe you have searched for tour guide jobs.

But have you considered being your own boss and making money as a guide for tours you designed?

If that sounds interesting, read on...

Design Your Own Guided Tours

Here are some guided tour ideas:

  • Top 10 tourist attractions.
  • Walking/running tour of the city.
  • Downtown tour.
  • Chinatown tour.
  • Celebrity homes tour (Los Angeles).
  • TV show tours, visiting famous locations used in the show.
  • Historical tour of the city.
  • The most interesting or award winning architecture.
  • A foodie's guide to the best places to eat around town.
  • Places that serve the most interesting drinks.
  • Top 10 haunted places.
  • Top 10 nightlife hangouts around town.
  • Photography course shooting the best locations around town.

How Much Can You Make Running Your Own Guided Tours?

Here are a few guided tours to give you an idea of what people are charging:

  • 3 hour New York City Chinatown Tour (includes food and soft drinks): $85 per person
  • 2 ½ hour Navigating Chicago Tour - from Ground Zero to the neighborhoods: $315 (1-6 people)
  • 8 hour Los Angeles, Hollywood & Beverly Hills, Grand City Tour: $695 (1-6 people)

Your Guide Requirements

To successfully make money giving guided tours you designed, you should:

  • be very knowledgeable in the tour you are designing
  • be passionate about introducing a new place to other people for the first time
  • be committed to delivering a high quality experience to every guest
  • be personable, outgoing and fun
  • be professional at all times: friendly, responsive, dependable and organized
  • offer value for money - not rip off guests
  • present a clean, tidy appearance, appropriate for the tour
  • prioritize safety of your guests above all else
  • avoid activities that might offend others: smoking, foul language, etc.
  • ideally speak more than one language (it helps to attract more customers)

Top 2 Sites To Make Money As A Tour Guide

Here are my top two sites to earn money as a tour guide. Visit each website for more information:

Viator screenshot

1. Viator (

  • Earn 80% of the tour price, which guests pay you directly in cash on the day of the tour, on the Viator online marketplace.
  • Fees:
    • Create your Viator Private Tour Guides profile: Free
    • Receive client messages and questions: Free
    • Receive SMS phone alerts for bookings: Free
  • 24/7 email support.
  • Mobile app ratings:
    • Android: 4.3 (6,200+ reviews / 1 million+ downloads)
    • iOS: 4.4 (110+ ratings)
  • Stats:
    • 13 million+ website visitors per month.
    • 875,000+ user reviews.
  • Viator was acquired by TripAdvisor, Inc., a $7 billion publicly traded company (, in 2014.
  • Employees: 201+ (est. 1995) (
  • BBB accredited rating: A+ (
  • Minimum age: 18+
  • Countries: USA, worldwide.
  • Free to join: Yes
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2. Tours By Locals (

  • Earn 80% of the fee you charge on the ToursByLocals online marketplace.
  • Earnings paid weekly by wire transfer, PayPal, Skrill, Payoneer, or direct deposit in select countries.
  • Tour guide requirements:
    • 6 monthly reference and background check through the Thomson Reuters World-Check service.
    • In-depth interview by video, phone and/or in-person.
    • Legal requirements: You must meet all legal requirements to give tours in your area, which may mean a specific credential issued by an appropriate authority.
    • Locals only: You must have lived in the area for a reasonable length of time.
    • Personally deliver the tours you have agreed to do in a friendly, professional manner.
    • Respond quickly (within 24 hours) and professionally to customer inquiries and booking requests.
    • Keep your availability and account up to date.
  • 24/7 toll-free phone and email support: (866) 844-6783 (North America)
  • Stats:
    • 500,000+ travelers.
    • 1,600+ tour guides.
    • 150+ countries.
  • Employees: 51+ (est. 2008) (
  • BBB accredited rating: A+ (
  • Minimum age: 18+
  • Countries: USA, worldwide.
  • Free to join: Yes