Depending on your line of work, you may be required to go on business trips from time to time. There are those people who love them and people who don’t. Since it can often involve missing time with your family, having to take red-eye flights, and even having to travel internationally, it’s important to make sure that you make it worth it and as productive as possible.
Here are some of the most important things to look out for when traveling for business purposes.
Allowing Leisure Time To Affect Work
It’s important to keep in mind that you are traveling on your company’s dime and your priority should be your job. Even though it may feel like a vacation, it’s far from being one.
This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy some of the activities the location that you’re visiting has to offer. As long as your work is done first, you can do anything you want, from going gambling to skydiving. It’s all a question of putting your work priorities first rather than leisure.
Failing To Keep Track of an Expense Report
Since many companies expect the employee to pay for their expenses upfront when traveling for business and the company will reimburse applicable items after, you must keep track of everything that you’re spending.
This means saving your itemized receipts for every transaction. If you fail to keep track, you could end up losing money on your business trip rather than gaining it.
It’s important to communicate with your accounting department about which items you can expense. For example, some companies won’t reimburse for anything outside of food, while others are perfectly fine paying for alcohol when dining with clients. It’s better to ask beforehand than to find out after you’ve spent hundreds out of your own pocket.
Failing to Arrive Early
When you’re traveling, you’re outside of your normal routine. This leaves room for things to go potentially wrong like late departures, missed connections, and even getting lost. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time by leaving early every day, whether it’s to catch your flight or make it to the office. It’s not a good look to arrive late when the company has paid you to represent them.
Forgetting to Pack Crucial Items
It’s important to make sure that you double check that you’ve packed everything you need. This could include anything from your business attire to your external hard drives and computers.
Getting to an important meeting and realizing you’ve left an important item in another state, or worse another country, is a waste of company time and resources.
Seasoned business travelers know to write a list, which they double check every time they travel and check it off as they go.