Whether it’s your first time travelling for business purposes or you consider yourself a seasoned business travelling pro, there’s always ways to improve your business travelling experience. Business, no matter what sector, is a constantly changing landscape rife with pitfalls, learning experiences, successes, and failures. It’s a never ending roller coaster ride! So naturally the constant changes in financial markets, technological spheres, and social standards would affect your business travels. Below we’ll talk about the kind of research and planning that goes into preparing yourself and your employees (if any will be travelling with you) for an ultra successful business trip.
Of course there are many different ways one can travel for business purposes. You may be a retailer selling merchandise or a financial advisor giving a talk at a conference. These two trips would look very different from each other and therefore the planning for them would differ greatly. If you are a retailer taking merchandise or inventory with you on the road air fare, packing, and travelling expenses might be one of your major concerns. Of course when you’re travelling it doesn’t matter what kind of business you own or are a part of, you’ll want to take with you a few promotional products. Vistaprint offers a wide variety of promo products that are great for spreading the word while on business trips. Now, if you’re simply taking yourself and a briefcase with you travel expenses and cargo may not be a very major concern. Keep in mind the purpose for your travel when you’re planning your trip. A helpful tool for travelling retailers toting their inventory around may be a baggage calculator. Many airlines offer these online tools like this one from United Airlines.
Another key component in planning your business trip is to think of the employees or personnel you’ll be taking with you. In a lot of cases you won’t need to take employees with you on a business trip especially if you’re just going to speak at a conference but if you’re going to sell your inventory at a convention or festival you’ll need employees there with you. Keep in mind that many businesses offer their employees time and a half or some form of extra pay for business travel. This is due to the fact that employees will be away from their families for an extended period of time and will be required to work odd hours over the course of several days. Keep this in mind when creating a budget for the trip, you may decide that you can’t afford to take as many employees as you had originally planned or that you may be able to get by with the help that you do have because hiring more staff would be too costly!
Now that you’ve got the brass tacks out of the way there’s still a few more concerns left. Mostly involving societal norms. If you’re travelling to a new country or even to a different state you’ll want to be sure to do the research. There are plenty of online resources available but of course the best way to get advice on how a society behaves is to ask a local! If you’re giving a presentation in a different country chances are they’ll have someone from their end speak with you about your trip. Whatever advice or knowledge they have on societal norms and local culture should be taken very seriously. The success of your business trip depends on it!