As an entrepreneur you have probably found that traveling is an inevitable part of growing and running your business. How you spend your time traveling can have an impact on your productivity. Whether you are running down the street to a meeting or traveling across the country to work with a client, smart and efficient traveling can help to better use your time and keep your company growing.
Before leaving plan ahead, set up a schedule and establish an agenda of what you want to accomplish while you are away. Here are several tips that you can use to help get the most out of every day travel!
Mode of Transportation. If it’s a meeting close by, the obvious choice is to drive yourself. If you have other members of your team going with you, give up the driver’s seat and work while others drive. You can return phone calls, check emails, etc. Uber may be another mode of transportation if you’re going by yourself and are up against a tight deadline.
However, if you are required to travel to a different city, it is often tempting to drive. Something to consider is the value of the time that you spend traveling. If you are going to be traveling in the car for several hours, could you have flown? While that does cost more money it allows you work time while you travel. Also don’t neglect travel methods such as trains, taxi’s, busses etc.
Choose the right accommodations. No matter what city you go to, there are plenty of places to stay. Be sure that you choose somewhere that is not only cost efficient but also fits all of you needs. Things such as conference rooms, business centers, room sizes, location, and internet availability are all things to take into account. Cheaper is not always better.
Have a work agenda and stay connected. Be focused on why you took the trip, but also follow meetings and respond to emails and calls. The agenda is also extremely important. It helps to keep you moving and get everything done that you traveled there to accomplish. If there are new connections you’re trying to make – tell them you’re in town, or call before you leave to set your appointments. Remember you are only there for a limited amount of time so make the most out of it.
Travel Light. The more that you take, the more you have to keep track of. If you are out of town for multiple days, use coordinating outfits that can be interchanged. Only take the files you need and if you have all your documents stored in the cloud, it may eliminate the need to pack extra paperwork. Packing light also gives you the ability to be more mobile.
Planning smart as you travel can help you to be more efficient and productive. Look at all of your travel options and remember that cheaper is not always better. Establish your agenda. Keep yourself organized and have a set schedule and maintain your receipts for a business expense write off. Here’s to your next successful business trip!