Business Travel: 3 Tips for Less Stress

by Leo Pound on March 2, 2015

Pound Consulting | Leo Pound | Business TravelDo you ever have one of those weeks or months that keep you spinning? My schedule lately has taken me all over the East Coast, as my business travel plans change almost daily. That is due in part to the wintery weather we have had in the Philadelphia and New York areas. Anyone else tired of snow and cold?

Business travel certainly requires flexibility and patience. More than once this winter I have been rerouted, cancelled, rescheduled or delayed. Of course this impacts meetings, phone calls and client plans. Thankfully, with wifi, I am usually able to maintain some normalcy to my routine even if travel is questionable. Here are three things I have figured out that have helped reduce the stress of business travel.

TSA Precheck

Going through this process has made my life considerable easier on travel days. Instead of waiting in the long TSA security lines each time I travel, I am now prescreened and go into the shorter line. I typically walk through within minutes. An added bonus to TSA Precheck is that I no longer have to remove my shoes, belt or light jacket. And I no longer have to fumble with my laptop on the conveyor belt.

TSA describes Precheck as, “TSA Pre✓® is one of several intelligence-driven, risk-based initiatives helping TSA move away from a one-size-fits-all model to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way. The use of risk-based initiatives will allow TSA to maintain its high security standards and improve the passenger experience while ensuring as many travelers as possible experience the benefit of expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓® lanes.”

Want to learn more about Precheck and how to apply? Click here.

American Express Travel

As they say, membership has it’s privileges. Here are three perks of having an American Express Platinum card that help with business travel;

  1. Airport Lounge Access Program. As stated on their website, “The Business Platinum Card comes with complimentary airport lounge access to The CenturionSMLounges, Delta Sky Clubs®, and Airspace Lounges and you can enroll in Priority PassTM Select at no additional cost. These programs provide you access to over 600 domestic and international airport lounges.”
  2. Business Platinum Travel Services. Access a travel specialist 24/7 for assistance.
  3. Hotel Perks. These vary, but can include; early check-in, free room upgrade (when available), daily breakfast and hotel credits.

QuickBooks

I am famous for losing receipts and asking my wife to look through statements and my bags to find them. My newest way to stay organized and help with business travel is to use QuickBooks. Once I have a receipt, whether it’s for a cab ride, dinner or hotel, all I have to do it take a photo using my iPhone and add it to my expenses.

When I create a client invoice, I can pull all of the receipts into the invoice and send them electronically.

I’ve also learned a few other tricks to help manage from day-to-day. When I leave the Philadelphia area I have a pair of snow boots in my trunk and a winter coat. There’s no need to take them back and forth to Florida, so they are there when I get back. Granted they are a bit cold – but it’s better than packing them. I have also learned to pack light enough that I only need a carry on bag and my laptop case. This saves so much time – no more waiting at baggage claim.

What advice can you offer for business travel? Do you use any great apps? Share them in the comments below.

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Leo Pound

As Pound Consulting Inc.’s founder and principal, Leo Pound is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as building partnerships, maintaining relationships and providing value to all clients. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Leo has spent most of his career helping companies around the world.  He has worked with many multi-national companies – including ones based or operating in China, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Japan and more. He has in- depth knowledge of operational and strategic planning, M&A, forecasting and budgeting and cost containment. Leo is a hands-on professional who is sensitive to the pressures and challenges facing a troubled or rapidly growing company and their management team.

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Chris Colacci March 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Hi Leo,
TSA pre check is great.Also mention the Global Entry
program.That saves a lot of time at Customs when coming back
into the Country.It’s well worth the investment.

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