Four Suggestions for Planning a Successful Business Trip

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Planning a business trip doesn’t have to be a stressful task. You’ve already got enough on your plate; mostly the business that you’ll be doing once you arrive to your destination. Instead of leaving and hoping that everything will fall into place on your business trip, make preparations and ensure that your trip will develop smoothly before you ever leave your home.

Reserve Your Hotel Before You Leave

Many businesspeople make the mistake of trying to scope out a hotel once they land or arrive at their destination. While this not always goes off without a hitch, it can create problems for you if that one time occurs when all the hotels in the area are booked. If you are planning on attending a special event with a client, try to find a hotel near that event for convenience. For example, if you’re planning to attend an Oklahoma City Thunder game on your next visit to OKC, be sure to go online to search through hotels near Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Backup and Print Out Work Documents

Even if you’ve already arranged all of your materials for your business on a flash drive, print them out as an extra backup just in case of an emergency. You could lose the flash drive in transit or the data could become correct. For extra security, you could also upload your documents to the cloud for easy access while on the go. Be prepared for things to go wrong, and you will have peace of mind, if nothing else during your business trip.

Think About Every Aspect of Your Trip and Pack Accordingly

You may think that you’ve remembered everything you’ll need while away on your trip, but it can be easy for important details to slip your mind. Are you going to be attending a formal dinner that requires a particular type of attire? Are you bringing something that might cause trouble with security customs at the airport? Think ahead so that you aren’t caught up in trouble when you need to hurry the most.

Arrive Early on Your Business Trip

Lastly, allow yourself time to relax and get acquainted with the area before it’s time to work. For example, you don’t want to fly in to your destination with only twenty minutes to spare for a big meeting. Instead, schedule your flight a bit ahead of time so that you have time to travel to your hotel, drop your things off, and organize your material for business. This way, you leave a margin for error open if anything troublesome arises that throws your schedule off.

An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure when the unknown is ahead of you. Avoid problems on your business trip by making sure they don’t happen in the first place!

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Marlena StoddardMarlena Stoddard writes on small business and entrepreneurship. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children.  When she isn’t spending time with her family or writing, Marlena enjoys running and reading. For more on Marlena, you can follow her onGoogle+.

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