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I have always spent extensive time traveling for business over the past 15 years. Even prior to starting PK4 Media, I ran national sales teams with five U.S. offices and our parent company was based in the United Kingdom.
Since launching PK4 Media in 2009, I have spent at least one week per month on the road. In the process, I have learned every travel trick in the book to help make the trip comfortable and successful.
For many entrepreneurs, business travel can be stressful, expensive, and cause problems to the company’s bottom line if missteps are made.
Here are 7 business travel tips every entrepreneur needs to know:
Have a System for TSA Security: Do not be the passenger holding up the TSA line. I developed a system, so you never miss a flight or lose an item. Invest in TSA pre-check or Clear (for domestic), and Global Entry (for international), and always have your ID and e-ticket ready. Place your carry-on luggage onto the conveyor belt first and your laptop bag second. Put your cell phone and wallet into your jacket pocket and place that over your laptop bag. By doing this, you will be on the other side by the time your cell phone and wallet come out, so nobody can accidentally (or intentionally) pick up your sensitive materials. Keep your license or passport and paper boarding pass (if you have one) in your hand as you walk through the X-Ray machine. Once through, pull your carry-on bag off the conveyor belt with the handle extended by the time your laptop bag and jacket come out. Next, put on your jacket, throw on your bag, and start wheeling your carry-on towards your gate. In stride, you can transport your wallet and phone to their normal pockets. With this system, you never miss a beat, and will never be “that” guy in the TSA line.
Prepare Electronics for Continuous Work: From the moment you leave for the airport to the moment you arrive at your destination, it is critical that you have charged devices and Wi-Fi access, so you can work continuously. Use your phone to personal hotspot in the Uber on the way to and from the airport, or whenever there isn’t an accessible Wi-Fi network. Invest in Wi-Fi programs Boingo and GoGo to work in the airport terminal and in the plane once you are airborne. If you get unlucky and stuck on the tarmac, your phone can again be used as a personal hotspot. You can’t count on having access to electrical outlets consistently, so always keep back up battery chargers that can cover your phone, iPad, or any other accessory that you will need between access to outlets.