My best piece of business-travel advice
Canadian entrepreneurs share their tips for working on the road
When it comes to expert tips on travelling for business, we turned to the pros: Canadian entrepreneurs who have done their fair share of work on the road. Here are their tips for successful business travel.
Gavin Armstrong, founder, Lucky Iron Fish
“On the flight back from a business trip, I type up a summary of the trip and the required action items. Not only is this important for me to keep organized, but it is an opportunity to keep the rest of my team informed about what's going on.”
Devon Brooks, co-founder, Blo Blow Dry Bar
“I only take carry–on . . . I don’t want a lost bag holding me back from a meeting. Also keeping your wardrobe minimal . . . one accessory bag or brief case, and carry–on. Ensure outfits are complementary so one pair of pants goes a lot further.” (See more tips from Brooks on working remotely.)
Mary Chong, VP Business Development & Operations, Revelo Electric Corp.
“In major cities like Shanghai, Chicago or London, taking public transit from the airport is a more dependable means of arriving at your destination on time versus being stuck in traffic. I also like to pack my portable bike for instant wheels to go exploring.”
Debbie Fung, co-founder, Yoga Tree
"One big best practice I always bring with me before I head to the airport – because it’s part of my continuous entrepreneurial development anyway – is patience. You really can't sweat the stuff you can't control, especially nowadays with all the unpredictable events happening globally. That is a good thing to do on a business trip: practice the art of patience. It is my grounding principle.”
David Gingera, founder, CitiGrow
“Find ways to incorporate elements of your normal routine into your travel schedule. Whether I'm at home or elsewhere, I start each day with an ice-cold shower and end each day with 15 to 30 minutes of writing. I've found that keeping these two bookends of my day in place helps me maintain a sense of structure when I'm travelling, even if my schedule during the day is somewhat chaotic.”
Max Jenke, president and creative director, Endeavor Design Inc.
“The single most important item I travel with, aside from my phone, is a pair of earphones. For business travel, it’s super-important to make 1,000 miles away feel like home. Being connected through music, [TV] shows, iMessage and FaceTime do all that for me, and earphones keep it private when I’m on public transport like trains, planes and taxis.”
Kevin Kliman, co-founder, Humi HR
“Modern cloud-based services have really changed the way I work on the road. Instead of hunting down Wi-Fi for my laptop, I can do 90 percent of all my important tasks with my phone. Slack is great for communicating with the office. Box allows me to access company files securely.”
Brian Wong, founder, Kiip
“Spending as little time as possible at the airport is key, and one way is to sign up for airline loyalty programs. Loyalty members collect points for flying and can eventually obtain elite member status, putting you at the front of the line for boarding and seating.”
Eva Wong, co-founder, Borrowell
“I always carry a few portable battery chargers with me. When I'm on the road, I use my phone a lot more and I don't want to be stuck without it at the end of the day when I may need to navigate around an unfamiliar city.”
*With files from Chris Daniels and Robin Roberts