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Tips for Saving Money on Business Travel with Remote Communication

Jessica WeissJessica Weiss

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Business Travel Costs Skyrocket: What You Can Do About It

Did you know that when you send a colleague on a business trip to San Francisco, it will cost you an average of $547 per day?

What about Boston? $502.

New York: $523.

That’s a lot of money, especially if they are only taking a meeting or two. And do you have proof of the ROI of those travel expenses? Beyond pure monetary cost, what about productivity and efficiency losses?

Business travel expenses have skyrocketed in recent years, and when you add up airfare, hotel, transportation, baggage fees, meals and more – you get the same result: a highly expensive endeavor each time an employee hits the road.

Hotel costs alone increased 5.6% in 2015. The good news is that there are a number of remote communication systems to help you reduce that travel cost and commit your budget where it will make the most impact.

Conference Calling:

Web & Video Conferencing:

While these tools help you work smarter and faster, a common objection is that you don’t always feel the personal touch that travelling to meet a client or partner may help foster. And in some cases, that’s absolutely true – there’s no substitute for a face-to-face meeting in certain sensitive business or social situations.

But a large majority of these interactions can be handled over the phone or internet. This option can be particularly appealing for small businesses and solo entrepreneurs, who don’t have the time or large budget required to travel extensively to build their business.

Have you tried scaling back or supplementing business travel with remote communications? You may be surprised at the amount you can get done with conference calling & screen sharing while reserving travel for the most crucial meetings.

Jess is Vast Conference's Marketing & Communications Manager. Reach out on Twitter @jweiss44.

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