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How This Woodland Is Telling You That You Need Travel Expense Management Software

Woodland in autumn. A peaceful afternoon. Sun finds its way through the canopy onto the floor. One glance tells you everything there is to know.

Except that it doesn’t. All you’re getting from a single glance at our picture is an impression. Sure, you can tell it’s a picture of trees, but how many are there? What species? How old? How many to the hectare? Are they healthy?

See? With every question I ask about this simple picture, you realise you know a little bit less than you thought. In the end, you’re down to the first three words in this post. It’s woodland in autumn.

And so it is with travel expenses. You know they exist because you keep authorising business travel. You may even know what you spent last year, or for the year to date. But is your business getting good value for that spend?

Interrogate the data

The only way to answer that with anything like confidence is to interrogate the data and tease out the information that’s lurking in there. That sounds like a complex exercise, and no doubt it is – if you’re starting from scratch with a pile of receipts and expense claims with the travel data rolled up inside everything else.

And that’s why the dashboard system of oversight built into so much modern software is so valuable. The clever developers behind the software powering your favourite app have set it up to do the hard work for you, and to tell you instantly where there are peaks and troughs in whatever system it is that’s being monitored. If it’s staff absence, you may find that there are lots of people who don’t make it on Monday morning for example.

And if it’s travel, you may find that three employees who went on the sales trip to the major client travelled together but have all claimed mileage as if they went alone. Sadly, it happens. Even if it doesn’t in your business, you may find better ways of accomplishing the task, like getting it done without spending quite so much on travel. For example, is the cheaper flight from a different airport actually cheaper in real terms, once you’ve factored in the mileage for getting to the airport and the overnight hotel stay because of awkward flight times? And how much time does your business waste on travel in the first place? What’s the hourly cost of employing whoever is going on the business trip in the overpriced scenario I’ve just outlined? Could their time be better spent? In short, is there a better way? Travel and expense management software will help you to find out.

Claim and pay more accurately

Good travel and expense management software sets down the rules, and makes it easier and faster for employees to claim in an accurate and timely manner, which makes approving expenses simpler and faster too, leaving you more time to get on with generating revenue – and isn’t that what you’re in business for?

By adopting the use of travel and expense management software you’re making the best use of available tools, empowering you to be more effective by interrogating data automatically, turning up gems of information from the impenetrable mass before you.

As my father was always prone to say: “You can’t see the wood for the trees.” I guess what he meant was that there was so much detail it was impossible to get a clear view of what really mattered in the scene.

Have another look at our picture. Thinking about what I’ve said, doesn’t it look a little different now? And are you going to find – and use – some travel and expense management software?

Serviced Apartments Can Take the Strain Out of Business Travel

The way that many professional people conduct their working day has changed over the past decade. Many businesses require employees to be less office based and require them to travel great distances to see clients and spend time away from home as part of their jobs. To many the thought of spending anything from one night to several weeks away from home in a hotel room can be unappealing particularly if the budget does not allow for a more luxurious booking. An alternative, which has experienced an increase in demand, is the serviced apartment industry.

City centres are regularly frequented by the business traveller visiting a wide range of companies and corporates. Serviced apartments located in both city central and residential locations, offer many additional features that hotels of equal standards offer and often for less cost. What could be better than a home away from home just when you need it the most?

Benefits of Serviced Apartments

The cost of staying in an business stay apartment is often less than a hotel, one reason of which is based on the fact that there isn’t a reception desk as all bookings are done through an office that manages a number of apartments. But, despite this most reputable serviced apartment companies have security systems to ensure that safety and security is paramount for all their guests. This could be via secure video entry systems, a twenty-four-hour concierge service as well as site wide CCTV to ensure that guests have total peace of mind for the duration of their stay and can feel relaxed knowing that their possessions are safe.

By choosing serviced apartments you can remain close to all of the amenities that you need such as the railways station and restaurants. Apartments are generally stylish and of an open plan design, with a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, which offers much more than just the standard tea and coffee making facilities found in many hotels. Colleagues can share a two or three bedroom apartment together, saving the cost of having to pay for a second hotel room while sharing all of the amenities without incurring any added extras.

Consider the cost incurred when relocating staff from one part of the country to another; using serviced apartments could be the answer to a lot of relocation problems. It would mean that you would have your staff where you need them, in comfortable accommodation where they can stay until permanent accommodation is organised.

A Real Alternative

Serviced apartments do offer a viable alternative to hotel accommodation, particularly when staying for more than a couple of nights. They offer high quality accommodation with all of the convenience of a home away from home. As with hotels they range in price and therefore what they offer from luxurious accommodation through to modest, affordable apartments. They are also available from one through to three bedroomed with en-suite bathrooms for the master bedrooms, a separate bathroom for a second guest and plenty of space in the living/dining area. Business travellers have reported that they find serviced apartments to be business accommodation at its very best. Some also offer the benefit of a residents’ only gym facilities and private courtyards or balconies. They offer many features required to make a business trip as comfortable and relaxing as a short city break. Apartments offer the flexibility and freedom that is lacking in hotel accommodation, as well as much more space in which you can actually live, work and relax.

Top Tips for Successful Luxury Coach Business Trips

It’s not unusual to find a company that has hired a coach to take its employees to a seminar, conference or simple social event but who have subsequently been disappointed with the results.

Here we’ll examine some of the common causes and their solutions.

Poor turnout / response to invitation

This is a commonly expressed frustration in many organising departments.

Ignoring mechanical causes (such as poor communication of the “we weren’t told” variety or insufficient notice) this is often attributable to:

  • low morale in the company;
  • a lack of interest in the event concerned;
  • conflicting priorities (your event has been scheduled at a time which clashes with other things).

There is no easy answer to this and simply making attendance mandatory isn’t likely to be the answer. You may need to analyse the causes in more detail.

Dissatisfaction with the quality of transport

In the 21st century, professional people expect corporate transport to be modern and comfortable.

If an “old banger” of a coach arrives at the outset, then already your session is in trouble due to creating the wrong impression.

Be prepared to spend a little money here to get a comfortable limo bus.

Impacting personal lives

Today, most people expect and demand a professional / personal life balance.

So, anticipate dissatisfaction and disgruntled attendees if they’ve had to get up at 4am to make your planned departure time and/or they won’t be getting back home until the early hours of the morning.

A luxury coach might help alleviate some of this through comfort during the journey but it won’t, in itself, be the solution.

Impacting professional lives

On a similar theme to the above, asking people to get back very late to their homes, while expecting them to be back in the office at 8am and firing on all cylinders, is likely to be a recipe for ill-feeling.

Provide or arrange for refreshments

If people have been asked to get up unusually early and been on a coach for some time, then it’s really good psychology to provide (or stop for) some refreshments.

A little caffeine and a calories boost can ensure people arrive at the destination eager to get started rather than tired, jaded and looking for reasons to complain.

Railroading

Ideally, your corporate event should be so desirable by its very nature that your colleagues should be fighting for the chance to participate.

Only use “attendance is mandatory” approaches as an absolute last resort, as touched on earlier.

If you see a lack of interest and voluntary participation, something is wrong and a re-think is required. People typically don’t respond well to being forced to attend company events.

Relate to the wider world

Remember that a corporate event will be seen by many against a much broader backdrop of the wider business world you share with your colleagues.

So, expect a very negative reception for (e.g.) a company team-building exercise held at an expensive external venue, if just a few days before the company has announced major ancillary benefits cuts for employees due to the prevailing economic circumstances.

A Tripazon Travel Review

Tripazon is an exciting new Travel Company that is in its infant stages of development (a huge perk to get in now) and loaded with tons of potential for growth. Tripazon offers individuals home-based business opportunities that are focused in providing fabulously discounted vacation packages, cruises, golf excursions and even flights. Joining Tripazon allows the member the opportunity to enjoy these travel perks PLUS make passive income online just by offering discounted vacation packages, which is something that most people would want anyhow, to friends, family or other interested persons all while still enjoying the discounted travel themselves. So, with that brief overview background information lets “travel” deeper into Tripazon Travel as I give, from my perspective, advantages and disadvantages that you can get from this type of online business.

Perks:

Stability: Let’s start by looking at some history. Tripazon was built by the founders of Resorts 360 which has been in the travel business for years. Resorts 360 is a very high end travel company with a very well established track record. (You can run an Internet search and check them out as well. I am certain you will be impressed if you do so.) This means that you don’t have to worry about Tripazon being a scam, and because travel is an extremely huge industry, you can be assured that your online business will generate income for years to come. People continue to travel even in hard economic times.

Marketability: The design of the home business component of Tripazon is such that you can work during your free time from the privacy of your own home, using your own computer, with very little time invested making this a very passive income opportunity. You don’t have to be knocking on barely acquainted acquaintance’s doors trying to sell a product they really don’t want anyhow and then trying to recruit them into your sales team. Your marketing can be done over the Internet to other similarly interested parties. Tripazon even offers marketing approaches for you. But remember, you’re offering discounted vacation packages anyhow and even YOU want that! Need I say more?

Side note: A product is very marketable when you believe in the product and even want it for yourself. As I write this review I am reminded that I am 54 years old. Despite many opportunities that I have had in the past I have NEVER been a part of a network marketing business before for many reason but mainly because I have hated the framework of a barely usable product that you strong arm friends, family or anyone who would listen into purchasing and then “signing up” under you so they can strong arm their folks. This is the first time the appeal to a home business was greater than my ability to say,”no!” That’s because the product is good and the approach to sell it is sound and frankly even I, like you, want this product. The home business aspect is just added perk.

So what do I see as the draw backs to Tripazon. Well, being perfectly honest, there were a couple things I had to sort through in my own mind before I enrolled. First of all there are other discount travel sites out there many of which offer very good discounts as well. What they don’t offer, however, is the opportunity to have a passive income as you travel. Tripazon does.

Another obstacle in my thinking was the fees. So, I feel I should look at that and be very upfront about what I see there. There is a 199.00 joining fee. Not a big deal in that the discounts on one vacation would more than make that up. The problem beyond that, however, is that there is also a 59.00 per month fee on top of that. If you multiply that by 12 months in a year that starts to make your bargain vacation package price more the price of a normal vacation. In my mind, I start thinking scam and no perks. One might think that there goes all the savings right out the window and this is no deal at all. Read more…

Compensation Plan: Tripazon offers many incentives. The compensation plan is considered a “hybrid binary system”. This means you have a right leg and a left leg in your down-line. A down-line is all the people you have personally sponsored into the program and the people who join under them. You receive compensation for each of these people in all sorts of varied ways.

One of my favorite aspects is the “fast start cash”. Fast start cash is when a prospect signs up to join your team you receive fast start cash. Then each month that member is active you also make residual income. Essentially the people signed up under you pay your monthly fee and the people they sign up pay theirs and etc… on down the line. In addition to that, those prospects who sign up under you and then sign people up under them results in you making “coded bonuses.” You can also make “cycle bonus”. The cycle bonus feature is when 3 people sign up to your right leg and 3 people to your left leg then you “cycle” for a $100 bonus. This is an extremely lucrative compensation plan which negates out the 59.00 fee and truly makes the discounted travel all it is said to be and can even result in income to totally pay your vacation plus! Pretty sweet, eh?! This system is explained much better in the pre-enrollment video you will be allowed to watch online before enrolling if you are so interested.

Tripazon.com could very well be one of the best home-based businesses today. With tens of thousands of people who are purchasing discounted vacation packages from daily deal sites, you can be assured that you have a large target market where you can start your own home based business making it possible for you and your family to have “easy travel today!”

Improve Your Efficiency By Collaborating Technology With Business Operations

People now travel all over the world for personal and professional purposes. The business realm has experienced a huge change regarding meeting clients, business associates, bureaucrats etc. in the past decade. According to a research done by U.S Travel Association, direct spending on domestic and international business travels was close to $307.2 billion in the year 2016.

To create a brand name worldwide, one has to market its product on a global level. To do that, workshops, seminars, meetings are all normal and every bit of it requires a travel plan, however, more important than a fine strategy is the technology in any industry. One business can benefit tremendously if collaborating with the right technology in the right manner.

Major benefits of using technology for business transportation are:

Presence Of Mind:

One major benefit technology provides in the business realm is the presence of mind. People can completely focus on the current task without wondering what is scheduled for the next. The innovation of the Apple watch is one such great invention. Now people can keep a regular check of their mailbox, schedule, and messages whilst sitting in a meeting and not disturbing the energy of the room by checking everything over the mobile phone again and again.

Airport Journeys Become Easy:

People who are a frequent traveler will surely understand the pain of airport travels where you need to keep everything handy; from passport to boarding pass. Rather than fetching things every time in your hand band, you can easily store your flight ticket, boarding pass details in your watch and scan it as and when required at the airport security checkpoints. This surely will save you enough time which can be utilized for reading a great novel or creating a presentation in the waiting area.

Communication Luxury:

Mostly the traveler’s hands are busy in carrying luggage. In such cases, attending chauffeurs calls and understanding where is your chauffeur located, is a bit difficult task. Again, the Apple watch is a life saver here. You can attend the calls and fetch your car by just clicking on the watch. This helps you to leave the airport in style without creating a mess with your luggage while finding your smartphone in the bag.

When technology combines with the business it makes life and tasks much simpler. The usage of these technologies differs from person to person but the benefits they provide are countless.

Y2B Travel – Scam Or Legit?

People are growing more concerned about income, financial security and career choices at the moment and there are new and interesting opportunities arising all the time. With the growth of the internet we have seen many new ventures for business people and entrepreneurs to own a piece of internet marketing businesses to increase their incomes.

Online home business opportunities are everywhere on the internet and with the pyramid scheme being the basis for most of them we are seeing it grow exponentially all over the world. Being in control is important to a lot of people and being in control of your business, schedule and finances is of huge importance. Y2B Travel is an online marketing company that offers all of these factors to everyone and anyone as long as they are willing to apply and commit to the system and the business. Y2B is a multi-level, publicly traded company is an online travel business that can earn you an income through two different methods, you are able to sell travel bookings and tickets through the ready made and automated system that you receive on purchase and you will also earn money and commission from all new recruits that you can get interested in the business themselves; you will be paying commission to your ‘sponsor’ and you will also receive a percentage of all their sales from the people you sponsor and so forth.

The travel industry is currently a seven million dollar a year business and to be a part of it is exciting, interesting and financially beneficial. It has become increasingly more competitive as the online companies are selling at constantly lower prices and offering new deals and packages daily. The recruitment process is where you should concentrate in order to make a decent profit from the system as you will find it hard to gain a substantial profit from selling the tickets alone. The tier and pyramid system is a great way of gaining finances and spreading the companies name to get more clients from many different sources.

What a person will be looking for when it comes to starting up a home business is the most profit they can gain for the least start up cost. The cheapest is not necessarily the best as you could in fact just be spending this money on a sub standard system lacking in materials and support. This is where Y2B falls a bit short as, even though the start up cost is quite low, you will have to pay monthly in order to keep your access to the system open and continue making profits.

Pyxism – Way To Home Based Business

Many people don’t have any concept about the travel business and the advantages they can get from this business. It is simply US-based licensed company. It is the travel network marketing company which gives high payouts from very low-entry cost. They provide us an opportunity to have our own business where they provide us with wholesale vacation and travel packages and make us to sell that to the customers. If you are really bored with your job then it will be the best option.

This travel is one of the leading marketing with it 2X3 follow me matrix which is the latest marketing strategy. Here you can find the co-ordination of several expertise who helps you in your business. You don’t have to go any places for working because you can do this business from your house with internet. The team members will train and guide you about the procedures to be taken and you only have to implement them for your business.

The travel network is a frame formed by the combination of dedicated team members with their honesty, determination and hard work to provide opportunity with home based business to change the lifestyle of ordinary people. This travel business provides chance to explore your business ideas with little of investment and you can certainly have large payouts.

You don’t have to bother about the boss pressure and don’t have to waste time going for job you can run your business with comfort from your desired locations. The best part of this business is that there is no middleman to cut off your commission since you can have direct contact with your customer. There are timely payments for you as soon as your customer purchase travel packages you offered. Your job is just to offer them different packages provided by your travel network and interact with them properly. Once you booked for them all other arrangements is done by your network and you don’t have to think about it.

Choosing the Right Airline Travel Agency

A good and reliable airline travel agency unlocks more options and a wider range of services compared to what can be searched on the internet. Moreover, being able to converse with real people at a physical location is found to be more convenient and comforting to many flight customers. It is significant to know that in case any problems occur, there is a travel agency to help resolve the conflict.

Generally, anyone can claim to have travel agencies just by operating businesses. In the United States, it is said that the eleven states which demand business registration only call for filling out of a form and paying fees. With these, the bigger problem lies on which travel agency a customer can trust for the hassle-free experience when it comes to buying airplane tickets. This article will discuss the several factors that customers may consider in choosing the right airline travel agency.

Factors to Consider

The first factor to consider is the agency’s basic services. It is important to know about their hotline, the number of days they are open in a week, amateur or professional email addresses, as well as their internet connection. These are deciding factors so customers will know whether they can instantly reach the company after sending an e-mail or calling the company’s landline in just a minute or two.

After this, it is also recommendable to examine the size of the agency. However, bigger agencies are not necessarily better compared to the smaller ones. If the flight is intended for an individual or a family, a smaller agency might be more compatible. Conversely, if the flight being managed is for a group of a thousand people, then bigger agencies might provide better services.

Moreover, the reputation of the agency should also be noted. Being able to know what previous customers experienced with the agency and its services can build or break the trust of potential customers. Opinions of family members, relatives, co-workers, or friends who had past experiences with various agencies is a good start in choosing the right one.

The fourth factor is the agency’s speciality on a specific travel type. There are two types of travel – business and leisure. While all agencies might be willing to help, if a specific agency specializes on business travels rather than leisure travels, it is more likely that its services more corporate-focused. Customers need to keep this in mind and straightforwardly ask the agency about the primary travel type it can serve.

Lastly, the packages and promos offered by travel agencies can be a plus factor, especially to those with limited budgets. Comparing travel promos of various agencies can determine which one is the most affordable despite having the same set of services. Customers, however, should be aware that there are agencies with little or no background which are providing airfare prices which are too good to be true.

While trying to minimize costs, keep the tips and ideas stated above in mind before purchasing their airplane tickets. After deliberating, customers can then proceed to what they perceive to be the right airline travel agency for them.

Turnkey Travel Websites – Bringing Travel Agents Online

Turnkey Travel Websites are a perfect solution to those who are just starting out with an online business. These type of websites are also great for those wishing to expand their offline business into the online world. Some of the people who may benefit from a turnkey travel website include; travel agents, travel writers, tour operators and event managers. Travel writers such as adventurers and explorers will be able to write about their travel experiences and share them with the online world.

Most travel companies, both big and small, have now made the transition online. This is because they have realized how quick and easy it is to reach out to their customers all over the world. If you are not yet in the travel business but would like to get a taster, you can also purchase a turnkey travel affiliate website. This is one of the most profitable and popular ways you can get started earning money online.

Turnkey Travel Websites can help you advance your travel business in the following ways;

1) Easy to get started. Turnkey travel websites make setting yourself up online fast and easy since the website has already been created for your use. All design issues and content have already been created. Some turnkey website providers also train the buyer on how to promote the website to attract visitors.

2) Your customers can easily find you. These days, when people are looking for information about a company their first port of call is to look online. If you don’t have your own website about you and your business then you may lose out on a lot of customers.

3) Available 24/7. The other benefit of doing business online using a turnkey websites is that you are not limited to store opening times. Your customers will be able to find you 24/7. Easy access of your information leads to high customer satisfaction. These satisfied customers spread the information to friends and families, who then turn up as new customers to your business, thereby raising revenue and customer base.

4) Reduced overhead costs. Another advantage to purchasing a travel turnkey website are the reduced overhead costs, as doing businesses online is cheaper. Some of the things you will save money on is premises and staffing. Online businesses use economical advertising channels i.e. Social media and e-mail marketing. It also saves expenses relating to premises since running an online business does not require any physical space.

Travel Expert Reviews Resorts 360 Vacation Club Scam Complaints

Another multi-level marketing (MLM) program has launched. It’s called the Resorts 360 Vacation club and bloggers were quick to label it a possible scam. Resorts 360 launches on the heals of major troubles at another travel MLM called YTB Travel, when California Attorney General Edmund Brown sued them for “operating a giant pyramid scheme”.

Travel and tourism generates over $7 trillion a year. It’s not surprising that entrepreneurs working from home want to tap into those profits. Some of the programs have been all-out scams. They’ve charged people thousands of dollars and delivered little or nothing when the actual value of the so-called products was analyzed. Not all home based travel business opportunities are scams, some actually offer retail products with real value in the travel marketplace.

Now that Resorts 360 has launched, many are asking if the program is another MLM scam or a real business. That’s a fair question.

Without a doubt, there are some problems with the Resorts 360 Vacation club, but is it a scam? While the MLM company does deliver an actual product, the Vacation Club membership they sell falls short when compared to the memberships provided by competitors in the home based business arena. The Resorts 360 program offers access to fewer resorts and members pay more money for week-long condo vacations than with their competitors. It doesn’t make it a scam, but it does put those hoping to make money marketing Resorts 360 at a disadvantage.

Resorts 360 members get access to about 4000 resorts while one competitor says they have over 5000 and another advertises well over 5400 resorts. Members of the Resorts 360 Vacation Club are offered condo vacation weeks starting at $399. That’s about $100 more than one competitor and $250 more than another. A member taking just two vacation weeks per year can spend an additional $500 a year with the new MLM vacation club. Over a ten year period, that’s $5000 more.

With fewer choices and more expensive vacation weeks, you might think Resorts 360 could, at least, claim a price advantage in the marketplace, but that’s not the case. While their competitors sell memberships with lifetime benefits (100 years}, the longest membership available through Resorts 360 is just one year.

Over a ten year period, vacation club benefits with Resorts 360 would cost $2639 if they are renewed each year at the current price and a whopping $5616 if paid at the current monthly rate. Lifetime memberships with their competition cost $2995 and $1998. That means that for $641 less, consumers can have access to over 1400 more resorts, save $250 each on their lower condo vacation prices, and still have another 90 years of membership benefits to enjoy or sell and transfer to someone else.

Providing an inferior product and charging higher prices does not make the Resorts 360 Vacation Club a scam. Just like with any other purchase, the buyer must beware and compare their options.

While product is product, many people simply buy whatever the product is to get started with a home based travel business and hope to start making money from home. The question is, can those hopeful internet millionaires actually make money with Resorts 360?

Those looking to make money from home should not pay much attention to Resorts 360. Marketing experts say the disadvantages they face with their product will all but eliminate attracting their target retail market of travelers. Their higher prices will definitely not win over those who take the time to shop around. Maximum commissions earned are just $200 compared with both competitors who pay $1000.

Resorts 360 promises residual income as memberships are renewed and payments come in for the monthly programs. That seems very unlikely, however. With other MLM programs that require people to renew, over 95% of the members drop out and don’t renew. That’s because those people joined only to make money and when they don’t see profits, they move on.

As you can imagine, it could be very difficult to actually turn a profit with Resorts 360. It costs about the same marketing money to earn $200 profits as it does to get the $1000 profits. Some sales will be made, but how many marketing dollars will be spent to earn the low commissions? If it costs a member more than $40 to get someone to buy, that could put that member in the red and they can’t plan on making that up on renewals or MLM passive commissions either. A new member will probably have to sign up over 100 people, just to get about five who actively work the business and make some profit.

While Resorts 360 is not an all-out scam, it is obvious that they have painted a much rosier picture than MLM history would suggest. Those looking for a quality vacation club membership will find more benefits and more robust memberships else ware. Those looking for a home based business will also find better options with better vacation clubs and larger commissions. One competitor accepts credit cards for their lifetime membership and even offers payment plans with just $198 to start.