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Travel Light

Make the most of--and spend the least on--business trips.

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This story appears in the July 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Time away can be quite costly for a startup business owner, so be sure to weigh the needs and benefits of travel. Is a face-to-face meeting necessary? Are you likely to close that distant prospect? If the answer is yes, make those trips brief, infrequent and inexpensive.

If you plan the trip yourself, start with the Internet; sites like Travelocity and Expedia can help you comparison-shop for the lowest fares, make reservations and purchase tickets. Or try calling your favorite airline. Ask for the lowest fare available, then ask if you can save by connecting through the airline's hub. Can you save by using alternate airports? Staying over on a Saturday night? Flying specific days of the week? Policies and airfares differ from airline to airline, so shop competing airlines.

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