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How to Use Tipping to Grow Your Business


Tipping as a Business Strategy travel

Tipping is a strange practice primarily because it is common and expected in some professions and not at all in others. As adults, we are used to tipping in the normal daily activity of our business and our own lives.

But when it comes to tipping on business trips, it's best to consider tipping as a common compliment in light of your business trip and how it can be used to your advantage during the trip. To do this, think of advice as a practice and why we advise it. For the most part we do this because it is expected. If we think about how to tip at all, it is in the context where the hint is part of the server income and we want to help someone who has done a good job for us.

But one of the best justifications for tipping is nothing more than building a low-level business relationship with the server so you can expect a good service the next time you need it. On a business trip, you develop a lot of very short-term relationships. But you want the best from those who can make your trip and accommodations enjoyable and quiet.

So if there's a hotel restaurant where you're going to eat every day, you know you'll see that waiter and the staff of that restaurant again. A good advice policy can go a long way to ensuring that your service will be top notch every time you eat at this restaurant. This same principle applies to leaving a small tip to the cleaning crew who takes care of your room.

I had a stand in a good hotel where I wanted the staff to leave me more than one pack to make coffee in the coffee maker in my room every day. Sure, I could have gone out and bought my own coffee. But on a business trip, you rely on your service so you can focus on your task. So I left a note to the cleaning staff along with nice advice. Every day I had more than one coffee pack left for me. Everyone wins in this situation.

Tipping is not a skill that is difficult to master. When tipping for a meal, you can write the advice directly on your bill. Now when you ask for room service, there may be a question about whether you should give the delivery person advice to bring food. Room service often charges a fee for service already. So in theory, you do not need to tip this person. But remember that you may want good service on subsequent nights or on future stays. So passing advice to that delivery service person just to make sure they know you value good service makes sense.

When tipping taxi drivers or hotel concierge, it is convenient to fold the money in the palm of your hand and hand it over to him in the form of a handshake. If they hold the door on your behalf, they will look down to see that you are giving advice when your hand moves. This moment of contact is important so that they look at you and know that you are aware of their good service and remember you for future reference.

The amount of advice is quite standard. 15% is standard advice for most meals or for driving taxis. $1 per bag is the standard for a concierge or bellhop that helps you with your bags. Now if you only have one bag, it might be a good idea to bump into that a bit. Never hint with change, always with folded bills.

Preparing for tipping while traveling is part of your preparations. You should confirm that you have a lot of small category bills even before you leave for the airport, as it is common for you to need to tip shuttle drivers and waiters at the airport or even the flight attendant on board if you buy a drink from her (or from him). As your business journey progresses, keep an eye on your cash levels until you have plenty of spare cash to get an extra tip. Business travel is a very intense experience and you should be prepared so that you don't find yourself embarrassed and unable to reward those who make your trip more enjoyable along the way.