Welcome guest blogger, Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner of Ardent Partners and Publisher of CPO Rising:
When I last posted on this blog, I was an executive in a division of a large publicly traded company. Roughly one month later, I am the owner of a new small business. As I approach the close of my first month on my own, I decided it was high-time to follow through on my promise to sign up for a Concur Breeze subscription and begin to share my experiences.
This first month has been exciting and daunting; fortunately I have also been busy. Business travel has already taken me to Europe where I found myself grounded in Italy by the volcanic ash clouds of Eyjafjallajökull (has a nice ring, don’t you think?). I wrote an article about the entire experience and the increasing importance of travel mobility over at CPO Rising, found here, if you are interested. Now five extra days at a grand hotel on Lake Maggiore could have been worse, but the travel extension also dramatically increased my expense outlay for the month.
Which brings me to the main point of today’s post which is: I wish I had signed up for Breeze at the start of last month – my unreimbursed travel expenses are already piling up.
For my situation, I’m less concerned about the float and speed of reimbursement (at least, as I write this today) but more so about being properly reimbursed for the entirety of my expenses. For those of you that travel in Europe, the challenges of managing different expenses on different cards (all cards are not taken everywhere) in a different currency, not to mention dealing with receipts that offer no detail and are generally no larger than 3 or 4 stamps, are no small undertaking.
I am going to register for Concur Breeze today.
Andrew Bartolini is Managing Partner of Ardent Partners and Publisher of CPO Rising.