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Business traveling, even with all of its hustle, bustle, and flat hotel pillows, does have one perk: your company pays for it. Whether they reimburse you for cars from rental agencies or for the miles you put on your own vehicle, one thing stands between you and your financial compensation: tangible proof of what you've spent. Keeping financial records of business trips may seem - on the surface - quite simple. However, when more pressing matters get in the way - late plane departures, important business meetings, getting lost in a new city - it's rather easy to lose track of what you are spending. Adhering to some of the following tips of advice can help you to keep track of all your expenses and allow you to stick it to "the man," one mile at a time. Put your Receipts somewhere safe: Receipts on business trips are as important as money: they are evidence that you've spent what you say you've spent. Unfortunately, they are sometimes easy to lose. When you are in a rush, stuffing receipts in the pocket of your jacket and accidentally throwing them away later, or placing them on the passenger seat of your car just to watch them fly out an open window, are common occurrences. Instead, have a designated area in your wallet or your car where you put every receipt immediately after it's given to you, giving yourself no time to lose it in the process. Use Technology: Technology makes our lives more convenient and convenience is one thing we can always use, especially on the road. Some companies, such as TravelEyes2, know all about this and have recently come out with a new form of technology that uses a GPS receiver to track where you've been and what stops you've made. When your trip is finished, this device prints out a report from the data it has stored. It can also be hooked up to a lap top for easy navigating. It's perfect for the businessperson who questions their employees' travel reports. Organize your Expenses: Chances are companies won't reimburse you for everything you purchase on a business trip: they might pay for your lunch, but they probably won't pay for the three foot teddy bear you bought your daughter. For this reason, it's not only important to submit relevant receipts to your company, but it's also essential to submit them in a legible, organized manner. Before turning them in for reimbursement, organize them in a manner where the accounting department at your company can cut you a check in a timely manner. Keeping travel expenses organized is essential for the businessman and women. It might seem easy but once you realize that that trapper keeper from your childhood is too marked up with Heavy Metal Band stickers to serve as adequate storage and that your Daytimer is so 1990's, you will have to look for another way to keep organized. Taking some time to do this, however, can mean the difference between being compensated or infuriated.

Jennifer Jordan is a senior editor for []. A professional business traveler, she aims to make business trips feel less like work. She also has a healthy collection of hotel shampoos….and a shower cap or two.

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