Prepping Your Business for a Festive Break

Many small or home business owners are currently wondering if they can afford to take a festive break. You might wonder how your business will cope, if you’d lose customers or money, or how you’d pick up again if you took some time off. 

Many small business owners hardly ever take time off. They work at least some of every day, never stepping away for entire days, never mind taking holidays. But, Christmas is different. It’s the perfect excuse to take some time away, most people will expect you to anyway, your clients, suppliers, and customers will be at home with their families, and you could return feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running in the New Year. So, here’s a look at some things that you can do now to prepare your business for that festive break.

 

Set a Cut Off Date and Stick to It

 

You might have already decided on your finish date. But, are you going to be able to stick to it? If you are particularly busy at the moment, you might be worried that you won’t finish in time and already considering working for longer. Stop. You can stick to your cut off date. You might need to use a same day courier to get things out or leave some work until after the holidays, but it is possible. 

Start Running Things Down Now

If you want to take time off, you might be starting to run things down now, even while you are much busier than usual. Start thinking about rejecting orders and saying no to work. Consider running stock down, or reducing your orders ready for your break. 

Let Everyone Know

If you’ve got a date in mind, you need to let everyone know about it as soon as you can. Post a message on your website, and social media feeds and send an email out to your subscribers. Make sure everyone knows the dates that your business will be closed, and even times, if they will be different over the holidays so your business won’t suffer. 

Reward Your Staff

If you employ staff, chances are they are currently working very hard and looking forward to a break. Remember, they’ll have things to do at home too, and they are likely to be just as tired as you are. So, reward them. Plan a staff night out, or a festive lunch to congratulate everyone and wish them a merry Christmas. 

Make Big Plans for the New Year

If you are taking a break, you’ll want to think about coming back in the New Year. Are you planning a sale? Or any kind of special service, or will things just return to normal? Have a clear plan in mind so that you are ready for action in the New Year. 

Consider Outsourcing

If you are worried about taking time away from your business, consider outsourcing work. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, so you might want to outsource answering the phones, replying to emails, or other communications to an external company, so that your customers still have a point of contact if they need one. 

You might also want to schedule some festive social media posts and website updates, to wish your customers, clients, and followers a happy Christmas at the right time. 

 

 

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