The holiday season is a busy time of year. It can also be extremely lucrative for small business owners who can keep their eye on the prize. There’s no question that last minute orders and requests from your customers, your business needs, planning for 2017, and your personal commitments this time of year, make December an especially hectic month.
To help you keep focused and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together some great tips for how to manage the busy holiday season:
1. Be realistic with what you can expect to accomplish: With so much going on, it’s difficult to get everything done. Things won’t always go according to plan, and you will likely find yourself with less time than you anticipated. So, be realistic with your business goals this month.
2. Motivate your team: A highly motivated and engaged team this time of year will take some of the pressure off you. Remember that you can’t do it all on your own, that is, unless you are a sole proprietor. If you hire extra help for the holidays, spend the time to train them properly – this will reduce the amount of errors and assistance they need.
3. Prioritize everything: Know what is important and what can take a back seat until after the holidays. Ask yourself, “Do I really need to do this today?” When you actually take the time to think about it, there are probably a number of tasks that you can put off without issue.
4. Take a step back: Sometimes, the best thing you can do is take a step back and relax. The holidays can be all consuming, and you need to get away from it from time to time to reset. Take a walk, take a mental break and pace yourself, or you could burn out.
5. Ask for help: This can be tough for small business owners. Many of us have a DIY attitude toward everything, but there is a time and a place to ask for help, especially if it can free up some time for you over the holidays.
6. Don’t forget to schedule personal time: You’re probably great at scheduling business tasks, but this time of year, you likely have just as many personal commitments. Schedule your family outings, time for shopping and other holiday events so that they don’t creep up on you last minute.
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