With just a few days ‘til Christmas, everyone is rushing to do their shopping for their friends and loved ones. But amid the festivities, things can also get pretty stressful for many entrepreneurs.
From managing inventory to managing stores, the holiday season often means a hectic schedule for entrepreneurs. Running a business sometimes means missing out on festive occasions just to make sure that things run smoothly.
But entrepreneurs should also learn how to balance personal life with business. They should also remember how to be moms and dads during this season. Remember that kids feel complete when both parents are at home celebrating the festivities together.
A business should never cause married couples to fall out or be estranged from their children.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR SANITY DURING THE HOLIDAYS
It is impossible to ignore your business even for a day during the holidays. But you don’t have to stress yourself out either. Here are a few tips to make your holidays as pleasurable as possible.
1. Prepare all the things that you need to sell for the holiday season as early as you can. Ensure that all stocks are within the quality standards of the company.
2. Hire additional staff to help you man the store as customers will be flocking in almost every day even after Christmas. Lay out three shifts a day to ease the load on your employees instead of asking them to work longer hours. Tired staff are not as productive.
3. Take time off to rest and be with your family despite your busy schedule.
4. Consider letting your employees take time off during Christmas Day. Although a lot of people will be hitting the malls on Christmas Day and this means additional sales, but it also means your employees will not be with their loved ones on Christmas.
5. Schedule your social media posts. Your social media presence should not suffer during the holidays. Schedule your posts until you can come back to work. This way, you can still keep in touch with your customers and encourage more people to check out your store.
6. Let your customers know your operating hours during the holidays so they know when they can visit your store. Don’t forget to let them know the days that you are closed.
7. Send out newsletters. This is a great way to let customers know what they can expect from your store this season.
8. Have your Christmas party at your office instead of renting a place to celebrate it. This lessens the cost, as well as gives your employees more time to enjoy. Ideally, make it during lunch break and keep it internal. Then just give the rest of the day off.
9. Be thankful for the year that has been. Remember to share your blessings to the less fortunate and to give thanks to the people who have helped you. Your business would not have lasted this far without your employees. Give your employees a bonus. Prepare a little something for your loyal customers.
There is a little child in you that longs for Christmas. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed during the Christmas season. All you need to do is be organized and know your priorities.
The season is the busiest time of the year and that is something that every entrepreneur should be happy and thankful for. But more importantly, you should thank the Lord who has blessed you with what you have.
For more information, you may contact Armando "Butz" Bartolome by email: [email protected]
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