Preparing your business for Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Where we are juggling everything we usually do in day to day life, alongside extra events, shopping for the world and his wife, baking and cooking all the yummy food we will soon regret eating when our clothes no longer fit in January… but isn’t it amazing!!

Anyone who knows me, will know how ‘in to’ Christmas I am. My decorations go up earlier each year, which consists of ALL the tat I can find, I have a permanent supply of mince pies in my house throughout December (there are so many variations these days!) and quite frankly it’s a stress I actually enjoy!

With so many different aspects to take care of throughout this busy period though, it’s important to keep up momentum for the business you’ve worked so hard on all year.

Plan your dates

First thing's first, sit down and organise your dates. When do your children break up from school? When do you need to take any teacher gifts in? When do you have outings & events booked in? Once you've established this, set your closure dates for Christmas. It may be that your work will stop, but you could still be contactable on some days.

Juggling the variables

It's highly likely that no 2 days will be the same over the next few weeks... what is going to affect your working day? Such as, kids and partner being at home, your suppliers closing dates, work out other factors which will change the way in which you need to work. If you need to hire Grandma for some childcare then get this booked in sooner rather than later! It may be that you need to be flexible with your work hours, remember Summer lockdown when you're work hours consisted of when the children slept??

Contact your customers

Keep your clients and followers up to date with your plans of when you'll be less active and contactable over the festive period. You could send a simple email, create a newsletter or just a social media post (don't forget you can pin a post on Facebook so it remains at the top of your wall).

Preparing for closure

Remember to set up the practicalities of your closure. Set your 'out of office' on your emails, forward any calls and schedule any newsletters & social media posts. Although most businesses wind down late December, your customers will still be flicking through their social medias (even on Christmas Day!) so make sure you plan and create your content in good time. We recommend a number of apps and websites to help you with this if you're struggling.

Need extra support?

If you need extra support for your business over Christmas, then look no further! 

A Virtual Assistant can take the pressure off your admin needs, leaving you free to focus on building your business or even taking a well deserved break!

I’d be happy to help with any of the above or other requirements you have, just contact us to arrange a free consultation call.

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