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Top 5 Tips for You to Get Business Ready in Christmas
Christmas is coming, people will usher in a good holiday, of course, for businessmen, this is a very good business opportunity.
So, here eGTCP prepares top 5 tips for you to get business ready in Christmas.
1. Get prepared
This step may seem like a no-brainer. But it’s easy to let time slip away - suddenly it’s mid-December and you haven’t prepared.
For some small business, Christmas can be the busiest time of the year, while others may find that things have quieten down in the run up to the new year. Whichever it is for yours, you need to plan accordingly - especially when it comes to finances.
If you know money is going to be tight over the coming months, make sure you put off any non-essential spending until things start picking up again. Remember you’ll need to pay your tax return at the end of January, if you haven’t already, so keep money back for that.
On the other hand, if you’re expecting Christmas to be one of your busiest periods, you’ll need to make sure you have the resources to meet demand - whether that’s time, staff members, products or anything else.
2. Think about your Christmas marketing
Whether Christmas proves busier or quieter than usual, some well thought out marketing can help give your business a boost - and help you plan around when you’re most likely to have clients or customers.
Christmas provides plenty of opportunities for themed marketing events, no matter what kind of business you run. Pick something that works for you and your target audience to make the most of the festive season.
3. Plan staffing
Inevitably, people wish to take time off over Christmas. Whether you include a number of employees or work entirely on your own, you need to plan around holiday time.
One solution is to simply close over Christmas. If you’re not going to be particularly busy then shutting up shop for a few days might be the easiest way of doing anything.
Alternatively, you could take on temporary staff while your permanent ones are away. This does, however, come with the additional cost of both their salary and training, but if you’re going to lose more money by closing then this might be the better option for you.
It’s also worth remembering that you’re legally required to take out employers’ liability insurance if you take on the staff - even if they’re only temporary.
Whatever you decide, make sure you communicate with your clients well in advance - that way they won’t be annoyed when they find they can’t get hold of you around Christmas.
4. Be vigilant
The run up to Christmas is a notoriously bad time of year for thefts. In 2016, tradesmen were the most likely to have their tools stolen in the autumn and winter months, but thieves can target anyone.
Whether you work at a computer or have a spare room full of stock, you need to be particularly careful at this time of year. Keep your valuables locked away, when possible, and keep your eye on them when not.
Want to know more? Take a look at our tips for keeping your business safe over the Christmas period.
5. Check your insurance
Finally, before you start your Christmas trading, it’s worth checking your insurance.
By selling more or taking on more customers, it may mean that your insurance needs updating to reflect your new circumstances, so make sure you take a look over your policy wording.
Winter isn’t known for its pleasant weather, with storms and floods becoming more probable the deeper into winter we get.
From laptops to tools to stock, weather damage can make it impossible for you to keep trading, so if these items aren’t yet covered, consider adding them to your policy.
Contents and equipment cover can also pay out in the case of theft, but be sure to check when buying your policy that everything you want protected is on your policy.
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