Top Ways to Prepare Your Small Business For the Holidays
Whether this is the first holiday season that your small business has been open or you’re a seasoned pro, the holiday season can be a stressful time. There’s no better way to deal with this added chaos than being overly prepared in every aspect of your business.
From staying on schedule, ordering enough supplies, and decorating your store to communicating with your customers – we’ve gathered the top ways to prepare your small business for the holidays.
1. Stay on Schedule
It’s essential to plan ahead for the days your business may be closed in observance of holidays or for a winter vacation. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to let your customers know by putting up a sign or posting to social media, and then be sure to stick to your schedule. You wouldn’t want to add another day of vacation without informing your customers.
It’s also essential to speak with your employees about their time off requests. All staff should request time off by a specific date to ensure that enough staff will be available when needed.
2. Order Enough Stock (& Get Extra!)
The holidays call for lots of shopping for ourselves and others. Be sure to keep all of your inventory stocked and even order extra in preparation for additional sales. You never know what will be the hot ticket item in your shop this season!
Another thing to think about is wrapping supplies. Will your small business be gift wrapping for your customers? If so, you’ll want to be sure that you’re stocked with enough wrapping paper, tape, bows, and more.
One of the best parts of holiday shopping is looking at all of the store decorations. From the lights to the garland to the music, everything is set to put customers in the holiday (and shopping) mood. With that said, be sure to decorate your small business accordingly. Customers will be more likely to pop in if your store is bright, cheery, and inviting.
4. Keep Your Customers Up to Date With Social Media
As we mentioned before, be sure to keep your customers up to date with all store closing information. The best and easiest way to do this is through social media. Create a post with your holiday hours, and pin it to the top of your page so that it’s easy to find.
Another way to use social media to your advantage is for the advertisement of holiday specials, deals, and promotions. Are you running Black Friday deals or offering limited edition holiday items? Send out a post to let potential customers know!
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