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How small businesses can prepare for Christmas


The holiday season is here, and for most small businesses, this is the most important time of the year since it is typically the most profitable.


In light of this, the following tips can help your small business prepare for the next Christmas shopping season!

 

1. Define your holiday operating hours

Always notify your staff and consumers about your holiday operating hours so they can arrange their shopping trips accordingly.


2. Decorate your storefront

Use this opportunity, if you haven't already, to adorn your storefront with festive window decorations, banners, and stickers. Play seasonal tunes inside to get your customers into the Christmas spirit, and don't forget to add extra holiday decor inside with warm lighting and a Christmas tree.


3. Update your website and social media presence

Your online presence is equally as crucial as your physical location. If you have a website, make sure to adorn it as well.


If you are present on social media, it's also a good idea to schedule festive-related posts. Use these platforms to communicate with customers in the digital sphere. You can begin a countdown to Christmas and post lots of imagery to share the Christmas cheer with your consumers whilst promoting your products at the same time.


4. Check your inventory

To ensure that your consumers receive the goods and services they desire while visiting your business, it is imperative that you order and organise your peak-season inventory as soon as possible.


5. Monitor cashflow

Make sure you have enough funds for Christmas and prepare money for difficulties periods during this season. Consider what you need and plan your financial flow accordingly.


Using accounting software can help you gain a basic grasp of the structure of your usual cash flow cycle.


6. Staffing

If your firm is open throughout the holidays, you may require additional temp workers, especially if regular employees choose to take Christmas and New Year's vacation.


Plan your employment needs ahead of time and ensure that your seasonal employees are fully trained and prepared for the busy season.


How can PSP help?

For many SME businesses, the upcoming holiday season can be both exciting and frustrating. It can be a period when businesses can turn a healthy profit or one in which it may be extremely difficult to generate any sales at all.


While you concentrate entirely on expanding your business, our PSP team will work with you to identify areas of spending and make sure we can offer crucial support in the areas of energy, telecoms, merchant fees, water, insurance, and more.


For more information on our services, visit www.placesupportpartnership.com. If you would like to speak to one of our team members, you can email us at info@placesupportpartnership.com or call us on 03330 156 289.


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