Your Business Christmas To-Do List

The build-up to the festive season can be the busiest time of year for small businesses, from year-end financials to performance and client reviews.

We often feel stressed by the endless work deadlines never mind the personal to-do list. I hope the following list of reminders and helpful hints will make the build-up to the festival season a little less stressful.

Season Greeting Cards

Sending cards at this time of year, both personal and business, remind people you are thinking of them as well as thanking them for their business through-out the year. This can however be time consuming, costly in addition to the negative environmental factors. Sites such as Eco2greetings an Eco-friendly site, gives money to plant 10 trees for every order you make.

Client Gifts

Giving a client a gift lets your clients know that their business is important to you and helps cement your business relationships. It can be hard to find the right gift for your client. It is suggested to put a threshold in place no more than £50 on your gift. If you haven’t already done so, this is the time to put together your client list, order in bulk and start planning your distribution.

Social Media Planning

Many businesses close over the festive period, a time to be spent with family and friends. As the start of a new year brings new challenges and goals, you probably would prefer to spend your time planning and focussing on starting the year with a fresh focus.

Why not keep your social presence active 24/7 by automatically scheduling social media posts at once, across your social media accounts. Save time by scheduling your social posts throughout December and into January, now. There are many platforms, that can help you achieve this.

Office Party

As a PA I know how difficult it can be to find the right venue, keep an eye on costs and set a date that is suitable to all. If you haven’t already done so, get researching, call around and plan now.

Holiday cover

Do you know when your staff are in and out of the office this festive season? Do you have a holiday cover planner that everyone can see and use? Timetastic is a simple and useful planner that can help you and your staff keep track. Don’t forget to also put on your out of office and cover details.

Black Friday – 23 November

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. If you’re looking to make savings this is the day when many retailers reduce their prices or have offers on their products.  If you haven’t already started your shopping, add this date to your diary. You could also use this day to purchase all your client gifts. You may want to prepare in advance what you are looking for. One useful price comparison site is Camel Camel Camel

Order your Festive Seasonal Food

If you’re dining at home, don’t forget to order your food in advance to avoid missing your preferred delivery slot as these get taken up quickly. If you don’t already shop online, set up account and make life less stressful by pre-ordering. Cut off dates can be around the 15 December for Turkeys and 21 December for New Year.

And finally… not to dampen your spirits – Don’t forget your Tax Return deadline, 31 January…

And if all of this seems too much for you to organise, reach out to your PA or entrust your admin to a Virtual PA over this busy period, happy planning!

‘Work smart’, not ‘Work hard.’

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