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  • Joanne Butcher


It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means it's also the busiest time of the year for small businesses.

If you're a small business owner, this time of year can be really stressful. You have to make sure your employees are happy and productive, but you also have to be on top of all kinds of other things: customer service, marketing, sales…the list goes on!

You may be feeling a bit swamped.

In the spirit of giving, I'd like to share some tips with you on how to make sure that your business keeps running smoothly throughout the Christmas holidays.

1. Make a checklist and stick to it

You should have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done before the holidays begin, so just make a checklist of everything that needs to get done. Then check off each item as it's completed, so you can feel confident in knowing that everything will be ready when it comes time for your break.

2. Get organised

Don't leave things until the last minute—you'll just end up stressing out more than necessary because there won't be enough time left over to get everything done at once! Instead, start setting aside time every day over the next few weeks in order to keep yourself organised as deadlines approach. This will help ensure that nothing gets missed along the way!

3. Plan your social media

Create and schedule social media posts to be published while you are enjoying the Christmas period. This helps to keep your business visible to potential customers while your office is closed. If you haven't used a social media scheduler before, don't worry, they are easy to get to grips with and the good news is there are some great free options. Check out