I thought I would end the year with some top tips for you as you plan to step away from your business.
1. Turn On Auto Responders
Putting an email responder on is probably the first place to start. Let your potential clients know your expected return date and if you feel really tech savvy drop in an information sheet with some great answers to FAQS so they have some questions answered in the meantime.
2. Make A Note Across Social Media
Our away message goes into every form and every blog post while we’re closed, and it also needs to be expressed on Instagram, Facebook and any other social media platforms where you are interacting, so potential followers understand you may be slow in responding during this time.
3. Get Prepared For The January Rush
Chances are when you get back in January you’ll be slammed with things to do, so now is a brilliant time to make sure everything is in order. Update your information packs, make sure your contact and social media details on your website are up to date, even write templates for your common e-mails. If you are selling product make sure your stock levels are good to go. Update your advertising with your latest and best work.
4. Start Thinking About Goals
If now is quiet in the business, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2016. I’ll touch more on goal setting in the new year, but jotting down ideas and plans now as you talk to people and employees is a good head start.
5. Address Any End Of Month Tasks
If you have things you need to do every month end, make sure you plan for them this year because chances are you’ll be relaxing somewhere! Regardless, business goes on so do what you can now, to prepare.
6. Check Bills & Automated Payments
Are any bills due over the Christmas break? Do you have enough funds in your accounts to cover anything automated you have set up? Are things like insurance up to date?
7. Schedule Social Media
Consider scheduling some Facebook posts and Instagram posts for the break. While it’s great to take a break. Facebook allows you to easily schedule posts out and apps like Hootsuite and Latergramme will allow you to schedule and pop up on your device to remind you to post.
8. Check in With Suppliers
Some suppliers shut down right through January so if you are going to need supplies, make sure you check in with them now to see when they close and for how long, so you are set for orders in between.
9. Cancel Meetings
If you have regular weekly meetings, you’ll probably presume they’re cancelled but check in anyway and make sure everyone knows when they’re stopping and starting again.
10. Have A Rest
Now you can take a break. Even if it’s a good few days. Christmas Day is never the most relaxing of days, but perhaps you can find a few other days in there to have a good solid ‘don’t need to move from bed or lie in the sunshine all day’ kind of moment. Restore yourself for January!