Maintain your old Siemens Hipath system

10 Things To Do When Business Slows Down Over The Holidays

I'm sure you've seen it happen every year: your business slows down during predictable times, like the summer vacation months or year-end holidays. For the self-employed who rely upon steady cash flow, this can be a disconcerting time. Should you just take a vacation until things naturally pick up again? Or should you try to find the needle-in-the-haystack business that might be out there during slow times?

This year, vow to be different! Instead of languishing in no-business-never-land, get off your butt and do something to build the foundation of your business so that natural business cycles don't affect you too deeply:

  • Clean your office. Go through all the piles of papers and magazines that have been sitting around and get rid of them once and for all. Remember the office organizing mantra: do it, ditch it or delegate it. File all your papers, dust and vacuum your office. Reorganize your desk and your office so that you can find everything you need in 60 seconds or less.

  • Take a mini-vacation from work. Walk away from your office and enjoy a day or two of renewal and relaxation. Go to a day spa. Take a weekend retreat. Go for a walk in the local park. Breathe.

  • Get ready for tax season. If your business slows down during December, no worries! Use that time to prepare your tax files so that you can whiz through tax season (it's coming sooner than you expect!). Tally business-related mileage for year. Estimate your last tax payment for the current year (many self-employed people make quarterly estimated tax payments; the final payment is usually due on January 15). Send your final invoices for the current year.

  • If the slow time falls around the holidays, use them to your advantage. Get into the holiday spirit with your clients by mailing holiday cards and gifts to them. Make specially-discounted holiday offers to clients/customers. Offer them gift certificates that they can give to their family and friends for your services and products.

  • Do your accounting. Enter all revenue and expenses into your recordkeeping system. Balance your checkbook.

  • Become goal-oriented. Take this down-time to look at your current goals, to see how you're doing so far and to write some new goals for the next 12 months. Create an updated marketing plan and budget. Make sure your budget includes a cash reserve to cover you during slow business times. Even if this business slow time falls mid-year, you can still spend time planning for the next 12-24 months.

  • Go back to school. List the topics you'd like to study, the classes you'd like to take, or the books you'd like to read, to keep you up-to-date with your industry and business skills. Use your quiet business times to read, study and add to your intelligence pool.

  • Get some personal chores done. Slow business times are ideal to schedule your annual dental and eye exams. It's also a great time to clean out the attic, garage or basement. Remember, a strong personal foundation helps to propel your business forward.

  • Go shopping. No, not for personal items (though that's always fun!), but for business items. Have you been putting off buying a new PC? Now's the time to research what's out there and determine your next computer purchase. Is your office chair uncomfortable? Spend some time at office furniture stores "butt-testing" for a quality office chair that will support you properly. Stock up your office supplies. Buy some music CDs to play in your office to inspire you.

  • Spend time with family and friends. When business is busy, it's easy to sequester yourself away to get all that work done. Now that business is slow, come out of your cocoon and visit with family and friends. They've been wondering where you've disappeared to!

    As you can see, slow business times can be used productively to prepare you for the next burst of business coming your way. Renew your business, your office, your Self, and create a firm foundation for the busy business days ahead! Always ask yourself, "How can I use these days wisely?"

    About The Author

    Karyn Greenstreet is a Self Employment expert and small business coach. She shares tips, techniques and strategies with self-employed people to boost clarity and focus, create sustainable motivation, and increase sales and profits. Visit her website at www.PassionForBusiness.com.

    In The News:

    North Korea 'agrees to close missile test site'
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:55:00 +0100
    North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to permanently dismantle a missile test site and a launch pad after talks with South Korea.

    US doctor and girlfriend charged with drug rapes
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:13:00 +0100
    A doctor who appeared on a dating show has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women with his girlfriend - and police suspect there may be many more victims.

    Captain Cook's ship 'found' after a centuries-long search
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:21:00 +0100
    Marine archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Captain James Cook's famed ship Endeavour after a centuries-long search.

    Young boy admits putting needles into strawberries
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:31:00 +0100
    A young boy in Australia has admitted to putting needles in strawberries as a "prank".

    Former Pakistan PM and daughter freed from jail
    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:28:00 +0100
    A court has ordered the release of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter two months after they were jailed for corruption.



  • tikatoshop.it

    Erfahrungen mit Pallhuber Wein
    Agen Bola SBOBET Terpercaya

    Travel in comfort and at your leisure with CT Airlink Limousine & Car Service for top quality private transportation and exceptional customer service. We operate Sedans, SUVs & Vans for CT Car Services to covering all Connecticut airports including Car Service from CT to Newark Airport , Mohegan Casino Uncasville CT, Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket CT, Manhattan Cruise Terminal NYC, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal NYC and Bayonne Cruise Terminal NJ. CT Airlink hire licensed and friendly chauffeurs who have in-depth knowledge of the Areas.

    The Top Ten Ways to Stop Procrastinating Now

    10. Procrastination Condemnation - Lose the Labels! All those things... Read More

    How to Hold An Extremely Successful Event - 10 Tips

    Every event you hold can be extremely successful. Apply these... Read More

    Seven Keys to Get Out of a Rut

    Rut -- a routine procedure, situation, or way... Read More

    The Top 7 Marketing Tips You Dont Want To Overlook

    1. Combine Emotion and LogicConsumers buy because the want to... Read More

    Your Leadership Shopping List

    'Tis the season to give. And finding the right gift... Read More

    10 High-Impact Viral Marketing Strategies

    Viral Marketing is allowing people to giveaway and use your... Read More

    Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit

    Most people wish they read more. It is an activity... Read More

    Start Your Own Website in 10 Easy Steps

    If you're a beginner, starting a website doesn't have to... Read More

    Management, Balance & Time - 10 Tips for Managing Overwhelm in your Business

    How many of us have been in a position where... Read More

    How to Apply the 12 Steps for Managment Conflict and Resolution

    1. Admit there is a problem.The very first step in... Read More

    The Top Ten Qualities that Allow Business Operations to Grow Easily

    My husband and I were enjoying our dinner meal one... Read More

    Increase Business Profits - Ten Ways

    How do you increase business profits? Answer the following questions... Read More

    Sales Marketing: 10 Tips On How To Promote Yourself And Generate Sales

    A lot of people are insecure about buying something or... Read More

    Top 10 Steps to Build Your Professional Practice Now!

    1. Examine everything in your office from the view of... Read More

    Yummy Yummy: Top 7 Business Lessons from the Wiggles

    At Macquarie University in the early '90s, three Australian early... Read More

    Tips to Starting your Own Busniess

    The 9-to-5 grind can make you feel like a just... Read More

    #1 Key To Select Right Business Partner

    Having business partner or planning to start a business with... Read More

    Business Goals - The 10 Commandments

    The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting While it's good to... Read More

    How to Counsel Your Non-Performing Team Members - 10 Tips

    Counselling non-performing team members is a tough part of any... Read More

    Seven Ways to Improve Your Results with Follow-up

    What follows is a bold statement, but sometimes it takes... Read More

    7 Things You Can Do To Weather The Lows Of A Business Cycle

    Hey, as hard as this may be for you to... Read More

    After Hurricane Katrina - Seven Things You Can Do

    If you are like me, you are living some distance... Read More

    11 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Michael Dell

    1. Think Big ? In college, Michael Dell said he... Read More

    Top Ten Tips for Online Publishing Success

    Use the checklist below to make sure your article, tip,... Read More

    Top 7 Ways to Profit from Foreign Trade

    Here are seven excellent ways to earn income from international... Read More