It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all enjoying the lovely sunshine and summer break. But here we are with December in sight and the Christmas break is fast approaching.

Having a break at Christmas is lovely. A great time to relax and take a break from work. But to really relax and switch off, it helps to a do a little planning.

Dependent on your business, you may find that the lead up to Christmas is a busy time whereas other businesses may find it is a slow time for them.

Here are few tips to help prepare your business for the Christmas period and the start of 2018.

Create a to-do list

Make a list of all the tasks that you need to do and mark them in order of priority. Add the deadline date and work backwards to when they need to be completed. Consider the tasks that could be left for the New Year or delegated.

Christmas cards and gifts

Are you planning on sending your customers a Christmas card or gift? Now is the time to get it sorted. Make sure that you check delivery and timescales. You can send a digital Christmas card using MailChimp.

Schedule social media

With HootSuite, Buffer and other scheduling tools, you can take a break while your social media marketing continues. Plan your marketing posts, share blogs and schedule as many posts so you can maintain visibility over the Christmas period. You can then check in on social media when it suits you and respond to comments and enquiries.

Send a newsletter

Send a newsletter to your mailing list informing them of your availability over the Christmas period and any other important information.

Follow up invoices

Now is a good time to be on top of your accounts and follow up any outstanding payments before businesses close for Christmas.

Out of office

It is a good idea to set up an out of office email with details of when you are open over Christmas or if you are back in the New Year.

You can also record a new voicemail with details about your availability over the Christmas period and when you will be returning calls. A Telphone Answering Service can answers calls.

These are a few things to consider to help you chill out and enjoy your Christmas break. Take the time to recharge your batteries ready for a productive 2018!

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