3 Ways to Avoid Worrying about Your Business and Enjoy the HolidaysPosted by sabrina
Guest post by Amanda Mungal, It’s Your Time
The holidays are right around the corner and most of us like to take some time out to relax, sip warm bevvies, sing some carols, and look at the decorated festive houses in the neighbourhood. However, for those of us managing a business (our own or our employers) juggling our personal desires with trying to keep the business organized and strong can prove tricky. Here are my top three of ten tips for enjoying some holiday bliss while ensuring your business doesn’t fall around your ears.
1. Communicate! If you plan to take some time off or slow down, let your clients, colleagues and employees know now! Be really clear so that no one is left surprised wondering where you are (or more importantly to them where your deliverable is). Be super pro-active and even write your cheerful out of office message ahead of time so that on your last day you can just click “on” and this important piece of client communication won’t be forgotten. (Unless you’re using Microsoft Exchange or some similar program you will need to set your out of office message through your webmail).
2. Be a SuperStar. When communicating your holiday plans with clients, ask them what their plans are and work out a schedule with them to ensure everything they see as important is completed early – allowing them to enjoy the holidays too. This neat organizational spreadsheet can be useful in mapping out your internal to-dos as well as client projects in preparation for the holidays.
3. Prep Year End Now. Talk to your bookkeeper or accountant right now and start getting your ducks in a row for year end. Don’t be left scrambling for your receipts during the last week before New Years and don’t get lost in the January insanity when all of your bookkeeper’s other clients are scrambling for help and attention. Touch base now and get organised so that you can rest easy during the holidays and spend January building your business and not scrambling through financial catch up.
By being a bit pro-active, you will be able to relax and sip that EggNog over the holidays while exerting minimal effort to keep the business rolling smoothly.
Amanda Mungal is an Administrative Consultant and Owner of It’s Your Time, a Vancouver based company that offers administrative guidance and support throughout BC and internationally. Visit her online or send an email to