How to Make Now the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Your Business

Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Small Business Efficiency [ 0 Comments ]

The holiday season is said to be joyous and cheerful, but it often has a different reputation when it comes to the workweek. During the holidays, business is often very slow and boring. Although some companies, such as retail stores, experience their busy time during the month of December, others find that their website traffic and sales are low.

However, a company can turn this slow season into something very positive (possibly the most wonderful time of the year, but I digress). The end of the year can be a great time to do some cleanup work that is long overdue. This will also put your company ahead of the game at the start of the New Year. Consider a few of the ways you can take advantage of the slow season and stay productive:

5 End-of-the-Year Activities for Your Business

1. Taxes – This is the perfect time to get a handle on your taxes. Be sure that you have your W-2 and 1099 reporting ready to go for 2012, and consider putting money into your retirement account. All of these efforts will help you lower your taxes for the year. Consider either consulting with your tax advisor or visiting Greatland, a company specializing in W-2 and 1099 forms.

2. Online Content – Look around your website and determine if you have any old content. Take the end of the year to write some engaging articles, take some new photos of your staff, and get rid of the “© 2007” at the bottom of that webpage. It’s also a good idea to spend some time updating your social media accounts.

3. Files and Software – Make sure every computer in the office has updated security software. This is something that generally gets pushed to the side time and time again, but there are no excuses during your slow period. It’s also a good idea to spend time utilizing data storage and back-up of your files with an external hard drive, and ask your employees to do the same. Also consider updating your business phone systems to VoIp technology.

4. Employee Reviews – Many companies start out giving employee reviews, but as business gets busier these often get put on the back burner. Spend some time thanking your employees for the work they’ve done and giving them goals to work toward in the New Year. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page, and it will give you time to talk with each employee individually.

5. Cleaning – Even if your company has a cleaning crew, your company likely still needs to be organized. If nothing else, start by organizing your desk. Go through your filing cabinets and get rid of anything that is no longer important. This is usually a bigger project than most company owners and employees realize!

If you really want to have a happy New Year, getting ahead now will help. It’s always great to come back after a break and feel refreshed and organized. Even if December is the busiest time in your company, doing a little bit of clean-up work like this is still important. Once your busy season is over and your slow period begins, takes some time to put these ideas into action.

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