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  • Tips to Help Small Business Owners Manage the Holiday Season

    Offer Valid: 11/15/2022 - 11/15/2024

    The holiday season is a crucial time for small businesses. It's often make-or-break time, as holiday shoppers are out in full force looking for gifts. If you're a small business owner, you need to have a plan in place to make the most of the holiday season. Here's a checklist from the Tavares Chamber of Commerce with everything you need to do to get your business ready for the season.

    1. Add Some Sparkle

    The holiday season is a great time to spruce up your storefront. A little bit of festive decoration can go a long way in making your business more visible and inviting. Whatever you choose, make sure your decorations are well-made and securely fastened. After all, the last thing you want is for a gust of wind to send your hard work toppling to the ground.

    2. Hire seasonal staff

    You'll need extra help during the holiday rush, so Software Advice suggests making sure to hire some seasonal staff to pitch in. They can man the register, wrap gifts, and assist with customer service.

    3. Offer a gift guide

    Help your customers find the perfect gifts by creating a gift guide and sending it out via email or in a catalog format. Be sure to include items for everyone on their shopping lists, from kids to adults.

    4. Market for the season

    LinkedIn points out the importance of getting the word out about your holiday sales and promotions with some targeted marketing. Put up flyers in local businesses and send out emails to your customers letting them know what's going on at your store this holiday season.


    Make it easier to share your holiday flyers by creating PDFs with all the relevant information. Include things like sale dates, discounts, and special offers. You can print these out and even turn them into JPG files and post them on social media to help spread the word. You can use an online tool to easily convert PDFs online for free, a quick and efficient way to get the job done.

    5. Give back

    Small business owners play a vital role in their communities, and they can have a big impact during the holiday season. There are many ways to give back, from donating products or services to hosting holiday events. Giving back is a great way to build goodwill and strengthen your relationships with customers, employees, and other members of the community. When done right, it can leave a lasting impression and make a difference in the lives of others.

    6. Entice last-minute shoppers

    Anticipate the shoppers who procrastinate by offering special deals and promotions reserved just for them. This way, they'll think of your store when they're scrambling to find gifts at the last minute. 

    7.  Keep your cool

    It's going to be busy, so make sure you're prepared for it. Have a game plan in place for dealing with long lines, crowds of shoppers, and any other challenges that come up. And above all, try to have a good time! The holidays are supposed to be fun, after all. 

    8.  Take advantage of social media

    Social media is a great way to connect with potential customers and let them know about all your holiday promotions. So make sure you're active on all your channels this time of year. 


    The holidays are a time when small businesses can really shine. By preparing for the holiday season now, you can ensure that your business is ready to take advantage of all the opportunities that come with this busy time of year.

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