With all of the Holiday’s right around the corner, we want to make sure you are well prepared. Â So we have this great blog by, Stephanie Schomer, with 4 Real-World Tricks to help you get thru successfully!
Best of Luck!
Say goodbye to holiday hassles.
Want an edge this holiday? Take road-tested advice from these four entrepreneurs.Â
Know your limits
â€œMy photography business is just me. Itâ€™s great to have the option to stay up tillÂ 3 a.m. designing Christmas cards, but I also need to know when to pass on jobs. If someone calls onÂ December 8Â and wants a family session, holiday cards made, and a big canvas print for Grandma, I have to say no.â€
— Mary Hanson, Mary Hanson Photography, Minneapolis
Set staffing expectations
â€œI run a day spa and boutique. People come in as late as Christmas Eve getting services done to look good for the holidays! We have about 12 employees and try to limit any kind of vacation afterÂ October 31. There can be exceptions, but our staff want to be here for their clients.â€
— Lisa Mergel, Kanvas Beauty, Tallahassee
â€œThe first year we opened our pie shop, we had 88 orders for Thanksgiving, and we lost our minds. Now itâ€™s a smooth operation — last year we shipped 1,500 pies. In October, we build boxes, start prepping our crust and make sure weâ€™ve budgeted for our produce and dairy orders, which go through the roof.â€
— Valeri Lucks, Honeypie Cafe, Milwaukee
Pick your battles
â€œOur gift-shop return policy is that we do only exchanges or store credit. Sometimes customers — neverÂ a regular — will demand a refund. If theyâ€™re going to make a scene or write a really negative Yelp review, itâ€™s easier to do the refund and move on. Having someone write about a bad experience, you canâ€™t win that back.â€
— Brandy Deieso, The Little Apple, Philadelphia