Thanksgiving is over. If you’re reading this email, the food is probably put away, the kitchen is clean again (hopefully) and the relatives have gone home (mostly). Black Friday has begun for the shoppers. But if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re most likely sitting somewhere, taking advantage of the quiet time, trying to answer two questions…
1. How am I going to pay for holiday gifts?
2. What can I do to get a leg up on next year?
The bad news is, unless your business is holiday-driven, it’s probably too late to change the outcome of this year. Most of your clients are in holiday/vacation mode, and won’t be ready to begin gearing back up until mid-January. Holiday miracles happen, but they shouldn’t be part of your plan!
The good news is, you still have over a month to strategize and put some things in place for the new year. With the slowdown of work, you also have time to educate yourself and plan without distraction. Don’t go into the New Year exhausted…use this time to rest and regroup. Use holiday parties as networking opportunities and downtime to read, organize, and collect receivables. Thank your family and friends for their support and encouragement. Thank your customers and ask them what you can do better. Make good spending choices – limit your holiday gift spending and pay your vendors instead, so you’re not feeling leveraged when the bills arrive!
Soon, you get to reset and start anew! Take advantage of the opportunity.