The holidays and a new year are just around the corner. In both your business and your personal life, this is the time of year to take stock of what worked and what didn’t—and, of course, spend time with loved ones.

In regards to your business, it may also mean trying to find the best time to keep your doors open, and the best time to send your employees home for the holiday season. Navigating this time of year is notoriously tricky, particularly when it comes to staffing and ensuring each of your employees are able to spend time with their loved ones.

To get you through the holiday season, consider these tips to ensure your pet store finishes the year strong!

Be Flexible

In-laws sometimes fly in early. Other times, winter weather can cause accidents and delays.

In any case, it’s not abnormal for employees to make last-minute changes to their schedules. Instead of doubling down on previous commitments or being too harsh, try to find the time to meet with your employees and ask for flexibility throughout the holiday season.

That way, when an employee may have to run early, your other employees are more prepared and likely more willing to help pick up the slack and keep things moving.

This cuts both ways, too—as a business owner, consider keeping your own schedule free as much as possible in the lead up to the holidays to help patch over understaffing and keep your business running as usual.

Be Online

This year especially, many people are turning to the internet to ensure their holiday shopping lists are completed in time. Oftentimes, that means pet stores without an online presence are left out in the cold when it comes to the holiday shopping season.

Keep ahead of the curve by implementing a powerful eCommerce solution integrated with your point of sale. Companies like Franpos offer integrated point of sale solutions that enable small businesses to ship products right from their register. That way, customers can order products and receive them in hours—not days.

Pet store owners can also send texts and emails to their customer base directing them to their new website!

Final Thoughts

Like anyone else, you’re likely looking forward to some time away from work. By ensuring your business is online and your employees are ready for whatever comes this holiday season, you can navigate the end of the year and be more prepared for the next!

Source – Pet Business