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Spring Cleaning

Most businesses have an element of seasonality to them. When your business slows down, take advantage of that period to do things you can't do when you're busy.

"Do things that will make your business better when the slow time is over," says James Hahn, associate director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. "Especially consider things that are typically disruptive of your normal operation."

Some of Hahn's suggestions:

Upgrade your computers and software.

Do necessary but noncritical repairs to your facility.

Conduct employee training sessions.

Spruce up your offices.

Schedule vacations.

Rearrange displays.

Clean out your desk.

Purge files.

Organize storage areas.

Prepare your next marketing campaign.

Keep in mind that some of these efforts may cost money during a time when revenues are down, so set aside the necessary funds in advance. That way, Hahn says, "you'll come out of the slow period at full speed."

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This article was originally published in the July 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Spring Cleaning.

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