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Preparing for the Busy Holiday Season

Are you and your staff ready to handle the extra business brought on by holiday crowds?

This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

The holidays are knocking on the door and, if it's like years past, you and your staff will be faced with a workload that seems undoable. And while the holidays may be extra busy for retailers and their suppliers, other businesses have seasons as well--ski resorts go all out when the snow is falling, beach communities are hot when the sun is shining, and florists just love Mother's Day.

Well, those very busy times can be a lot less stressful on everyone if you plan for them and prepare in advance. It's not as though they're unexpected--most of them repeat year after year. Before we talk about preparing for these routine, though trying, periods, keep in mind that without being able to handle the peaks, many of us would be out of business. Quite often, those peaks mean the difference between profit and loss.

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