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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?

By Rod Walsh

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The holidays are knocking on the door and, if it's likeyears past, you and your staff will be faced with a workload thatseems undoable. And while the holidays may be extra busy forretailers and their suppliers, other businesses have seasons aswell--ski resorts go all out when the snow is falling, beachcommunities are hot when the sun is shining, and florists just loveMother's Day.

Well, those very busy times can be a lot less stressful oneveryone if you plan for them and prepare in advance. It's notas though they're unexpected--most of them repeat year afteryear. Before we talk about preparing for these routine, thoughtrying, periods, keep in mind that without being able to handle thepeaks, many of us would be out of business. Quite often, thosepeaks mean the difference between profit and loss.

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