We’ve reached the final steps of our Business Countdown, and we hope that we’ve helped you feel ready to face the challenges of the new year head on. We’ve put together our tips on last-minute office organisation to help you clear your desk for the holidays, and if you missed any of our earlier posts on how to make a difference to your business by Christmas, we’ve provided a quick recap below.
Don’t forget, if you struggled to find time for any of these activities then Hour Hands can help you get on top of it in 2018. Our Business Support team can handle all your business needs, either on a project basis or as a package, so please get in touch to find out how we can help.
So far in this series, we’ve covered:
- Set up a cloud-based bookkeeping system
- Implement a Business Management System
- Undertake competitor analysis
- Review your KPIs
- Develop a social media plan
- Have a financial overview
- Appreciate your staff
- Grow your business
- Develop a marketing plan
But before you close the office door, here are our last-minute tips to make sure nothing has been forgotten.
Make use of technology
Check which last-minute tasks really need doing before the break, and which can wait, then prioritise your time accordingly. There are plenty of time-management apps available to help you organise your time efficiently – check out the Hour Hands favourites.
Update your calendar
Make sure that all key dates and reminders are entered into your 2018 business calendar (also make sure that you do have a 2018 calendar!). Include items such as insurance renewals, business utility renewals, and any finance-related dates such as your VAT returns. Consider whether you need any help with your bookkeeping for next year, if you currently do this yourself.
Don’t forget the out-of-office!
Finally it’s time to double-check your office cover arrangements over Christmas and New Year, update your answer machine message, and set up your out-of-office email response. And then it’s off to the pub!
The Hour Hands team