Snow Day Productivity for Small Business Owners
1. Write a to-do-list – Worried you might lose track of time while working from home? Start your day by writing a clear to-do-list of tasks that you can complete while you’re out of the office. Consider any limitations you have (limited access to financial records, CRM programs, etc.), and only include tasks that you know you’ll be able to realistically accomplish.
2. Use technology to your advantage – If you have a brick and mortar location, you will likely lose sales if you close your doors due to inclement weather. Still, there are ways to remain operational, even if your physical location is closed. For instance, do you have an online store in addition to your brick and mortar shop? If so, focus your efforts for that day on promoting your online offers. Ensure that you have everything you need to operate your online store; you can’t risk being unable to make sales through both mediums.
In addition, ensure that you have technology set up so that you can communicate with employees. If everyone is working from home, you should be able to check-in with them throughout the day. There are many communication tools available for remote businesses, so if you are temporarily working from home, consider utilizing some of these options.
3. Limit distractions – It can be tempting to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix when snowy weather hits, but if you want to ensure the success of your business, fight the temptation to be lazy! Set up a temporary home office, in which you get rid of any distractions. You’ll thank yourself when you’ve accomplished tasks for your small business. Once your location opens again, you won’t have as much catch-up work to complete!
4. Enjoy the quiet – During the day-to-day rush that comes with running a business, you probably find yourself being overwhelmed at times. On snow days, take advantage of a quiet environment that isn’t filled with employees or customers. Take time to pay bills, place inventory orders, or do any other tasks that are easier to complete with some peace and quiet. Although it may be easier to focus on the hassle inclement weather can cause, you might be surprised at how much you can get done during a snow day.
5. Communicate with customers – Don’t risk the chance that customers visit your business on a snow day when you are closed! Post frequent updates on your social media platforms and website. In addition, consider sending out an email to your subscribers. Although you may find yourself running out of tasks to do while at home, you should devote time to ensuring that customers are up-to-date on your revised schedule.
Even if your business is forced to close due to inclement weather, you and your staff can still find ways to be productive. If you have snow day productivity tips, share them with us in the comment section below!
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