When some small businesses see the holiday season approaching, their eyes get as big as dinner plates, looking forward to a boost in sales. Other small business owners might start sweating, anticipating numerous time-off requests, and wondering whether they have to pay extra for the employees that do stick around.
Whether you're anticipating big things for your small business in the coming months or anxiously awaiting February, 'tis the season to start making those holiday plans. Here's how:
If you're bringing on more staff to get ready for the holiday rush, make sure you do it legally.
And if you're looking at the holidays as an opportunity to either launch your small business or take an online retail space to the real world, you'll want to make sure the business is properly permitted, the space is properly leased, and the staff, if any, is properly compensated.
Speaking of holiday pay, most private employers are exempt from rules requiring either paid time off for the holidays or extra pay for working a holiday. Find out the rules for your small business.
You're probably going to want to get the word out this holiday season, whether it's for a sale or a new product or service. Make sure your advertising complies with federal, state, and local laws.
At the same time you're expecting business to ramp up, your employees might be looking forward to some down time with their families. How do you balance time needed in the office and time off requests?
And what if that time off is related to a religious holiday?
The disastrous holiday office party is so ubiquitous they're making unimaginatively-named comedies out of them now. Don't add your party to the list.