How to Survive the Holidays as an Entrepreneur

Christmas is just around the corner. While most people get excited, entrepreneurs might be wondering how to get it all done before it’s time to hang up their business suits and get into something more comfortable.

This is the time of the year where you might experience extra stress as productivity dips during this season. Your focus easily shifts as you attempt to balance your workload with holiday shopping, making travel arrangements, planning Christmas parties, etc. That is why you need to anticipate the invasion of holiday stress into the workplace. Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and mapping out what needs to get done between then and now; you can prevent stress from ruining your productivity and free up extra time to unwind and spend time with your family and friends during the holidays.

How to Survive the Holidays as an Entrepreneur

Email Clients

Give your clients and other business contacts a heads up that you are taking a holiday and will not operate during the holidays. If everyone is aware, they are less likely to come looking for you when you’re already relaxing with your family or friends. Don‘t forget to wish them all Happy Holidays. Set your auto-response email before you get on your way to your holiday, as well.

Reassess Your Goals

Check your goals this year. Are you still on track? Now is the time to reflect on your priorities and the goals that can wait until the next quarter. Decide what to focus your limited time on, and then create a schedule for the time you have left.

Schedule Work and Play

Do not double book! Worst, do not commit to meet someone without certainty. Schedule the parties that need to be attended and the work that needs to be done. If you have a lot of Christmas parties that you really need to attend, be sure to get the dates from them as soon as possible so that you can put them and schedule them in your calendar. By doing this, you can realistically see if there is still enough time to get it all done. If not you may have to delegate or outsource.

Delegate Work

If you work for yourself you can get a virtual assistant to help you with your workload. There are a lot of business solutions providers out there, such as vOffice Philippines Inc. They offer virtual office and serviced office plans, including a virtual assistant that can help you with tasks from assisting clients to taking calls for you.

Balance Work and Relax Time

A complete break from work isn’t possible for some entrepreneurs. If you’re not allowed to completely stay away from work, take a look at your calendar and check the days that you scheduled to be off. Then, maximize it and spend it with your family and friends. Advanced planning is key when it comes to holiday scheduling.

Settle Your Bills and Renew Your Business Permit Before the Year Ends

Paying your bills and renewing your permits on time is an important aspect of taking control of your business life. Knowing when your bills are due and making a habit to paying them by the deadline can reduce stress, save you money, and prevent you from getting penalties. If you fail to renew your business permits, you shall be subjected to a fine of Php5,000 to Php20,000 or worse, for closure.

We all know that the process of renewing business permits can be tedious and may take more than a day due to the high number of applicants. Thankfully, business owners can now rely on professionals who can take the burden of going through all of the procedures.

As a business solutions provider, vOffice can help with this matter, as well. vOffice Philippines Inc. simplifies entrepreneurs’ life by offering business solutions and legal services such as business permit renewal, company incorporation, instant office, call answering services, meeting room/conference room usage, etc.

If you want fast processing of renewing your business permits, vOffice can take the load of preparing all the documents, filling out forms, and standing in long lines for you. Timely, vOffice has an ongoing year end promos for the said services. See banners below.

Note that submission and payment deadlines to vOffice will be on or before December 20, 2018. Renew your business permits before it’s too late and have a more relaxing and fun holiday.

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