300 Seconds: Holiday Preparations

Halloween is just 10 days away, and then–boom–it’s Christmas.

That’s the way it can feel, anyway.

Instead of playing catch-up after Halloween, take 300 seconds now to prepare for the holidays. I’m not talking about big holiday prep like displays, gift wrap and the like, but instead things that might sneak up on you due to long lead times: production of bags, gift cards, etc.

To determine how many of these items you need, run some sales reports. You can look to see how many gift cards you sold during November and December. You can also see how many transactions occurred during that timeframe to estimate the number of bags you’ll need.

Now that you’re poised with bags and gift cards, it’s time to call ol’ Santa.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay