Steps for Closing Your Business for the Holidays

Learn how you can properly close your business this holiday season.

During the holidays, many businesses shut down for a couple of days.  If you are planning on doing this for your business, then there are a couple of things you need to do before you can send your employees home for a little vacation.  Make sure you take these steps in order to properly close your business this holiday season.

Notify Employees, Customers, and Suppliers

About 2-4 weeks before your business’s closure, it’s important that you start notifying the right parties.  Obviously, your employees need to know that your business will be closed for the holidays.  Let your staff know with a group email and give follow-up reminders in staff meetings.  You can notify customers about your holiday closure on your business’s website and by changing your phone answering service to update them about your business’s holiday hours.  Finally, call or email all suppliers (especially those that make regular deliveries), and let them know that your business will be closed for the holiday period.

Update Your Security

If your business has a security team, them make sure they have updated information and security protocols.  For instance, they should know who to contact in case of an emergency.  Additionally, if you have employees that are planning to work during the holiday break, then make sure your security team knows to expect these workers.  Make sure that security checks and verifies the credentials of any employee trying to access your place of business.  Keeping your security team informed should prevent any misunderstandings and major emergencies while your business is closed for the holidays.

Turn Off and Unplug

Finally, no one wants to come back to work only to be greeted by an expensive electricity bill.  That’s why it’s so important to turn off and unplug any non-essential appliances before you close your business.  Appliances that are safe to unplug include desk lamps, printers, copiers, and some computers.  However, your phone system, fax machine, and refrigeration units should remain on even when you’re away from your office.

Take these steps to ensure that you properly close your business this holiday season.  Want another way to protect your business this holiday season?  Then make sure you have the proper insurance protections in place.  To find the right coverage for your needs, contact the experts at Humble & Davenport Insurance.  Our dedicated team is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.

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