The holidays are here, and while there is lots of excitement, there may be anxiety for small business owners. The holiday season encourages small business owners to take a step further into planning a successful launch. It breeds a new level of creative strategies that include dynamic marketing campaigns and captivating social media posts. This year has been a little different for small business owners as previous unprecedented years, and circumstances have left them unable to make profitable sales and hit their margins. This year, as people are becoming vaccinated and things are starting to open back up, some are excited to shop again! It will be the first year in a while that families are able to go into stores together and shop for their loved ones. The holiday comfort of shopping with a hot drink in one hand and money in the other will be exciting for most as holiday traditions have been missed. Although this is an exciting time for most, we won’t be able to assume that everyone in the world is excited to get back into the stores and shop. Some people are opting to sit indoors and shop online. Whatever the case may be, Covid-19 has provided small businesses with the opportunity to win and, unfortunately, the opportunity to lose out of profitable dollars.
Consumers are looking for convenient products and services which they have grown accustomed to during the pandemic. Although consumers are able to shop at reopening malls and stores, they have developed the mentality to shop conveniently. This is a big win for small businesses. Local businesses have become a lifesaver during the pandemic and will continue to provide excellent services and products to their customer base. Although small businesses have won loyalty with consumers, there will be challenges and, of course, the competition that will test that loyalty. Small businesses should go above and beyond to keep their customers happy and easily able to access their products.
According to USA Today, small businesses will run into the challenges of products being much harder to find as more retail shops are opening up to the public. There will also be more competition for inventory, employees, and customers. Sending products out through the mail may present an issue, as well as the US postal service, will be backed up with very high demand. Small businesses need to stay ahead of the game and find ways to beat the challenges that arise. Shipping and handling should be well thought out and strategized. They also have to be able to fulfill orders. Pre-ordering items should also be a great option for customers as well. Pick-up delivery options will set small businesses apart from big retailers as well if they’ve stocked up on inventory during the last few months.
Small business owners will meet the challenge of producing great customer service during this crazy holiday season. Staying prepared is one thing, but strategic planning will make or break small businesses this year as we head into 2022 with great expectations.