Summer can be a quieter time for some businesses. Whether you work by yourself or have employees, there are several things you can do to make the most of these sunny, less hectic weeks. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things that business owners should do to make the most of the summer months:

1. Plan ahead

If you know you’re going to be quieter in the summer, then take time out to pull together a thorough plan for when things pick back up. Have a look at how your business has done so far this year.

If you know summer is going to be busy for you then think about whether you can handle the extra demand. Do you need to take on some part-time staff? Especially if you employ staff and they want to take time away from work this summer. Keep in mind that even temporary staff still need to be covered by employers’ liability insurance.

2. Consider taking some time out yourself

Whether it’s a break abroad or just time at home with the family, you’ll return motivated and re-charged.

There are some easy things you can do to keep your business ticking over nicely if you go away:

– Let your customers know that you’ll be away a few weeks beforehand and who they should contact in your absence.

– Make sure your staff know what they need to do whilst you are off work

– Finish off as much as you can before you go and make sure you give your staff a proper handover

3. Reach out to your network

As a business owner, your network is important to your success. Now is the perfect time to reach out to those people you’ve been meaning to have a coffee or a drink with.

If you want to establish new connections, check out free resources like www.findnetworkingevents.com . Spending a little time building and enhancing your network in local and online communities can help.

4. Run a summer offer

A summer offer can bring in a quick burst of work if the warmer months are a quieter period for your business. You can do this no matter what type of business you’re in. Whether you’re offering services, consulting, coaching or selling physical products.

5. Invest in maintenance now

In life and in business, a proactive approach is better than reacting to something when it goes wrong. Take a moment to check if anything needs upgrading, replacing or fixing.

If there’s any exterior decorating or maintenance needed in your business, then the weather needs to cooperate.  Early summer and September often gives us the best weather conditions, with less rain and fewer changes in temperature from day to night.

If your business has a gas boiler, then the summer time (when you’re hopefully using it less) is the perfect time to get it serviced. If your boiler’s past its best, then the warmer months are the best time to replace it because gas engineers have less work and there’s more availability. Right now we’re offering business customers a discount of up to £550 when they buy a new commercial boiler.

If your business hasn’t yet got a smart meter, then upgrading in the summer can make sense. A smart meter installation means your electricity will be switched off for a short period. You can minimise any disruption by having it installed in the summer. If you’re already an energy customer of British Gas Business, then we can install a smart meter in your business premises for free. Just tell us you want one.

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