We’re about a month away from the potential business momentum killer otherwise known as the Easter break.
This year the Easter period starts with Good Friday on April 22 and finishes on April 26, which is an extra public holiday because Anzac Day falls on the Easter Monday public holiday.
Confused? Me too. The bottom line is it’s going to be dead at a lot of business between April 21 (when everyone shoots off early for the long weekend) and April 27. That means a five-day shutdown for most businesses, if you count the weekend.
So what do you need to do ahead of this period?
Firstly, think about what usually happens on a Friday, Monday or Tuesday. Do you pay people on those days? Or process invoices? Or prepare reports? If so, you are going to need to reschedule.
Think also about who is going to be away and for what periods. Will you need to re-assign any jobs? Will you need to set up after-hour contacts? Will you need to juggle rosters?
Finally, don’t forget to re-adjust your cashflow forecasts. Having three selling days lost to public holidays can put a little (or big) hole in your budgets.