8 ways your small business can spread holiday cheer
In November, most businesses are at their busiest because there are less working days left until the end of the year, and even less days until the holiday season kicks off. Office parties are taking up as much space on the calendar as meetings!
In the spirit of the looming holidays, we’ve put together a list of ideas to spreading cheer: to friends, to family, to clients and to the less fortunate.
- Introduce a child to the joy of reading
Reading is an important childhood ritual that less privileged children often don’t experience. Books are expensive, especially when the money can be better spent on clothing, school supplies or groceries.
Ask your staff to collect pre-loved children’s books, establish a “reading hour” for children in your community and allow them each to select a book.
- Host an indigenous games day
If your small business is a team of one, rope in your friends and business contacts who also run small operations. Your side will be team A and the other side can be made up of children you mentor, from the community or in care (hospital or orphanage).
Flex your memory and muscles to see if you still remember the games you played growing up.
- Send out thank-you notes
Being in business is not an easy undertaking. It’s even harder to sustain without mentors, clients, collaborators etc. Take the time to send personalised thank-you messages to everyone who has helped you this year.
- Fill a hungry stomach
Nothing says it’s the holidays quite like a warm, delicious meal does. Volunteer at soup kitchen or donate ingredients. Soup kitchens already have the structures set up and are trusted by the people they serve, such as the homeless.
- Donate some of your older clothes
You know the winter wardrobe you’ve just packed away? Unpack it again. Search honestly for the clothes you won’t be wearing next winter. Donate them. Invite friends and clients to do the same. Nkosi’s Haven, Hospice Wits and Johannesburg Child Welfare are always taking donations.
- Write a recommendation
The business world can cut-throat. Try to uplift others in your industry by recommending them or helping them get on the right path. There is enough business to go around.
- Bake and donate
There’s something about decadent, freshly baked biscuits. If baking is not a strength of yours, support a small business that sells baked goods and donate them to a good cause for an afternoon tea party.
- Make “back to school” a little easier
Feeling practical? Give a gift that can be used for school next year. Anything from a stationery hamper or pair of shoes to sponsoring a balanced lunch for a few terms.
Join us for a Carols by Candlelight on the 6th of December. You’re encouraged to bring non-perishable food and clothing.
How is your business spreading cheer and happiness this holiday season?
Listen to Biz Boost with Stevie B. for more small business tips.