Prepare your business for the holidays with these tips to get your business running on autopilot with tools, processes, and systems.

While we are busy during the holidays with shopping, cooking, traveling, and company, we need to do ourselves a favor and think ahead to prepare our business for the holidays.

To successfully keep your business running and profiting during a high-traffic and a holiday season, you’ll want to put a plan in place now for getting your business to run on autopilot with as little intervention from you as possible.

Preparing Your Business For The Holidays. Prepare your business for the holidays with these tips on how to get your business running on autopilot with tools, processes, and systems.
Preparing Your Business For The Holidays.

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Here are our best tips on automating your business so it runs itself during busy seasons.

1. Start with the simplest tasks to automate

These are often the tasks that involve the least amount of human interaction, to begin with, like social media posts, blog posts, and weekly newsletters.

2. Delegate

For those tasks that can’t be automated, ask yourself which tasks you can delegate to someone else.

If you already have an assistant, you may be able to delegate some of your business’s daily tasks to them.

If you are a solopreneur, you can check out a spot like Fiverr for a person who has the skills you need that you can hire on a short-term basis. Consider having a writer plan and write a month’s worth of blog posts for you, or a social media manager to create a month’s worth of content for you to schedule.

3. Plan ahead

If you have an online presence for your business, such as social media profiles and a website, one of the best ways to prepare your business for the holiday season is to schedule your social media posts and blog posts ahead of time.

For example, to be able to enjoy my summer vacation fully, I scheduled every post and social media message months in advance.

Once these tasks are scheduled, automated, or delegated, you will be able to dedicate your time at work to tasks that need your attention.

5. Plan big moves for other times of the year

The middle of the holiday season is not the time to make a colossal growth move or try out something new in your business.

If you want to use the holiday to increase sales or raise awareness, be sure to set up your promotional campaign ahead of time.

Use a tool like Asana or Trello to map the processes you’ll have to work on and get everything scheduled and planned, as well as services hired before the end of September or October. This way, when Black Friday or Cyber Monday comes around, you’ll have everything you need in place to rock those sales!

6. Automate your messaging

During the holiday season, you may find that you need to reduce the amount of time that you spend each day checking your emails and social profile messages.

Prepare your business for the holidays by setting aside a specific time each day for this, or delegate someone to do it for you. Write templated responses in advance and program an automated greeting for your email and messengers.

People who are trying to get in touch with you will know when is the best time to reach you. You can also let them know that you are working on an abbreviated schedule if that is the case.

Bonus: Favorite tools for automating business tasks

Flodesk– schedule all your newsletters in advance so you don’t lose touch with your customers over the holidays. This is also a great way to boost holiday sales with minimal hands-on work on your end.

Tailwind – Schedule all of your Pins to keep driving traffic to your website and blog. With Tailwind, you can create smart loops that regularly share different categories of content. You can also add individual posts.

Task management tools—Schedule tasks so anyone working with you can easily see what needs to be done. For those who prefer a more visual approach to organizing, you can do this on Google Sheets or with an application like Trello.


Of course, there are some things you can’t automate or delegate in your business. However, every task that you can off-load will shorten your to-do list every day without letting your business slip through the cracks. Having these systems in place will reduce your stress and let you enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

What are your biggest challenges with running your business during the holiday season? Share with me in the comments!

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