The third quarter is officially upon us, and it’s time to tackle what that means for small business.
We start by saying that we hope the second quarter of the year was a quality one for your business, filled with new opportunities and plenty of sales. Now it’s time to turn our eyes to the third quarter, which brings a new set of challenges and opportunities.
What should you focus on coming into the third quarter? Glad you asked.
- Rectifying what went wrong in Q2. No matter how well your business is doing, problems cropped up that you may not have had time to deal with. Take a deep breath around now, with the holidays (hopefully) slowing things done for a few, and fix what needs fixing.
- Figure out what’s working and gear it up. The summer season can be a busy one, so it’s a perfect time to ramp up your best efforts to attract new customers and keep old ones happy. That could be a major marketing campaign or a new product, but now’s definitely the time to try it out.
- Start preparing for the end of the year. I know it’s horribly depressing to start thinking that 2013 is winding down, but we officially have less days ahead than behind now. Start thinking about taxes, 2014 planning and how you’ll close out the year in style.
How are you gearing up for Q3?