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Chamber Blog

We're here to share business tips and reflect on the things that make Livingston Parish great.

Nearly all businesses experience the cyclical doldrums. For many, that's the end of January or February when the weather is bad and no one wants to go out. But regardless of when your slow time is, it's never a good time for the small business owner, no matter how predictable. Here are several ideas to increase sales during your traditionally slow times.

2019 has flown by and we’re quickly approaching 20/20. Even though the holidays are here and our minds may be on time off and events with friends and family, this is also a great time of year to assess what worked and what didn't. Many of the people you do business with will be out of touch causing some frustrating log jams. If you find yourself in a place in your business where you can't get a whole lot done, you can use the time to start making plans for the future.

According to the National Statistics Council, about 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings for the average employee. You may also be surprised to hear that nearly half of employees (47 percent) believe that too many meetings are the biggest waste of time on any day—more than social media or email distractions. That number may be higher in your business if you employ members of Gen Y and Gen X who have little interest in face-time exchanges that could be accomplished through technology.