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How to Have a Profitable, Merry Business Christmas

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Christmas shapes the business year and for many businesses, determines whether they're going to end up in the black or the red for any given year. So most of the articles in this Christmas business collection focus on what you can do to increase sales through this critical festive season.

But of course, sales is not what Christmas is all about. It's also about connecting with the people around us, giving thanks, and celebrating, so you'll also find articles about Christmas business traditions and business gifts - everything you need for your business to make the most of the Christmas season.

Christmas Business Traditions

Business Christmas Card Dos and Don'ts
The ins and outs of choosing and sending business Christmas cards, including what kinds of cards to send and how to properly address business Christmas cards.

Company Christmas Party Ideas
Make your company Christmas party an event that staff want to attend rather than avoid with these ideas for hosting a successful company Christmas party.

Create Your Own Christmas Window Display
An attractive Christmas window display can be a real customer draw, luring customers into your store who might not have stopped otherwise – customers who are in a festive, spending mood. Use these five Christmas window display tips to create your own Christmas window display.

Merry Christmas Tips for Type As
Are you the sort of person who finds it hard not to make or take calls during Christmas dinner? If so, you need these ten tongue-in-cheek rules for "Type A" people to ensure harmony in your household over the holiday season.

How to Increase Sales

Promote Your Business Now to Get Holiday Business
Read how one restauranter meets tougher drinking and driving laws head on with a clever marketing strategy and get ideas for your own business Christmas promotions.

Tips to Increase Christmas Sales
Four Christmas sales tips to entice shoppers into your store (and out of the big boxes).

Increase Christmas Sales by Gifting Your Customers
The competition for Christmas shopping dollars is fierce, so small retailers really have to go the extra mile to bring in Christmas sales. Here are five ideas for gifting your customers that will help increase Christmas sales and possibly increase customer loyalty, too.

Credit Card Fraud Behavior Tip-Offs
Credit card fraud tends to increase over the holiday season. One way that your business can help prevent credit card fraud is by ensuring that all your staff are aware of these suspicious behaviors that may indicate someone's about to try paying for a purchase with a counterfeit or stolen credit card.

8 Rules for Good Customer Service
Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business. These eight simple rules will ensure that your business becomes known for its good customer service and allow you to reap the benefits that good customer service provides.

Christmas Phone Tips
Kevin Baker, my1voice Product Marketing Manager for Protus, offers tips on how a virtual phone service can help keep your small business running during the holidays - and help provide some time to enjoy the holidays with your family as well.

Tips for Handling Returns
To make the store return a positive customer experience, you need to be sure both your return policy and your return process match your customer service goals. These tips for handling store returns will ensure you're providing customer service rather than disservice.

How to Increase Online Sales

11 Ways to Sell Online Well and Cash in on the Holiday Sales Boom
Learn how to sell online well and boost your revenues this holiday season with these tips from SAP Canada.

Explode Your Sales With an Internet Marketing Campaign
Successful holiday Internet marketing campaigns are within the reach of any business, no matter what your budget. Paula Polman shows you how to put together an affordable but extremely effective marketing campaign - in the space of a single dedicated day.

10 Ways to Increase Your eBay Holiday Sales
'eBay' and 'selling' are practically synonymous now, but that doesn't mean that you can just throw up a bunch of eBay listings and expect the money to roll in. "10 Ways to Increase Your eBay Holiday Sales" explains how to boost your eBay profits.

Business Gifts

The Business Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for gift ideas for a business person this holiday season or maybe, if you run your own business, something to add to your own gift wish list? This Business Holiday Gift Guide presents a selection of business gifts for holiday gift giving or receiving.

Top Business Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are an ideal way to say "thank you" and these business and corporate gift baskets will make your clients and/or employees think of you fondly long after the basket is empty.

Top Client Gifts
Giving business gifts to your clients lets them know that their patronage is important to you, and helps cement your business relationship - if you get the right gift. Impress them with these business gift ideas.

Top Small Business Gifts
When you buy a gift for business use, you get to enjoy the double benefits of enjoying a practical gift that will make every working day easier for you and your staff and of being able to write off a portion of the business gift's expense on your income tax. Here are ten business gift ideas.

Top Digital Voice Recorders
Digital voice recorders are the solution for busy business people. Whether you’re looking for a professional-grade digital recorder or just something to record meetings and ideas, here are the best digital voice recorders for business and professional use.

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