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It’s Not Too Late

Preparing Your Business for This Holiday Season

It’s upon us – the Holiday Season! Frantic marketing, discount sales planning, festive decor, events, AND making time for our families and personal well-being. Business owners have a lot on their plate in general, but Holidays can throw a wrench in even the most well-oiled process if it isn’t planned and executed well – we can help with the planning AND the funding!

Now, before the holidays get hectic, is the perfect time to plan ahead for success. Many experienced business owners start this planning process in June or July! Don’t worry, if you waited too long, or just started your business, you can still get your affairs in order with our quick guide to the basics to get you through this season and prepare you for the next:

1. Order supplies

Check last year’s orders to anticipate how much of basic supplies you’ll need, whether that’s shipping supplies and packaging, paper towels and toilet paper for your restrooms, or branded gift cards for holiday shoppers. If this is your first year in business, your network may be able to guide you through your first holiday ordering season. Remember to order soon to avoid rush shipping charges later in the season. Being prepared can help you meet your customers’ needs with ease.

2. Holiday Schedules

If you didn’t already plan this out, now’s the time to determine your holiday operating hours (make sure to update social media platforms with these as well). Will you be open longer than usual? Do you plan to close your business for a few days? Be sure to tell your staff about holiday hours, and explain your expectations of them during the holiday season. Ask your team to request any holiday time off by a certain date, so you can plan employee schedules accordingly.

3. Extra Inventory / Staff

The last thing you want is to run out of product or staff at a time with such a high sales opportunity. Anticipate holiday orders by manufacturing additional product or placing orders with your vendors. Your suppliers are under their own pressure, and they may have ordering deadlines to get product to you in time for the holidays. Mark these deadlines on a calendar you can see easily so these ordering deadlines don’t pass you by. If your business provides a service, make sure you have extra staff on standby if needed, or backup vendors to make sure everything runs flawlessly. 

4. Holiday Website Format

Give your business website a once-over to make sure it’s ready for a busy holiday season. Is the design tidy and easy to use? Can customers easily find your most popular products or services? Does your ecommerce checkout work smoothly? Are your holiday hours updated? If you’re the person who works on your website most often, hand this task to a staffer or a trusted friend. They’ll be able to spot the issues you might miss.

5. Get Festive!

Even if you feel like the Grinch when it comes to holidays, add a little extra flair to help stand out from the crowd during this busy season. Your whole team can get involved: plan a late-night or early-morning decorating party. Order takeout for your team, play festive music (or regular music, for the Grinches among us), and transform your business in a matter of hours. Remember to check corners for cobwebs and dust your fixtures to help your merchandise shine.

6. Holiday Marketing

Why will customers want to spend time at your small business this holiday season? What makes you unique? Determine the answer, and build a marketing campaign around it. Maybe you have the best selection in town. Maybe your pumpkin spice desserts are coveted all year long. Maybe your customer service can solve any shopping conundrum. Build your holiday marketing about what makes your business stand out from the crowd.

Don’t forget to plan for Small Business Saturday on November 30th! Kick off the Holiday Season by adding your business to the Shop Small map now, and take advantage of free promotional materials available to small businesses. More than 112 million customers reported shopping on this day celebrating small businesses last year!

Bigger Budgets are Necessary for the Holidays!

With all the preparation, you have to factor in the budget. Why? Because you have to spend money to make money, and the Holiday Season is all about utilizing the increase to your best interest. Marketing pushes, extra inventory, extra staffing, emergency funding – it’s all part of an effective Holiday strategy. Apply with us today to see what type of cushion we can provide for the holidays!

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Forget to Plan Your “Teamsgiving”?

Don’t stress, it’s not too late and we can help.

Cooking up a great meal for a Thanksgiving feast is something we are quite accustomed to, however, putting together an office celebration can quickly become a daunting task. It sneaks up on you, just like the holiday season itself – but making sure to plan teambuilding events and recognizing the holidays are one of the biggest best ways to boost morale around the office. Have you forgotten to plan a little shindig for your team? Not to worry, we have some tips to help you put together a great gathering just in time!

Make It Interactive

Instead of relying on the age-old catered lunch, try doing something that will get the whole team to participate and bring them together. “Teamsgiving” is a popular new trend where each team member provided a potluck item and was assigned another member to present with a personalized gift of thanks. No need to break the bank – have employees make creative gifts for each other that show appreciation. Plus, it’s much more personal than your typical Visa gift card.

“Thank You” Wall

What better way to let people know they are appreciated, than to create a wall where the team members are encouraged to share what they are thankful for in each other. It’s as easy as a few packs of Post-It Notes, and starting the trend by writing one for as many of your team members as possible. Try to make sure everyone is being included, and if someone is missing a “thanks”, create the note yourself. This is a perfect chance to boost the confidence and recognize some of those team members who maybe need a little extra boost during the season. These acts of kindness go a long way. 

Storytime

Remember that play in elementary school where you had to dress up and tell the story of Thanksgiving? This year, try telling your own story instead. Recruit a few team members to help you write and perform your company’s story in front of coworkers. Dress up, include some company jokes, ask for audience interaction – make it a fun and fresh way to celebrate your company’s history.

Festive Games

Having your employees compete in Thanksgiving-related games can be a great way to bring the holiday spirit to your office thanksgiving celebration. Try Pumpkin Bowling – find the roundest pumpkin you can, set up “pins” (toilet paper rolls, paper towels, water bottles, etc.) in the parking lot or hallway, and have a company-wide tournament. Present the winners with festive prizes like a turkey or homemade pumpkin bread.

Giving

We tend to focus on the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving, which is excellent, but the holidays are also a perfect opportunity to give back to the community, especially to those who may find it difficult to find things to be thankful for. This can be done in a multitude of ways, including; volunteer time at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter; collecting food and hygiene items for those in need, sponsoring a community event, or sharing your expertise to help those who are looking to get into your industry. 

This year, taking the time to show thanks for your employees and give back to your community is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. And, it will make your turkey dinner taste that much sweeter.

We’d love to hear about your office Thanksgiving celebration with your team! Tag our Instagram account @unsecuredfinances to show us your creative office Thanksgiving celebrations. 

Bigger Budgets are Necessary for the Holidays!

With all the preparation, you have to factor in the budget. Why? Because you have to spend money to make money, and the Holiday Season is all about utilizing the increase to your best interest. Marketing pushes, extra inventory, extra staffing, emergency funding, holiday events- it’s all part of an effective Holiday strategy. Apply with us today to see what type of cushion we can provide for the holidays!

Looking to Start a Business?

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

4 Terrifying Truths About Starting Your Own Company


With some of that spookiness still creeping in from Halloween, it’s a perfect time to talk about one more frightening topic; The Terrifying Truths About Starting Your Own Company. From leaving traditional 9-to-5 jobs to being unsure of when your first big business deals will come in, first-time founders must overcome many challenges that their corporate counterparts will not face in their careers. That’s why we are addressing these scary truths face-to-face. 

1. Being Your Own Boss

Getting out from under the structure of a boss can be an empowering and wonderful new step leading you into your new adventure. However, once you begin the process of starting your business and realizing that you have to lean on yourself and build the new structure, it can be a frightening realization. However, you can find comfort in this fact; every new business owner experiences this feeling. It comes along with the risk of venturing out on your own, but rest assured that the rewards that come after are well worth your brief feelings of anxiety. Focus is key, making sure you keep your eyes on your goals and all the benefits you will reap. 

2. Leaping Into a New Industry With No Safety Net

Many new business owners run into obstacles in the startup process, especially when it comes to cash flow. You are your own source of income now, and new business owners need to be able to create a business plan that will anticipate and account for certain common obstacles that occur during the startup process. The best way to prepare for new business ownership is to acquire sufficient funding based on your business plan and the needs you can anticipate. Other options include side-hustles to ensure that you can make your financial obligations while getting your business off the ground. 

 3. Needing Clients Immediately

Building up a clientele takes time for any new business. You may be lucky enough to have a small foundational amount to build upon, but either way it’s about creating an ongoing, evolving strategy to keep efforts running to bring on new clients or customers. Marketing, lead generation, and SEO are all the types of efforts that any new or existing business owner needs to put into place to make sure they are bringing in all the business they can. Depending on your budget, you can learn to start these efforts on your own or hire a marketing professional to really accelerate your growth. Investing in your business marketing is vital, which is why we work with business owners to get the most funding we can to help their business grow. 

4. Fearing the Unknown

Unexpected overhead, lack of clients, malfunctioning equipment, failed strategies – many things can pop up when you are starting your business. Even with all the research that you can conduct, some issues can arise out-of-the-blue. Setting up a fund to help deal with any problems that could arise is the best way you can prepare for the unknown. 

Face your fears and start your business TODAY!

Whatever the obstacle is that a new business owner could come up against, the best way to combat them is through planning, anticipation and preparation. Take the time to research and create an in-depth business plan that accounts for any issues that could arise. 

With the opportunities for small businesses booming, why wait another moment. What else is keeping you down? Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584