The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but if you are running your own small business during the most hectic time of the year, you are bound to be even more susceptible to overwhelm. I asked a few of my favorite successful business owners and makers what they do to keep things in perspective and under control during the holiday rush. Their answers had a very consistent theme to them. There are no magic tricks here, just simple ideas to keep you on track.

Start early!

Successful sellers say that by getting a jump on ordering supplies and filling inventory, the holidays will run a little smoother. Shannon Conrad (rubygirl) says that she tries to have all of her supplies ordered by the beginning of November:

“By ordering early, I have the luxury of searching out the best price for these items and can choose the cheapest (slow) shipping options. By planning ahead, you will save time and money, not to mention a lot of stress.” (more…)