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Should Your Shop Be Open Christmas Eve?

This year Christmas is on a Friday, and Christmas Eve is historically not a big sales day for most, so shop owners have the opportunity to offer their staff a 4-day Christmas weekend if they close on Christmas Eve! Who wouldn’t want that?

This year Christmas is on a Friday, and Christmas Eve is historically not a big sales day for most, so shop owners have the opportunity to offer their staff a 4-day Christmas weekend if they close on Christmas Eve! Who wouldn’t want that?

However, to close and lose a day’s business, plus the burden of paying the staff, is expensive. So here’s a plan that should allow your staff to rule their own destiny – Hit the goal and they get an extra paid day off without costing the shop a dime; miss the goal and its business as usual on Christmas Eve.

December has 22 workdays, not counting Christmas Day. So if your sales goal for December is \$75K, and you divide by 22 work days, you will need about \$3409 per day to hit the goal. IF you close on Christmas Eve you will lose \$3409, so you must spread that would-be-lost \$3,409 out over the remaining 21 days by generating an extra \$162.33 per day in December (\$3,409/21=\$162.33), which raises the daily goal to \$3,571.33 (\$3,409 + \$162.33).