While the hotter times of the year can be among the slowest for many small businesses - especially tax franchises, whose busiest time is in the spring - TheStreet.com reports that business owners can also take advantage of those months to be better prepared for the rest of the year.

To combat the lagging productivity many owners get from their employees during a slower period, the site suggests creating a new project such as reorganizing the office or coming up with new ways to make the company more efficient. Doing so will help the company be better prepared in the future.

Small business owners can also take advantage of slower times to reflect on their past achievements and plan for future goals. The site says that for companies that are busiest during the spring, summer can be a time to regroup and work to better understand what worked and what didn't over the past few months.

To help combat slower sales during a particular time of year, the Savannah Morning News recommends that business owners try to negotiate an altered rent agreement with their landlords. Paying a higher rent during busier times, and lower rent at other times helps business owners maintain proper cash flow and keep landlords happy because tenants aren't struggling to pay.

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