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Closed on Mondays

by Dana Huval, Huval's Boot and Shoe Repair,

Crowley, LA

Would you like a day off? Why not give yourself Mondays off. The easiest way to achieve this is to close your shop on Mondays. I know what you’re thinking; “I cannot afford to close on Mondays!” That is what I thought too, but my customers have adjusted. Now they come in on Tuesdays and it works out fine.

Many shoe repair shops have started closing on Mondays and their business has not differed a bit. Mondays can now be your designated day off for doctor’s appointments, going to the bank and running personal errands. It even gives you a chance to have a long weekend.

I decided to start closing on Mondays three years ago and have looked forward to every Monday since. Previously I was open all day Monday through Friday half of the day Saturday. That November, I got really tired and overwhelmed with work and just got moody. Going to work was not what I wanted it to be. You could say working six days a week for 20 years just burned me out.

I put a sign on the window that, starting that January 1, my new hours would be Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until noon. When I get a chance to open earlier, I do.

I must admit it has been a wonderful experience closing on Mondays. I fully take advantage of it and it has even allowed me to volunteer a few hours on Monday afternoons.

Take a note from your barber and hair dressers. They have always used Mondays to go get their supplies for the week. We can have the luxury on having the day all to ourselves. I know we are all worth it.

Take care of yourselves.
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