By Melanie Lasoff Levs
While the holidays might mean a decrease in business for many companies, many see an increase in sales and workload, including:
Chefs and caterers: One personal chef says due to working holiday parties, he makes 25 per cent of his money between November and January.
Hotels: Many homes can’t fit all the relatives that come in for the holidays, so where else would they go? Hotels are also popular for corporate and other holiday parties.
Therapists: Joyous for most, but holidays bring up unpleasant memories and great pain for others. Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and other counselors are often swamped with clients the last few months of the year.
Companies that send mail and packages: The mail system, including the post office and packaging companies like UPS, is inundated during the holiday season.
Tanning salons: Many do most of their business in the winter months, as it is too cold outside to naturally tan and people want to look their best at holiday parties.