Now that summer has arrived, you as a business owner need to make sure you’re prepared for the flood of customers you typically get this time of year. Success starts with your staffing: are you armed with enough help to provide the best customer service possible? If not, these tips will help.

1. Hire TODAY.

If you haven’t already hired extra help for the summer, it’s imperative that you don’t delay in hiring! Many college students and people looking for work this time of year start their job hunt early and may already have positions, so if you want the best talent out there, don’t wait.

2. Hire More Than You Think You Need.

So many small businesses try to cut corners when it comes to employee costs to save a little cash, but what ends up happening is they end up short-staffed, and the business suffers. You won’t save money if you don’t hire adequate help, and in fact probably will lose it if you’re turning customers away due to lack of assistance.

3. Know What You’re Looking For.

It’s imperative that you know exactly what skills you need in a new employee. If you need someone to run sales at your shop, they should be friendly and outgoing and able to learn how to use your point-of-sale system. The more specific you are in your job description, the better your chances of finding exactly who you need.

4. Decide How Long You Need Them.

If you know sales triple from May to August, you probably only need temporary help. So make sure you specify that you’re hiring short-term only. This ensures you find people who are willing to work for a few months (students fit the bill nicely).

5. Make Sure You Have a Manager.

If you don’t plan to be around your business much this summer, make sure you’ve got someone to take on the manager’s role. It’s unwise to leave teenagers in charge of your business for many reasons (you can’t monitor them, risk of theft, etc.), and having someone stay on top of them will be well worth the investment.

6. Take Time to Train.

While you may be behind the curve in getting your staffing needs filled out for the summer, don’t shortchange your new hires by not spending time training them. You want to ensure their success (and ultimately yours), and you do that by making sure they know how to do their new jobs. Encourage questions and hands-on training.

7. Get Control of Your Scheduling.

Scheduling employees is enough of a challenge without tossing a few temp staff into the equation. Set up your rules at the beginning of the summer: if anyone needs time off, they must notify you weeks in advance (this is especially imperative for the Fourth of July, when everyone wants off!). Stay on top of schedule requests by using smart tools, like employee scheduling software.

8. Hold Regular Meetings

You give your staff the best chance to grow when you involve them in your company and check in with them regularly. Consider having a weekly meeting where you update them on what’s happening (like that bus of German tourists you’re expecting on the weekend) and check in to see what’s going on with them.

9. Be Supportive

Even if your business relationship ends at the finish of the summer, you still should be a good boss by providing feedback and encouragement to your staff. See one going above and beyond with a client? Give her a pat on the back.

10. Get Your Game Plan for Next Year.

Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t this year so that next year, you’re well-prepared far before summer starts. That way, you get your pick of the best staff (or even can invite back your best employees from this year) and can enjoy your summer of success.