Small Business Systems vs. Goals and Complying with GDPR – Small Business Show 173

small business systems and gdpr compliance




Why are systems more important for your Small Business than goals? Join us today for episode 173 of the Small Business Show to learn more about this awesome technique to accelerate your success.

After the systems discussion, we jump into details of the recently enacted GDPR privacy and data management laws enacted by the EU. Does your Small Business need to worry about the GDPR? You’ll want to listen in to find out if you do and how to comply.

Listen in for all this and more, then join us on the Small Business Support Group to share your thoughts!

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #173 for Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • 00:01:30 Goals vs. Systems
  • 00:07:12 Breakthroughs come from Systems
  • 00:07:58 Treat the carrot as the byproduct
  • 00:12:00 Your business is not THAT business, it’s YOUR business
  • 00:13:40 Contact Shannon and Dave: or Small Business Support Group
  • 00:13:52 The GDPR Talk
  • 00:18:38 The burden of GDPR
  • 00:21:02 The eventual poster child
  • 00:26:27 Act in Good Faith, Follow the Instructions
  • 00:28:06 Passwords are insufficient
  • 00:30:00 Protecting Customer Data and Privacy
  • 00:32:53 On the internet, we need speed limits, stop signs, and maybe even speed bumps
  • 00:35:58 SBS 173 Outtro

Essential Tools for Small Business Owners – Small Business Show 172

essential small business toolsWhat essential Small Business Tools can you not live without? Join us today on the Small Business Show to hear from Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton about the hardware, software and more they use to make their businesses run smoothly each day.

Check the show notes below for a list of tools we discuss and join us to hear in detail why we believe these are essential for our success.


Forging Small Business Relationships with Vendors and Suppliers – Small Business Show 171

forging small business vendor relationshipsThe strength of your relationships with vendors and suppliers is critically important for the success of your Small Business. What’s the best method and when is the right time for you to start these relationships? Join us on episode 171 of the Small Business Show to hear our tips about this topic and more!

Listen in and you’ll hear why timing is important and ways to make a human connection with all your vendors. Learn why Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton believe that a good personality fit is important and why you should not be looking for professional help when you really need it (like in an emergency). Taking the time to find the right vendors and support partners for your Small Business can make all the difference.

You’ll also hear how good communication can keep vendor relationships strong, how to leverage one good vendor to find another and the story behind why Shannon’s accountant fired him as a client!

Join us today for the Small Business Show and then share your comments on the Small Business Support Group!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #171 for Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • 00:01:00 We want you to come on the show:
  • 00:01:53 Forge Relationships with your Vendors
  • 00:03:11 Get on their radar
    • Use your affinity credit cards
  • 00:07:29 When shipping: Beware the fees!
  • 00:09:58 Find your vendors before you need them
  • 00:12:30 Find the right vendors that fit your business
  • 00:14:00 Create a litmus test
  • 00:17:03 Find a good graphics person
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  • 00:20:34 Keep your vendors up-to-date
  • 00:23:15 Shannon Got Fired! (by his accountant)
  • 00:24:43 Using Slack with your clients
  • 00:27:07 Don’t forget the humanity
  • 00:30:10 SBS 171 Outtro

Removing Obstacles to Your Small Business Success – Small Business Show 170

removing obstacles to small business successShould you cut corners to speed up starting a new business? If so, what corners can you safely cut that won’t create problems for you in the future? Join us today on the Small Business Show to get our take on what you should cut and what you should not!

We start this episode off with a rant from Dave about unreconciled accounts and leaving cash on your suppliers books (hint: don’t do this). Shannon discusses his experience with business people that didn’t think refunds should actually be, well refunded, and why the stuff you least enjoy doing (accounting, for example) might be just the stuff you need to pay the most attention to.

Our focus on this show is all about moving things forward. Not letting problems, delays or other peoples obstacles get in the way of your Small Business. Listen in and then join us at the Small Business Support Group to share your thoughts!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #170 for Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • 00:01:02 Whine: Not catching an unreconciled deposit…. For 2 years!
  • 00:07:30 Managing Refunds
  • 00:09:57 When accounting isn’t your favorite!
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  • 00:14:47 Cutting Corners – Taking the Liberty of Convenience
  • 00:20:51 Move things forward!
  • 00:23:25 Waiting for Permission is much worse than Taking the Wrong Action
  • 00:26:39 Our Small Business Support Group on Facebook
  • 00:28:50 aSBS 170 Outtro

The Power of Saying NO – Small Business Show 169

the power of saying no for your small businessLongtime listeners know that we believe that saying Yes more can help your personal brand and your business, but is there a point where saying No becomes more important? We think there is, and that part of your own Success Cycle is knowing when to say No and how it impacts your Small Business.

Join us today as Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton share their experiences using No to manage projects and take on just the tasks that will fuel your own achievement system.

We discuss the differences between saying no in your personal life and in your Small Business and how you can easily fool yourself into thinking you’ve being productive, rather than just filling up your schedule. You’ll also hear about ways to say no to the request, not to the person making it, how to use a “conditional yes” to manage situations and we’ll help you stand strong against prioritizing other people’s emergencies.

Join us today for all this and more on this episode of the Small Business Show. Then, visit the Small Business Support Group to share your thoughts, ask questions and join the conversation.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #169 for Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • 00:01:49 Shannon and Dave are here for the No Show
  • 00:02:59 The Personal “No”
  • 00:06:43 Managing your system
  • 00:09:24 The “Fill my Schedule” trap
  • 00:12:00 Procrastinating with Productivity
  • 00:14:53 Harvard Business Review: “Say no to the request, not the person”
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  • 00:22:04 Understanding the “Conditional Yes”
  • 00:25:30 Is someone else going to have to do the work?
  • 00:26:23 Do you have the confidence to say “no”?
  • 00:27:39 Prioritizing Other People’s Emergencies
  • 00:29:41 The Empowered “No”
  • 00:31:01 Sometimes Exceptions become policy
  • 00:35:55 SBS 169 Outtro