Hiring for your Small Business – Small Business Show episode 177

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Hiring the right person for your Small Business is critically important. Hire wrong and you could be making a very expensive mistake. Join us today on the Small Business Show as we discuss the where, when and how of hiring.

Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have hired hundreds of employees for their businesses during their careers. Listen in to hear tips on where to find qualified candidates, how to make sure you actually need to hire in the first place and what steps to take during the hiring process to insure you get the right person for the job.

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #177 for Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • 00:02:41 Cory asks: Where, When, and How to Hire?
    • Hire slowly, fire quickly
  • 00:03:53 Where to hire?
  • 00:09:09 Communicate your culture to attract the right people
  • 00:10:26 What’s the value add?
  • 00:13:19 Do you need to hire?
  • 00:15:02 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at https://simplecontacts.com/sbs or enter SBS at checkout
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  • 00:18:20 How to Hire?
    • Test to see how people handle situations
  • 00:20:56 Use the litmus test to sell your company to candidates
  • 00:22:30 Salary history… if you can!
  • 00:24:13 Test communication through the entire process
  • 00:27:00 Double-team interviewing
  • 00:28:37 What’s one thing I should remember about you?
  • 00:30:20 The power of silence
  • 00:31:50 The offer: your time to sell!
  • 00:33:51 Don’t skip new-hire orientation!
  • 00:35:43 Contact us! feedback@businessshow.co
  • 00:36:15 SBS Outtro

Building Trust and Using Referrals to Grow Your Small Business – Bjorn Burnett Interview– Small Business Show 176

building trust and referrals for small business

As Small Business owners, building and keeping trust with potential and existing customers is critical to our success. Join us today on the Small Business Show for an interview with Bjorn Burnett, a Small Business owner in the insurance and financial planning field.

Bjorn has transitioned to a 2nd career in the insurance and finance field and shares how he came up with a system to add value to clients to gain referrals and then convert those referrals to future clients.

Listen into the show, then ask questions and comment in the Small Business Support Group. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #176 for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • 00:00:42 Second (or third!) career
  • 00:01:17 Interview: Bjorn Burnett
  • 00:02:30 Putting out fires… and not the business kind!
  • 00:03:00 What else can I do with my life?
  • 00:05:06 Made my own stupid financial decisions… and then took a class
  • 00:06:12 What does it take to be an advisor?
  • 00:06:37 The reality of not making any money right away
  • 00:08:43  Preparing for the Cash Flow Shift
  • 00:12:00 The Referral Key
    • “Bring us 300 People to Call”
  • 00:13:22 Discipline and Consistency: Be Prepared to Ask for the Referral
  • 00:15:34 Add Value First
  • 00:17:42 Become a therapist – Get used to heavy conversations
  • 00:18:56 How do you build trust?
  • 00:22:10 Consistency in approach across multiple clients
  • 00:23:07 Identify the idea client
  • 00:24:46 Favorite mistake?
  • 00:27:45 Expanding to the non-local solopreneur
  • 00:29:03 SBS Outtro

Finding and Keeping Initiative for Your Small Business – Small Business Show 175

small business initiativeGetting started with your Small Business can be challenging. Finding the initiative to power through obstacles is a critically important step on your path towards Small Business world domination. Join us today to hear our tips on startup initiative as well as steps to keep initiative going when you get in a slump and how to keep the fire of initiative lit with your employees’ and partners.

We have talked about creating your own reality and “tricking” your brain to turn it into a machine that will propel you to success when you’re just getting started, but what about when you hit the inevitable “rut” of running your Small Business? We can help you with that, as well.

And then there’s the people around you, your employees’ and partners that you may have to re-charge their initiative from time to time. Listen in and hear how your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have kept that fire lit over the years.

How about you? Share your experience, your tips and ask questions in the Small Business Support Group. Join 300+ Small Business owners, get and give help and find ways to rekindle that initiative we’re all looking for.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #175 for Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • 00:02:22 Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know
  • 00:03:42 Shannon’s Get-Started List
    • Pretend there are no barriers
    • Unlimited Resources
  • Don’t let “common sense” to get in your way
  • 00:06:00 Share carefully
    • Share your ideas with Shannon and Dave – feedback@businessshow.co
  • 00:07:53 Getting out of a rut
    • Make a Task List
    • Manage Yourself
  • 00:11:31 Use Calculus every day
  • 00:12:00 When The River of Momentum Dries up
    • Write it down!
  • 00:13:33 Create a success list
  • 00:14:30 Look at your system
  • 00:15:43 The time to talk
  • 00:18:03 Be comfortable being vulnerable
  • 00:19:33 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at https://simplecontacts.com/sbs or enter SBS at checkout
  • 00:21:18 SPONSOR: Visit TextExpander.com/podcast for 20% off your first year.
  • 00:22:58 Creating initiative in others
  • 00:26:15 Changing/Breaking Habits
  • 00:29:11 Have the freedom to talk freely with your partners
  • 00:31:13 What is your passion project?
    • Fuel sideways thinking
    • Employee success lists
  • 00:34:49 Give people autonomy
  • TextExpander for Controlled Autonomy
  • 00:37:43 SBS 175 Outtro

How to End a Small Business Partnership – Small Business Show 174

ending a small business partnership

What happens if your Small Business partnership fails? What is the best way to handle ending a partnership to avoid a major battle and to keep your focus on the continued success of your company? Join us today on the Small Business Show to hear how Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton have ended partnerships without destroying friendships, finances and entire businesses.

So, you’re a regular listener to the Small Business Show, followed our advice and created your own reality with a thriving business and have started to live a Charmed Life when out nowhere, your business partner begins to lose interest and stops managing their part of the business. Despite your best attempts to fix the problem, you’ve come to the conclusion that ending the partnership is the only way to save your Small Business. How do you proceed?

On this episode of the Small Business Show, we discuss some creative ways to end a partnership while respecting all parties involved.

Listen in and then visit the Small Business Support Group to comment and share your own tips!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #174 for Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • 00:01:43 “Almost halfway there”
  • 00:04:35 Creating your own reality
  • 00:05:01 “You’re almost finished!”
  • 00:05:36 About our sponsorships, and benchmarks of success
  • 00:07:33 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at https://simplecontacts.com/sbs or enter SBS at checkout
  • 00:09:22 SPONSOR: GoDesignerGo.com/SBS – SBS50
  • 00:10:54 end sponsor block
  • 00:10:54 Ending a partnership
  • 00:12:43 Don’t skip the Working Agreement
  • 00:14:03 Approach is everything
  • 00:15:06 Make the business and the end of it real
  • 00:18:25 Side business can suffer lack of attention
  • 00:20:00 Find an internal mediator
  • 00:20:34 Separate personal loyalty from business loyalty
  • 00:23:34 Don’t carry animosity
  • 00:25:15 Work on it together – “Same side of the table”
  • 00:27:30 Before hiring an attorney, talk through an earn out
  • 00:31:28 The value of walking away for $1
  • 00:33:41 Communication is key
  • 00:36:14 SBS 174 Outtro – feedback@businessshow.co