Small Business GDPR
You've heard about GDPR. You're perhaps wondering if your small business is affected by GDPR, and if it is what happens next?
This page will help you put your mind to rest about some of the big questions you have about GDPR.
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Does my small business "have" to comply with GDPR?
As a small business owner that likes to comply with the law, and trade legally then you should explore your compliance options
What if my small business doesn't collect GDPR related data?
I can understand if you're a retailer that you might think that you don't need to comply with GDPR. If you process payments then you're collecting data. If you've got a website then you'll be collecting IP addresses etc in your analytics programs. And if you're a mobile hairdresser and you call your clients back... Well that number is personal information and you're processing data!
As you can see from the examples above there are many ways a small business owner processes data without even realising.
I've heard the fines are huge if I don't comply with GDPR
Yes, there are a lot of scare tactics around GDPR and lots of marketers are talking a lot about the fines for non-compliance. The Information Commisioners Office (ICO) isn't going to be chasing small businesses and fining them or putting them in prison. They will be investigating businesses that are reported to them. If your competition are mean, or a customer thinks you're not looking after their data then you could be in trouble. Trouble that costs you time and money, likely to be around 4% of your turnover. It's just a stressful inconvenience that you can do without, so compliance makes sense.
What does GDPR compliance look like?
GDPR compliance looks different for each business owner. Sorry, but there's no one-size fits all. There are several things you can do to show your making your business GDPR compliant. This includes things like an audit (not the kind the tax office do, so don't break out into a cold sweat), it's about having the right policies in place to protect your business, and showing how you look after the data in your business. In fact, smart business owners like you see GDPR as an opportunity!
How is GDPR an opportunity?
Consumers care about their privacy. They like to know they're protected when they work with your business. Think about it for a moment... Would you work with a business owner that had no privacy policies, contracts or encryption of your private details, or the business owner that cares for your data and ensures that no one gets their hands on it and does naughty things with it?
Do I have to change supliers?
In protecting your customer's data, you'll put your suppliers under the microscope. This means you will ask questions and see how they look after the information you're sending to them. If they don't look after your customer data, or it's not encrypted or secure, then you can explore what your options are to ensure your business data is looked after.
Will I get the contracts I need to be compliant?
There are aspects of GDPR that are not fully thought out yet. This means any contracts that we give you right now will be out of date before the regulations change... Ouch. We don't want to sell you things you cannot use. That would be unethical and it's just not who KoffeeKlatch is as fellow small business owners themselves. But what you will do is discover what you need to put together the information you need on your websites, your email lists and in other places. In our supportive Facebook group you can ask all the questions you like, so you can tailor things precisely to YOUR customers for YOUR Business.
Will you give me GDPR Templates?
I understand that you're busy running your business, but the problem is if you bolt on templates or contracts that don't fit your business then you're setting yourself up to fail. You and your business wouldn't look professional if I gave you agreements, contracts and templates that fit a business with premises if you're a mobile hairdresser.
You don't need a standard policy, you want one that fits you and your business perfectly, and what's more it will be uniquely protecting your business. KoffeeKlatch will co-create your business templates on your terms. Our clients love this aspect of working with us.
As you can see there's a lot to think about..
You've probably heard all the scary stories around GDPR in fact, you may be wondering how you're going to audit your content, gain consent (and even know what consent is in some cases). You will be wondering if you can still use email marketing and what to do with your current email lists - are they compliant? Could they be compliant with GDPR? And if they're not, what do you do with them?
What do you need to get your Small Business on the right track?
You need the KoffeeKlatch GDPR Small Business Pack. As a business veteran of 38 years, let me tell you not everything is plain sailing in business when it comes to new laws. You need support and guidelines to protect your business, your personal boundaries and to keep everything running smoothly.
There's a lot that you're expected to know, but the good news is KoffeeKlatch will help you with this. You're not going drown in a sea of legal documentation, and you'll find your clients love this aspect of your small business. In fact, many small business owners find that the correct contracts help them grow their business and keep them GDPR compliant
Become a member of the most supportive GDPR group
You will join us and other small business owners to go through a supportive collaborative process that will work for you.
We are not here to frighten you. Our group works together to help you get ready for GDPR in a way that is appropriate to how you work as a small business owners. You'll love our groups of industry related business owners that work together collaboratively.
What does GDPR support for Small Business Owners cover?
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Smart small Business Owners love the amount of time saved and the lack of confusion around GDPR and Data Protection.
- A simple structured audit of the data you hold (what is data anyway)?
- How to secure data, how to share it appropriately and securely
- How to handle consent (when the final details are published)
- What your responsibilities are as a business owner
how you handle your own data
- Help your clients get ready too
- Where your data is located - do you know where your software keeps it?
- How this affects the way you set up webinars (free and paid)
- What this does to your lead magnet sequence
where consent and double opt-ins are vital?
- How this affects online groups and membership clubs.
- How you handle clients' data (and the clients!)
- And more as our group ask questions and move towards GDPR
The best time to start preparing to become GDPR compliant was 2 years ago. The next best time is now!
KoffeeKlatch create superb agreements and contracts for online business owners. This is because they also are an online business. They get the subtle nuances of online, and understand the language perfectly and say eloquently what needs to be said - firmly and fairly. I highly recommend you get your online contracts here.