Blue Apron Review – After One Month

November 3rd, 2013 by Nina Yablok Business & Law No responses

I am famous (or infamous) for my attraction to bright shiny objects.  Getting all excited about a new piece of software, new toy or new service and then getting bored or finding the bugs after a little while is typical for me.  So I would have bet that I’d be done with Blue Apron after [...] Continue Reading…

The Horror!! The Grief A Minority Shareholder Can Cause.

September 11th, 2012 by Nina Yablok Business & Law No responses

The majority owners (founders) and directors of privately held corporations in California have a responsibility to minority shareholders. Normally all of the shareholders are friends and all have a “one for all, all for one” attitude. But occasionally a privately held company finds itself with a less friendly minority shareholder. This article discusses how to live with such a shareholder. Click on the Article title for the whole story.

Thanks Twitter – Problem resolved

July 30th, 2012 by Nina Yablok Business & Law No responses

I hesitated starting on my attempt at contacting Twitter using social media. I wrote my original post last week and kept on waiting to see if someone from Twitter would contact me. Today when the infringing account was suspended, I hoped my entreaties to have someone contact me were working. But when I emailed Twitter [...] Continue Reading…

Hey Twitter – can someone please write me a letter #RespondTwitter

July 30th, 2012 by Nina Yablok Business & Law No responses

  I’ve been trying to clear up a problem for a client involving a Twitter account. The story of my failure to get anything but automated responses is posted here.

A Plethora of New Labor Laws for 2012

January 17th, 2012 by Nina Yablok Business & Law No responses

It’s not a big surprise that Governor Brown’s administration has passed a whole slew of labor laws.  Employers in California will have to comply with these new laws starting January 1, 2012 in most cases.  The following is the briefest of summaries of the laws most likely to impact small California employers.  If you have [...] Continue Reading…

Happy Anniversary To Me and My Website

November 8th, 2011 by admin Business & Law No responses

It was 15 years ago today that I reserved the URL and started to put up my first website. Although the Way Back Machine doesn’t have the images of my first website back in 1996, you can see how much has remained the same.   It was fun to see that I was still being [...] Continue Reading…

How to make more money, compete more effectively but not have to risk a dime?

August 10th, 2011 by admin Alternative Work Styles, Business & Law, Business Basics, Stick Around 'Til the Turn Around No responses

While flexible work hours have become more common, flexible work arrangements can be a boon to small businesses. Being able, and willing to allow moms time to run to school when their kids get in trouble, or anyone time to meet the plumber in an emergency, can allow you to attract and keep employees who [...] Continue Reading…

OK, now THIS is a funny scam

July 7th, 2011 by admin Business & Law, Scams No responses

As some of you know, I try to post scams that have to do with small businesses in California. Usually they are actually legitimate, if somewhat slimy businesses that send letters that look like official State of California documents asking for 10 to 20 times the filing fee for very basic corporate documents. I hate [...] Continue Reading…

Defending Your Online Reputation

June 15th, 2011 by admin Business & Law No responses

When people lived in small villages, and merchant A said something rude to consumer B, the gossip mill carried that information to the edge of town, and sometimes beyond. Then cities grew, mail order houses proliferated, and you could have customers angry with you and no one knew.

Now, if you have a problem with a customer, it’s back to the gossip mill, but this time the gossip mill is electronic, immediate and potentially permanent. Irate customers can open a website just to complain about you or your business; post a bad review on any number of “post your review” websites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor, AngiesList or many others; or post their rant on their weblog. And it’s very scary when you see that happen.

Dealing With Difficult People Online

June 8th, 2011 by admin Business & Law, Gotta Love the Internet No responses

When you walk down the street and see someone acting a bit strangely do you go over and say “Hey, buddy, you’re sure acting strangely?” Or do you walk past them quickly, or even cross the street? What if they yell (or even mutter) an obscenity? Most people do walk by, and for good reason. [...] Continue Reading…