Business Beware is the small business owner’s advocate that was created by a father/daughter duo who aren’t afraid to say “the customer is not always right.” We share stories from business owners who’ve been there, done that with the new entrepreneurs on the block. Our goal has always been and will be to help small businesses be better than they were yesterday. Learn more about where BB is headed and how you can get involved. Business BewareTumblr (3.0; @business-beware)/Moving Forward...<p>I just wanted to take a second and share something with our friends, fans and members. Months ago we lost a family member and a part of the BB family - my middle sister Rachel. Our family is very tight knit so as you can imagine it was a major blow to us and we are still trying to keep our head above water on some days. </p> <p>This caused us to put a halt on some things, including Business Beware. Usually where we responded things fairly quickly, we would take a few days longer to get back to someone. Is that right? Probably not but it&rsquo;s what we had to do to make it through but it also reminded us that it&rsquo;s okay to slow down. When your society is fast paced and your world just turned upside down while causing everything around you to stand still, all you can see is everyone moving around you. For those who have experienced the death of a loved one know exactly what we&rsquo;re talking about too. </p> <p>I just want to say that I apologize for updates to the site taking longer, slow to reply to emails and even our involvement with the show. BUT we are coming back strong and getting back in the swing of things. I just wanted to share why you haven&rsquo;t seen us around as much the past months as we deal with this major loss in our lives. We know we will see Rachel again - Praise the Lord. </p> <p>If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me ashley(at)/ </p> <p>-Ashley </p>/post/53195153165/post/53195153165Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:08:00 -0400lifewordsdeathbusinessfamilymotivationsmall businessbusiness bewaremotivationonedayatatimeiamamomandpop: Written, photographed and directed by: Robert...<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/55816833?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&app_id=122963" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" title="Fairstreet.com" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen></iframe><br/><br/><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iamamomandpop.com/post/40021648502/jeff-mable-smokehouse" target="_blank">iamamomandpop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Written, photographed and directed by: <a href="http://www.RobertHooman.com" target="_blank">Robert Hooman </a></p> <p>This video was produced to promote the crowd-funding platform, <a href="http://fairstreet.com" target="_blank">Fairstreet.com,</a> which is intended to help small businesses raise start-up and expansion capitol. When we were approached for this project, we thought we want to focus on the heart and passion behind a small business. After a few days of scouting Mom and Pop Shops throughout Brooklyn, we met Meghan and Jeff or Mable’s Smokehouse and decided they’d best represent our intentions and goals for this project. Plus, they were literally a mom and pop!</p> <p>Meghan and Jeff’s story was exactly the stuff that goes into starting one’s own business: love, passion and sacrifice, especially in this economic environment. The challenge after that was telling their story effectively.</p> <p>In only two weeks, this video has seen over 11,500 hits on youtube. Fortunately, social media, blogs and video are allowing small businesses to compete and prosper on their own, without the limits and expenses brought about by traditional TV and Magazine advertising. Thanks to youtube, videos like this can easily rake up hundreds of thousands of hits and help promote the business and drive customers to websites.</p> <p>- Robert Hooman </p> <p>Watch on <a href="http://bit.ly/V3SfI1" target="_blank">Youtube</a> or <a href="https://vimeo.com/55816833" target="_blank">Vimeo</a></p> </blockquote>/post/40053535153/post/40053535153Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:58:42 -0500inspiringvideobusinessmom and popshopfoodsmokehouserestaurantmotivationonedayatatimemotivationonedayatatime: Inspire others to better today than...<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/e3faa387f41af7e5900d25ec97f5a0db/tumblr_mf8h3dUm0B1roeifdo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://motivationonedayatatime.tumblr.com/post/38229216311/better-than-yesterday" target="_blank">motivationonedayatatime</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Inspire others to better today than they were yesterday. </p> </blockquote>/post/38276106850/post/38276106850Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:07:14 -0500quotequotesinspirationmotivationlifemotivationonedayatatimeHey Girl…<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/41800bc750f0000396028cceab7e17ba/tumblr_merrvjLDje1rqplqmo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>Hey Girl…</p>/post/37556769012/post/37556769012Sun, 09 Dec 2012 10:18:55 -0500ryan goslinghey girlryan gosling hey girlbigfoothumorchristmas lightschristmasactormascotchristmas sweaterugly sweaterfunny adjokehey girl quotequotesmotivationonedayatatimeBigfoot Christmas.<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mea1g3kV991rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Bigfoot Christmas.</p>/post/36847715025/post/36847715025Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:28:50 -0500humorfunnybigfootChristmasholidaysholiday cardmascotmotivationonedayatatimeBigfoot Christmas.<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me9jgySPOl1rqplqmo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>Bigfoot Christmas.</p>/post/36820775672/post/36820775672Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:00:33 -0500humorbigfootmarketingmascotfunnychristmas cardholidaysphotographyadvertisingbusinessanimalcardmotivationonedayatatimeiamamomandpop: I’ll admit, things have not been easy the past...<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdjng14BZX1ra1rkoo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iamamomandpop.com/post/35786892824/character" target="_blank">iamamomandpop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>I’ll admit, things have not been easy the past few years with our restaurant business nestled in Jersey. As a business owner, you always try and focus on the positive even if there’s more negative floating around in the mix. Also in business, you can never predict what might get thrown your way as you go along. This year, we received a curve ball that we may never recover from.</p> <p>Two words: <strong>Hurricane Sandy</strong></p> <p>I sit here typing this in the middle of a high school gym that we have basically been living in for the past few weeks. Right now, our house is gone and our restaurant too because of the storm. Your heart probably just sank a little bit didn’t it? Mine did too when morning came and I didn’t see a trace of either things that I’ve poured myself into for so many years…As I stood there trying to make sense of everything and how something like this could happen not only to me but everyone else around me, I went back to a memory of my father. He always use to tell me,<em> “Sam, you’re going to have many things in life if you work hard but don’t be fooled by thinking that any of it is really that important. What’s important is your character and how you act when things are not going your way. That is where people show their true character. So no matter what happens in life, take a moment, breathe and stand tall.”</em></p> <p>That’s exactly what I did. I took a moment to take it all in, took a deep breath and then stood tall. I immediately kicked in gear to help others around me that had also lost so much in the storm. It’s amazing how people come together when something terrible happens. Sometimes I think bad things happen to remind us that we are only human. I’ve had many ups and downs through running the restaurant but listen to me when I tell you this, enjoy what you do, work on your character every day and don’t be afraid to work hard. Your hard work might get wiped away by a hurricane one day but what you learn through hard work is persistence. Persistence is what will keep you going in the rough times. Also, never forget to help people. Money is not everything and if you think it is, you’re in business for all the wrong reasons. God Bless.</p> <p>I Am A Mom and Pop</p> <p>-Sam K.</p> <div><em>photo credit: <a href="#"nbcnews" target="_blank">NBC News instagram</a></em></div> </blockquote>/post/35811510819/post/35811510819Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:35:25 -0500inspiring photomotivationalcrisissandystormhurricaneflagamericadamagesmall businessphotographynbcnbc newsmotivationonedayatatimeiamamomandpop: “I don’t want things for free.”  <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mddv09luAY1ra1rkoo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iamamomandpop.com/post/35567579169/dont-want-for-free" target="_blank">iamamomandpop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>“I don’t want things for free.” </p> </blockquote>/post/35571538987/post/35571538987Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:40:14 -0500businessinspirationmotivationphotographycowboysmall businessbootsjeanslifequotesmotivationonedayatatime“A good customer is like bacon. They make everything...<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md6bnqgHPd1rqplqmo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>“A good customer is like bacon. They make everything better.” via <a href="#"bodisms" target="_blank">@bodisms</a></p>/post/35271368406/post/35271368406Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:45:26 -0500bodismsquotequoteshumorcustomerscustomer servicebusinesslaughfunnybaconwordsentertainingbusiness bewaremotivationonedayatatimeDon’t overcomplicate life. <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md4m89E4oj1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Don’t overcomplicate life. </p>/post/35206677715/post/35206677715Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:38:32 -0500lifequotesquotelakesigncountryoutdoorsmotivationinspiringwordstextmotivationonedayatatimeStalking Donald Trump…<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcv73wjMJd1rqplqmo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>Stalking Donald Trump…</p>/post/34830041357/post/34830041357Fri, 02 Nov 2012 10:33:32 -0400humordonald trumpsocial mediatweetstwittersocialfamilytv showradiobusinessquotescartoonmotivationonedayatatimeBig thanks to our friend Jennifer Conway for the BB pumpkin! <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcrgb6xspR1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Big thanks to our friend <a href="#"jennifer.conway1984" target="_blank">Jennifer Conway</a> for the BB pumpkin! </p>/post/34700717556/post/34700717556Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:01:51 -0400halloweenpumpkindesignbusiness bewarecostumewordscarved pumpkinscarymotivationonedayatatimeWhat would you say?<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcq1495L4a1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>What would you say?</p>/post/34649430137/post/34649430137Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:36:08 -0400voicequotesinspiringcameravideostudiobusinessspeakingchangemotivationalmotivationonedayatatimeiamamomandpop: Truth.  <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcaoqrNiTw1ra1rkoo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://iamamomandpop.com/post/34097008032/getting-here-was-expensive" target="_blank">iamamomandpop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Truth. </p> </blockquote>/post/34297754600/post/34297754600Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:01:39 -0400truthquotesmotivationbusinessdoctormedicalmotivationonedayatatime“CustoMonsters cannot be pleased. I’m just...<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcgex5nI1m1rqplqmo1_500.png"/><br/><br/><p>“CustoMonsters cannot be pleased. I’m just sayin…”</p>/post/34297626404/post/34297626404Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:58:17 -0400customerscustomer servicesmall businesshumorcartoonwordsquotesbusiness humorbusiness bewaremotivationonedayatatimeBe open to change.<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc9txrD3PC1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Be open to change.</p>/post/34072005055/post/34072005055Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:39:27 -0400changechaptersinspiringphotostudiocoffeecupbusinesslifequotesmotivationonedayatatime<3<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc577inU2k1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p><3</p>/post/33891980139/post/33891980139Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:38:06 -0400todaydifferenceinspiremotivationcoffeecupcomputertechphotophotographybusinessquotesmotivationonedayatatimeTake time to stop and listen. <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbznzi1YLw1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Take time to stop and listen. </p>/post/33707159931/post/33707159931Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:54:53 -0400quotesoceanwaterbeachfloridainspiringlifebusinesssmall businessi am a mom and popwordslistenmotivationonedayatatimeMake it happen.<img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mby2uqUYGh1rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Make it happen.</p>/post/33648012355/post/33648012355Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:20:50 -0400wordsideasphotographybusinessinspirequotesboxposterlifemotivationonedayatatimeEnjoy life. <img src="https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbxu8v7yI21rqplqmo1_500.jpg"/><br/><br/><p>Enjoy life. </p>/post/33639947583/post/33639947583Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:14:55 -0400lifequoteswordswateroceanphotographybusinesslife quotesuccessworki am a mom and popmotivationonedayatatime