Indie Friend In The Wall Street Journal

Congratulations to Indie Beauty Network member Renee Deal of Deal Farm Soap in Massachusetts! Renee and her business are featured in today's Wall Street Journal's Startup Journal. Renee is married with a 2-year old son. She makes her fabulous goat milk bath and body products in a basement factory located in her home. I gave Deal Farm's "Positively Pampered Lavender Collection" to a … [Read more...]

There But For The Grace of God Goes Indie

I love doing business with other Indies. That's why I was so glad to find David at the Mail & More franchise location in my new hometown in suburban North Carolina. My office and home are co-located in a rural area and the post office is quite a distance away. Mail & More is two doors down from the local grocery store so it's a cinch to shop for my family, and mail for my business … [Read more...]

Trade Show Magic

Last week, I delivered the keynote address at the Conference of Handcrafted Soap Makers in St. Louis. While there, I met with Susan Ryhanen of Saipua in New York. Susan (pictured, left, with Sima Dadamiya of Jumana Handmade Products in the United Kingdom) is a member of the Indie Beauty Network and a savvy trade show veteran. Saipua's soaps have been featured in Martha Stewart's Blueprint … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Be Indie

I - Income. Indie business owners define and generate wealth on their own terms. N - Newsworthy. Indie business owners create "buzz" as they simultaneously pursue their passions, help others and support themselves and their families. D - Destiny. Indie business owners don't rely on traditional means of income to define, create and control their destinies. Often, they are women with … [Read more...]

What? Another Blog?!

I know, I know. It's my third blog. But this time, I hired a blogging consultant, to help me. I listened to my interviews with blogging experts who have been guests on my Indie Business Podcast, including Debbie Weil and Jerry Hart, and read their books. And last but not least, my husband has joined me in business, and his talents as a photographer, videographer and editor are going to be put … [Read more...]