How to Sell When You Hate Selling

Wouldn't it be great if you could sell your products with confidence and success, even if you think you hate selling? Well, you can. But it starts with one basic requirement. Stop selling. Seriously, it's not as hard as you think, especially when you embrace an approach that not only allows you to sell more products, but also increases your enjoyment of the process. Here are 5 strategic … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 64: Michael McPolin of Birch & Main [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 64 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Michael McPolin of Birch & Main in Port Jefferson, New York. Michael has tons of professional experience in the retail world. When you combine that with his passion for shopping (he can't stop), it will be clear why his retail store is a huge success. Michael started his business in 2012. He quit … [Read more...]

How to Find Mentors to Help You Grow Your Business

I have been mentoring women for nearly 20 years, and I have been mentored all my life. But not in the ways you might think. You might think that I've been surrounded by mentors who meet with me personally (and for free) over a leisurely meals to school me in the ways of the entrepreneurship. While that has happened a time or two, in general, I have been mentored not because people took the time to … [Read more...]

Announcing Maker Mastermind™ Circles

I am excited today to announce that applications are open for the first Maker Mastermind™ Circles. A Maker Mastermind Circle is a community of two or more similarly situated, like-minded Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs who gather regularly to address and solve their biggest business challenges, and celebrate success together. Together, you and your Maker Mastermind Leader and carefully curated … [Read more...]

Artisan Product of the Year 2018: Winners

I am pleased to announce the 2018 Artisan Products of the Year! Our winners were selected by our three amazing Influencer Judges: Damaris Lewis, Jaime Schmidt, and Sommer Poquette. If you missed the overview of the Artisan Product of the Year Awards, what they stand for, and why they are so important in the Artisan and Maker communities, you can read it here. Skin Care • Bath & Body • … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Sommer Poquette: The Clean Green Mom Influencer

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. You have already met actress Damaris Lewis and award-winning entrepreneur Jaime Schmidt. Today, I'm pleased to announce Sommer Poquette, … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Jaime Schmidt: Disruptive Master of Intrigue

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. You have already met Damaris Lewis. Today, I'm pleased to announce Jaime Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt's Naturals. Schmidt’s was launched in … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Damaris Lewis: Poet, Actor, Maker, Muse

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced next month. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of carefully curated Influencer Judges. This article shares three things you need to know about our Influencer Judge Damaris Lewis, so you can get an idea of what … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Inspire Yourself When Life Sucks

Since I've had to inspire myself to keep going in the midst of many sucky situations lately, I thought I'd share some of the strategies I've used to get through my recent sucky situations. There have been many, and I'll tell you about them later, but for now, if your life is feeling The Suck right now, this post shares specific things you can do to make things suck less. As an entrepreneur, … [Read more...]

Recap: Artisan Made Show: Summer Sizzle Edition

In case you missed it, the Artisan Made Show: Summer Sizzle Edition was awesome. Summer is in full swing, and if you need some additional life enhancing products to round out the season, you have come to the right place! Our show lineup included five or our member artisan entrepreneurs from five states: Minnesota, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, and Connecticut. As you know, the Artisan Made Show … [Read more...]