Maker Stories: Episode 59: Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 59 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple in Newark, New Jersey. While employed as a professional graphics artist nearly 20 years ago, Dawn received a health diagnosis that caused her to change her life. Along with her diet, she decided to alter the types of bath and body products she used. With the … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (October 2017: Episode 1)

Indie Business Network members are a living, breathing representation of what is right and good about business these days. They are authentic and transparent about what they offer. They have amazing stories. They are never shy about sharing their passion for what they do. In a world where products (and services too!) have become commoditized and vanilla, our members offer color and texture. … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 58: Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 58 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa in Greenwich, Connecticut. Lisa has 9 certifications in the natural arts arena, and her Connecticut-based offices provide in-person services to help women achieve and maintain health from the inside out. Lisa's product business is a natural deodorant, which as you'll hear, … [Read more...]

How to Fix Your Business, with Melinda Emerson

Recently, I served as a speaker at Melinda Emerson's Reinvention Weekend. The photo here was taken at the cocktail reception the night before the start of the conference. My topic as a speaker was How to Launch and Grow a Product-Based Business. At Reinvention Weekend, Melinda, also known as Small Biz Lady, delivered a great keynote presentation, which doubled as the public unveiling of the … [Read more...]

Announcing the Theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018: The Storytellers

I am excited to announce the theme for Indie Cruise 2018. For those who don't know, Indie Cruise is the signature retreat for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you already know you want to join us, you can register for Indie Cruise 2018 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne Niemeier at 800-326-4971. Indie Cruise, which I've hosted since 2011, … [Read more...]

Episode 57: Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 57 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps in Colfax, California. Danielle started her business five years ago when she became restless at her job at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Restless though she was, she's the first to acknowledged that the digital marketing and business planning experiences she enjoyed at … [Read more...]

What it Feels Like to Publish 2,000 Blog Posts

This is my 2,000th blog post at the Indie Business Blog. I published my first post here on May 7, 2007. In that post over a decade ago, I shared why I thought it was so important to create the Indie Business Blog. My "why" back then is the same as it is today. It has never changed. Here is how, on May 7, 2007, I explained why I launched the Indie Business Blog. Because it highlights the … [Read more...]

October-November 2017 Indie Business Book Club

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the October-November 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer. If you're not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. We start reading the book together on … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Power of Broke

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. For the September 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read The Power of Broke by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner. The book stands for the proposition that being broke financially is not an entrepreneurial death sentence if it's used as the fuel that drives you to think outside the box and make the risky moves that people who … [Read more...]

4 Big Reasons to Attend My In-Person Mastermind Workshop

Create a Solid Plan for Your Business in Just 2 Days! Your business is not successful because of the product you sell. It's successful because of the foundation you lay. Laying a firm foundation for a traditional business is very different from laying one for a Maker business. My Maker Mastermind Live workshop is designed to help you build a solid foundation for your Maker business, paving the … [Read more...]