January 2018 Success Call: Blog For Success in the New Year and Beyond!

So you know it's true. A blog can help your business grow in almost too many ways to name. Among them: driving traffic to your site (and therefore, your shopping cart), serving as a living journal about the growth of your brand, and providing anyone in the world with access to you and your offerings all day every day, 365 days a year. So, what's so hard about maintaining a blog? Well, it's … [Read more...]

Indie Business Network: 2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! As we coast into 2018, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve thousands of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs all across North America. It is an honor and a privilege, and frankly, a whole lot of fun! 2017 was a year of great fun and forward progress for the Indie Business Network. We introduced several new member benefits, watched our … [Read more...]

The Indie Business Network 2018 Badge Is Here!

The new 2018 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for the current year. After you log in, choose the "Get your 2018 Member Badge" icon from the Dashboard, and follow the prompts to display your current membership at your website and/or blog. The badge looks like this, except … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 63: Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 63 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create outside Nashville, Tennessee. For many of you, this may be a re-introduction, since Kayla has been a guest on Indie Business Podcast a few years back when her business was going in a different direction. If you missed it, you can listen to that … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Kristin Fraser: The Financial Side of Expanding Your Business

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. This post continues the series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives. (Join us!?) You've already met Sandy Engels, our Storyteller in the Emerge Phase of entrepreneurship, Christy Rose, our … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Deb Jasien: Expand Your Brand with Intention and Common Sense

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. This post continues the series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives. (Join us!?) You've already met Sandy Engels, our Storyteller in the Emerge Phase of entrepreneurship, Christy Rose, our … [Read more...]

Artisan Product of the Year 2017: Winners

I am pleased to announce the 2017 Artisan Products of the Year! Our winners were selected by our six amazing Influencer Judges: Patrice Grell Yursik, Lisa Douglas, Jade Huang, Jennifer Moreau, Melinda Emerson, and Ally Loprete. 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 … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 62: Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 62 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals in Pahoa, Hawaii and San Diego, California. Valerie is the founder, CEO, and lead formulator at Valana Minerals where she creates vegan mineral makeup specifically for women of color. In addition to leading her business, Valerie is also a sociology professor at a … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Lisa Douglas: The Mom in Chaos Blogger

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 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. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen Moreau, Melinda Emerson, and Ally Loprete. Today, I'm excited … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Ally Loprete: The Entrepreneurial Cheerleader

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 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. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen Moreau, and Melinda Emerson. Today, I'm pleased to announce … [Read more...]