Member Spotlight: Kara Brook Brown of Waxing Kara

One of the most exciting aspects of leading the Indie Business Network is being able to participate in the the fun and success my members enjoy as they share their artisan products with the world. I don’t like to keep all the fun to myself though, so I recently sat down with our member, Kara…

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July 2020 Indie Business Book Club: Who Moved My Cheese?

I am pleased to announce the July 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. Who Moved My Cheese? is the perfect book to read as we move together through COVID-19 because it…

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The New Website for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

I am thrilled to announce the launch of IBN’s newly designed website at for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs at www.IndieBusinessNetwork.com. After months of copy writing (and re-writing), thousands backend technical updates (some still happening!), and a few hundred hours of hemming and hawing, I am finally delighted to officially open our newly updated virtual doors…

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#IndieTakeover: Ayanna Jackson at Arbria Creations

As we slide into the summer season, we have exciting news. Yes, we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but our members are undaunted and determined to continue to shine and press their way forward building their brands. As always, IBN is supporting them every step of the way, and one of those…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Summer Kickoff Edition

With the first day of summer just a week away, we’ve got you covered with some cool finds to kick off the season. Check out these products from American Makers across the nation: Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York. Here are the livestream replays, along with shopping links, specials and discount codes…

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May Swap & Sell

“Do you need to destash some of the ingredients and supplies you purchased, but no longer have use for? We’ve got just the place where you can do that. Join us for the Ingredients, Packaging, Supplies and Equipment Swap & Sell! When you are a Maker, you make things, and when your making doesn’t turn…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Mother’s Day Edition

In case you missed it, the Artisan Made Show: Mother’s Day Edition was fun and right on time. With the big day being exactly one week away, our American Makers are making it easy for you to treat mom with the best of American Made. Our show lineup included several Indie Business Network member artisan…

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May Virtual Open House!

If you missed the Open House, don’t worry … we recorded it for you! You can enjoy the replay below! “Should I join the Indie Business Network?” is a question we see asked frequently online and in Maker communities all around. We have the answer! Our virtual OPEN HOUSE is designed to welcome and introduce…

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Video Sales and Marketing 5-Day Challenge

“How do I use video to market and sell my products?” I’m so glad you asked, because I created the Video Sales and Marketing 5-Day Challenge to help you answer that question. If you’ve already heard about it and are ready to get started, register for the challenge at this link. If you need more…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Spring Market Edition

In case you missed it, the Artisan Made Show: Spring Market Edition was fun and invigorating. Our show lineup included several Indie Business Network member artisan entrepreneurs proudly representing seven states: Oklahoma, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, California, and Louisiana. As you know, the Artisan Made Show makes it fun and easy for you Meet the…

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7 Tips to Boost Engagement in Facebook Groups

“How do I get more engagement in my Facebook group?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my members and people who look to me to help them market their business on a budget. If your Facebook group has been collecting dust bunnies for months or years, you are in luck.…

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Creating an At-Home Wellness Routine, LIVE With Dawn Fitch

At-home wellness is not just important in the middle of a pandemic. It’s important always, and that’s one reason IBN will soon publish Essential Self-Care: the Modern Woman’s Guide to At-Home Beauty Rituals and Well-Being. But until that book is available (stay tuned!), we are encouraging our members to maintain wellness at home through our…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Spring 2020 Edition

In case you missed it today, the Artisan Made Show: Spring 2020 Edition was a huge success. Our show lineup included six of our member artisan entrepreneurs from five states: Oklahoma, Connecticut, Wyoming, California, and Louisiana. As you know, the Artisan Made Show makes it fun and easy for you Meet the Makers | Shop…

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Product Liability Coverage for Handmade Hand Sanitizer

Effective Immediately, Indie Business Network members with product liability insurance through IBN’s program with Veracity Insurance Services have coverage to handmade hand sanitizer, so long as they are in compliance with FDA’s Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency. We are so excited to partner with Veracity…

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New Member Benefit: Yoga and Stretch LIVE With Kim Jones

I am excited to announce the newest addition to our Indie Business Fit Club — Yoga and Stretch with Kim Jones, perfectly timed to support the physical, emotional, and mental wellness of our members as they simultaneously lead their businesses and face down COVID-19. Kim will host two classes a week. We’ll start the week…

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March 2020 Indie Chat: Branding: Questions, Answers, and WhatNot

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Indie Chat with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Indie Chats events are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can help you…

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Support Small Business: #Safehands

Click here to get handmade soap deals now! The challenge is real and we are all feeling the strain. Nevertheless, according to the World Health Organization, one thing we can all do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash our hands often, and there’s no better place to get the soap needed…

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Introducing IBN’s Virtual Coworking and Accountability Program

As a virtual organization with 20 solid years of experience helping Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs use technology to build their and brands, IBN is uniquely situated to train entrepreneurs to maximize the use of technology for the benefit of their brands. At no time in IBN’s 20 years of service is this more important than…

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Introducing IBN’s Collaborative Financial Leadership Program

We have all heard the news. We are all experiencing collective fallout. In the wake of COVID-19, the Indie Business Network is facing an unprecedented opportunity to serve our members better as they lead their businesses through this time of freakish uncertainty. At IBN, we’re committed to helping you thrive in these turbulent times. As…

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Plan Your Life First! [Indie Method™]

Plan Your Life First is Step 1 of the Emerge Phase of the Indie Method, my step-by-step, entrepreneurial training curriculum that helps you build a solid business foundation, increase your income, and use your business to create the life you love. As a result of leading the Indie Business Network for nearly two decades, I…

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Help Holly Port, the Bath Fizzy Queen, Beat Cancer!

Sadly, Holly Port has transitioned, but you can still click links here to support her family and the Lotion Bar Cafe. If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you know that my favorite thing about entrepreneurship is not the money, but the amazing relationships I have been blessed to nurture and cultivate over…

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