I’m Speaking at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Meeting!

I am thrilled to announce that I'll be speaking at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, next month. I know it will be an amazing time because I spoke at the event in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and it has never once disappointed. Click here to register for this event. The Tennessee Soap and Candle Meeting is a one-day gathering of soapmakers and candlemakers from … [Read more...]

Indie Cruise 2020: Aruba: 20 Years of Maker Journeys

We are excited to announce the theme and the destination for Indie Cruise 2020. For those who don't know, Indie Cruise is IBN's signature retreat designed specifically for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. If you already know you want to join us, you can register for Indie Cruise 2020 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne Niemeier at … [Read more...]

Success Call: Product Liability Insurance for Topical Hemp CBD Products!

The Indie Business Network now offers, through Veracity Insurance Services, IBN members product liability insurance for topical, full-spectrum products containing hemp CBD. This new offering enhances our robust yet affordable non-hemp CBD product product liability insurance program. Both programs are described here. We are hosting a member Success Call today to share more details and to answer … [Read more...]

The Indie Business Network 2019 Member Badge Is Here!

Let Your Customers and Colleagues Know That Your Membership is Current! The new 2019 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 2019 Member Badge" icon from the Dashboard, and follow the prompts to display your current … [Read more...]

Is the Indie Business Network Right For You?

If you are not a member of the Indie Business Network, it might be helpful to learn a bit about exactly how we help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs succeed, so you can know if IBN is right for you. If you already know you'd like to join, click here to join now. We look forward to serving you! If you're on the fence, this article will help you decide whether to become a part of our … [Read more...]

Indie Business Network: 2018 Year In Review

As we draw ever closer to 2019, I am reflecting on the many wonderful experiences IBN and its members have had during the past 12 months. This is my 19th year leading the Indie Business Network, and I can honestly say that I have yet to work a single day since January 16, 2000 when I started it. What a blessing! I love what I do, and I believe so firmly in IBN's mission to empower women … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 65: Joanne Voelcker of Mt. Airy Lavender [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 65 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Joanne Voelcker of Mt. Airy Lavender in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Joanne started her lavender business after a long career in the financial services industry during which time she worked in Belgium. It was then that she fell in love with lavender so much that she decided she had to grow some … [Read more...]

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...]