9 Books Every Maker Business Owner Should Read in 2022

What resolution is topping our list this year? Read more! Reading is such a great way to strengthen your entrepreneurial muscle. It’s almost a guarantee that you’ll walk away filled-to-the-brim with fresh ideas to invigorate your business. But, it’s also a wellness secret weapon: reading can improve concentration, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness! Did you know…

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The Winter Candle Edit

The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean winter is going away anytime soon. The frigid and blustery nights call on a fresh set of candles, so we’ve put together a list of the ten scents keeping us warm until spring. Light one of these favorites to instantly transform your space into a warm and…

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February 2022 Indie Business Book Club: Tribes

I am pleased to announce the February 2022 Indie Business Book Club pick: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. The reason I selected this book is because I am more persuaded today than ever before that your business success depends largely on your willingness to create, nurture, and lead community around…

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9 Secret Weapons for Turning Your 2022 New Year’s Resolutions Into Reality

Are you one of the 188.9 million Americans busily crafting your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Maybe it looks something like this: ⬜ Exercise more! ⬜ Start a business! (If this one is you, you should head here immediately!) ⬜ Find “the one”! Maintaining your goals for the new year requires focus and determination—and a…

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Indie Business Network: 2021 Year In Review

As this wonderful year comes to a close, it’s fun to look back at some of our 2021 adventures in service. The Indie Business Network has been here for nearly 22 years, serving, supporting, uplifting, and mentoring American Makers. We’re thrilled to share what a wonderfully fulfilling year it has been. This post includes some…

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Get the Indie Business Network 2022 Member Badge

Let Your Customers, Clients, Members, and Colleagues Know That Your Indie Business Network Membership is Current! The new 2022 Indie Business Network member badges are here! Our new member badges display our logo, with which we are so pleased. The new 2022 member badge is displayed below. Log in to our exclusive member area, then…

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January 2022 Indie Business Book Club: Company of One

I am pleased to announce the January 2022 Indie Business Book Club pick: Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis. Almost all Indie Business Network member businesses start out as companies of one. While all of them hire some kind of help as they evolve, the…

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Meet Catherine Robinson: Indie Business Network 1Q 2022 Scholarship Winner

Introducing Catherine Robinson of Wildwood Aromas in Springfield, MO, our 1Q 2022 scholarship recipient. The Indie Business Network offers a valuable and transformative entrepreneurial experience, and we recognize that not everyone has the resources to access our suite of entrepreneurial mentoring, coaching, and training services, especially when they are first starting out. To help offset the…

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Put A Name On It! Customize These Candles For a One-of-a-Kind Gift

Making your way through your gift list, you stumble across that one person. You know, the person that has everything, that’s hard to shop for—and you’re wracking your brain for the perfect present! When off-the-shelf options just won’t do, pick from one of these personalizable candles. You can choose the scent, select the label design,…

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Quarterly Membership Scholarship Announcement

I founded the Indie Business Network 20 years ago because I believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship. I also believe that it is time to replace traditional notions of entrepreneurship with the increasingly obvious reality that entrepreneurship is for everyone, and can be defined in different ways by different people with uniquely different lifestyle…

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Indie Business Network 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!

As the founder of the Indie Business Network, nothing brings me greater joy than presenting you with this curated selection of artisan made products from cross the nation. Our members are going all out to make sure you have wonderful local handmade goodness to share with your friends and loved ones this holiday season. Our…

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Make It a Warm and Snuggly Winter With This Cold Weather Survival Guide

Meteorologists are sprinkling the forecast with way more parkas than bikinis—winter is officially in our midst! In the face of subzero temps and icy blizzards, we tend to spend a little bit more time indoors. This guide has everything you need to stay warm and cozy all winter long, from the skincare that defends against…

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These 9 Cheerful Candles Will Light Up Your Day with Joy

Woo hoo! Yippee! Hallelujah! We’re in a stunningly bright mood, and we want you to join us for this feel-good dance party! You might think October is for all things spooky and creepy-crawly, but it also brings a lesser-known occasion—Positive Attitude Month! Whether it’s you that needs the mood boost, a friend, or a family…

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Boo! Get in the Halloween Spirit With These 13 Bewitching Home & Bath Treats

Trick or treat! So, you’ve finished warming your home with cozy autumn accents, and your shopping bag is overflowing with everything pumpkin spice. The only thing left on your fall list? The spookiest day of the year! Halloween is a few weeks away, and we’re showcasing some of the most spook-tacular home and bath products…

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Overcoming Mental Health Challenges Through Entrepreneurship with Lauren Vanscoy of Essence One – Indie Business Podcast Episode 92

According to a 2020 report from the American Psychiatric Association*, 46.6 million Americans (nearly 1 in 5 adults!) live with a mental health condition, depression in particular, and suicide rates are rising. Welcome to Episode 92 of the Indie Business Podcast, where we shine a spotlight on one woman’s mental health challenges, and how the…

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Organic Skincare Line For Sale: Truth ($25K)

From time to time, we receive inquiries from industry participants who are ready to sell their businesses and move onto their next adventure. Today, I am excited to share that an organic skincare line and business is for sale. It’s called Truth®. Let’s hear from founder and CEO Maureen Laniak, pictured at top right in…

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Warm and Cozy Fall Decor Ideas That’ll Make Guests Feel Right at Home

It’s the last week of September, and fall fanatics are anxious to start decorating for their favorite time of year. The changing seasons call for a home-style revamp—one that embraces all things comfy and cozy! Not sure where to start? Don’t stress! This home decor guide has everything you need to welcome friends and family…

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Grow Your Business by Solving People’s Problems with Tiana Coats of Winding Wick Candles – Indie Business Podcast Episode 91

Welcome to Episode 91 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Tiana Coats of Winding Wick Candles, in Garland, Texas. Once upon a time, Tiana considered her position as a pharmacy technician to be her dream job. She eventually grew weary of doing the same thing every day, and began daydreaming…

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