Episode 55: Paul Chambers of The Gentleman’s Box [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 55 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Paul Chambers of The Gentleman's Box and The Subscription Summit. A few years back, through his web design company, Paul was asked to design a website for a subscription box company. Seeing more than just a website design gig, Paul offered to design the site in exchange for part ownership in the box. Today, … [Read more...]

The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017

For nearly a decade, this blog has recounted the journey of multiple pieces of proposed legislation designed to amend cosmetics laws in the United States. This post is the latest in that series. Yesterday, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017. A bill with the same name had been introduced in 2015 as I told you here, but … [Read more...]

Episode 54: Exciting Changes at Indie Business Podcast! [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 54 of the Indie Business Podcast! This time, it's just me. No guest, and I have something fun and exciting to share with you today. Indie Business Podcast has helped so many people gain the skills and confidence, and enjoy the mentoring, they need to be successful as Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. My listeners tell me they love the format, and they look forward to each … [Read more...]

The Indie Business Podcast Story

This post tells the story of how I got started as a podcaster, and why. I'll also share a bit about why I'm making some big changes to the Indie Business Podcast. Strap yourself in for a journey. I've come a long way, baby! I hosted my first Internet radio show in 2005, just one year after the word "podcast" was ever used. At that time, the only person I knew of who hosted an Internet radio … [Read more...]

Episode 53: Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 53 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed in New York City. Briar launched her business in 2010 after a career as a pastry chef in a Manhattan hotel. The tagline for Briar's business is "analog beauty," a mindset that very much represents the simplicity and elegance of her handmade products. On Indie Business … [Read more...]

Road Trip of a Lifetime, Part 1

When our member, Christina of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California, reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to blog her and fellow IBN member Kristina Nanninga's upcoming "road trip of a lifetime," I immediately jumped at the chance because I knew it would be fun and I knew you would love it. Here are the Indie road trippers. That's Christina on the left, and Kristina and on the … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Fortune Cookie Principle

This month, we read The Fortune Cookie Principle by Bernadette Jiwa in the Indie Business Book Club. The introduction to this book reminds us that your business will fail if you do not think through and clarify your brand story. It's not enough to have an awesome product. It's not enough to have awesome product photos and a great website. All of that is important, but it's not enough. You … [Read more...]

Announcing the Maker Mastermind Show!

Late last year, I hosted two pilot episodes of the Artisan Made Show. (If you missed them, you can catch them here and here.) After some tweaking, the show is now the Maker Mastermind™ Show, and the first episode will air LIVE on Monday, May 1 at 12pm ET at the new Maker Mastermind™ Facebook group. The purpose of the Maker Mastermind™ Show is to empower Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs to … [Read more...]

May 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Blue Ocean Strategy

I am pleased to announce the May 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Thanks to our book club member, Andrea Laurence of Catalyst Body Coaching in Sydney, Australia, for suggesting this book. If you're not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. We start reading the new book together on Monday, … [Read more...]

Episode 52: Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 52 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves in Petrolia, California. Nieves's business started out of an unexplainable passion for skincare products and perfume. She describes her brand as a kind vintage, but also modern, and she's done an exquisite job of creating a special niche for herself at shows and in Indie boutiques … [Read more...]