10 American Made Color Cosmetics Brands

The use of colorful hues from the earth to beautify the body was first recorded by the ancient Egyptians, whose tombs were filled with makeup canisters and kits to help the dead remain lovely in the afterlife. They made their lips red by using carmine powder, which was crafted from the ground-up bodies of red…

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9 Spooktacular Artisan Made Halloween Treats

Due to COVID-19, this year, Halloween means taking extra precautions to ensure our safety and the safety of the people with whom we are celebrating. Among other things, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are admonished to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters, bag treats individually, celebrate outdoors, wash hands before handling…

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10 Tasty Artisan Made Food + Beverage Themed Products

While you have surely heard of food and wine pairings, you may not be as familiar with the amazing benefits of food and bath pairings. This article will put you out of your misery. Dive in as I share some of our members’ most delectable concoctions. You’ll crave the delicious scent combinations that make a…

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Announcing Indie Business School

If you’ve already heard the news and are ready to take a class, register here! One of the best parts about leading the Indie Business Network is that I am surrounded by gifted people who use their creative skills and talents to make products that improve people’s lives. For many IBN members, life becomes richer…

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5k-A-Day October Steps Challenge with Teri

Growing a business requires boatloads of energy and stamina, so I launched Indie Business Fit Club to encourage our Indie Business Network members to remain as physically fit as possible through regular movement and exercise. To that end, I’m excited to announce our 5K-A-Day October Steps Challenge! Makers are generally physically active while they are…

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16 American Makers To Follow on Instagram

Marketing a business on Instagram is fun, but since also requires a hefty amount of focus and dedication, we formed Indie Pods to support our members as they grow their brands using Instagram. Our Indie Pod members are incredibly dedicated entrepreneurs who have strategically selected Instagram as a means of connecting with their target audiences.…

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Book Review: The Membership Economy

For the September 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter. According to the dust jacket, the book is designed to “show you how to turn ordinary customers into members for life.” If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more…

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October 2020 Indie Business Book Club: Supermaker

I am pleased to announce the October 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: Supermaker by Jaime Schmidt. This book was selected for obvious reasons — it’s designed to inspire Makers like you and like all of my Indie Business Network members. Another reason I selected this book is because it is authored by former IBN…

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Meet Jori Miller: Our 4Q Scholarship Recipient

The Indie Business Network offers a valuable and transformative entrepreneurial experience. As its leader, I recognize that not everyone has the resources to access IBN’s array of entrepreneurial mentoring, coaching, and training services, especially when they are first starting out. To help offset the challenge for as many as possible, each quarter, we offer a…

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9 Artisan Made Pet Products to Pamper Your Furbaby

According to a recent report in Global Market Insights, a market research and strategy consulting firm, the United States pet care industry ballooned to $95.8 Billion in 2019. While most of the growth came from pet food products, a respectable portion of the increase was due to personal pet care and accessories. Indie Business Network members…

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Are You Ready to Join the Healthy Hair Revolution?

Get Game-Changing Insights from Healthy Hair + Self-Care Experts The old ways of managing your hair probably are not working anymore. It’s a new day for women who are ready to kick outdated stereotypes to the curb and take control of the statement their hair makes about who they are and what they stand for.…

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15 Artisan Made Bath Bombs To Add To Your Bath Ritual

Artisan made bath bombs are more than just bath time treats. In fact, one of the most oddly satisfying things you can do on Instagram these days is to watch a beautifully manicured hand drop a perfectly shaped bath bomb into warm bath water, and be transfixed as the colorful swirling ooze fills the tub…

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9 Farmers Markets Recommended By Indie Business Network Members

Indie Business Network members have great online businesses as you know, and they also have some great retail stores and studio locations. But you may not know that many of them also sell their products at local farmer’s markets nationwide. If you have never been to a local farmer’s market, you are missing out on…

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6 Types of Recurring Revenue Business Models You Should Know About

There are six basic types of recurring revenue business models you should know about. Each has its own unique characteristics. I’m sure you can leverage at least one of these to generate endless repeat sales opportunities and create a fun and engaging community around your brand. This overview is required prerequisite reading for everyone who…

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7 American Made Artisan Pumpkin Products for Fall

According to an article I read recently, sniffing pumpkin fragrance is so closely related to the pleasure we experience when biting into a pumpkin pie or sipping a pumpkin spiced drink, that our brains get a positive kick of dopamine (the brain’s “feel good” chemical) when we smell it. Whether or not that’s true, I’m…

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Couple Incorporated™: Meet IBN’s Innovative Couplepreneurs!

Business partnerships inspire me, especially since I am in business with my husband of 20 years. There’s nothing quite as motivating as an enterprise built by “couplepreneurs” who love and support each other as they simultaneously serve and support their clients and customers, each other, and the household. As great as it sounds (and it…

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Book Review: How to Get Sh*t Done

For the August 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer. In promotional materials, this book is touted as the the first productivity book by a woman in a decade. (It was published in 2018.) The book calls on women to stop configuring the exhausting lives we…

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10 Ways to Generate Repeat Sales in Your Facebook Group

Click here receive my Checklist for Creating a Fun, Engaging and Profitable Facebook Group! “How do I generate repeat sales inside my Facebook group?” is a great question, and I hear it a lot. I think many Makers ask me this question because they know I have hosted Facebook Groups for over a decade. They…

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6 (More) American Made Artisan Haircare Products

Recently, I shared several hair care product brands that I have the pleasure of serving here at the Indie Business Network. One post was not enough to embrace all the American made hair care goodness, so here is Part 2. Whether you love your hair, hate your hair, want to change your hair, or just…

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Kirsten Conner of Flourish Beauty Lab [Maker Stories: Episode 74: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 74 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Kirsten Conner of Flourish Beauty Lab in White River Junction, Vermont. Kirsten is a retail store owner and product formulator who makes artisan products designed for people who are super sensitive to ingredients and fragrances. Her main focus is on…

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September 2020 Indie Business Book Club: The Membership Economy

I am pleased to announce the September 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue by Robbie Kellman Baxter. This book was selected personally by me because I believe a well executed membership business model is the best business model on the…

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