Direction is More Important Than Speed

Direction is the cornerstone of meaningful progress. If you want to visit a friend in Chicago, no matter how fast you go, you’ll never get there if you keep changing direction to visit friends in Louisville, Nashville, and Detroit. It’s the same in your business, if you set a goal to get to a certain…

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Spring Scented Candles Thrumming With New Life

Calling all seasonal candle lovers! It’s time to refresh your collection of scented candles with a new round of springtime favorites. Whether you’re looking to tap the Season of Renewal for its manifestation powers, or relax in its romantic serenity, this list of springtime candles is sure to wake up your work or living space.…

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9 Mother’s Day Gifts for The World’s Best Moms

No more last-minute flowers or hurried brunches—give mom a Mother’s Day gift that’s a heaping helping of self-care she can revisit time and time again. From beautifully scented candles to bath and body treats, you won’t be left in the lurch wondering what to get mom this year. In this guide to handmade goods, you’ll…

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9 Fresh Product Picks for Your Home’s Springtime Spruce-Up

Spring cleaning give you the shivers? Instead of drowning your home with thick, stuffy artificial cleaners, refresh your space with all-natural, chemical-free cleaning supplies that pack just as much power—if not more!—than their artificial counterparts. From kitchens to laundry rooms, this line-up of non-toxic cleaning products gives your home a much-needed refresh! This list of…

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Recap: Come Celebrate Lavender Conference 2024

This past weekend was an awesome purple haze! I delivered the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Come Celebrate Lavender Conference, a national gathering of novice and experienced lavender growers and artisans who not only grow lavender plants but also make products with all parts and extracts (lavender essential oil, lavender hydrosol, lavender buds, lavender…

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Spring to Life With Super Fresh Springtime Self Care

Time to toss the turtlenecks and wool hats—spring is in full swing! New life is bursting from all nooks of soil, from candy-colored blossoms creeping through the sidewalk cracks to gardens erupting with fanciful scents and shades. It’s a time of year that screams renewal, inviting you to sweep away your winter woes in favor…

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April 2024 Indie Business Book Club: The Long Game

As maker entrepreneurs, we often feel crazy amounts of pressure to make more stuff and check off boxes, often without considering the enduring significance and long-term impact of what we are creating. Sure, it’s great to have sales every day, but they really don’t matter unless they are tied to outcomes that make a long-term…

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Federal Court Says Corporate Transparency Act Is Unconstitutional

As we shared with you here, Congress recently passed the Corporate Transparency Act requiring small businesses to disclose personal information about their owners to the federal government. Earlier this month, the US District Court for the District of Alabama said the new law is unconstitutional on privacy grounds. The federal government has appealed the decision to the…

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Apply For The IBN Robin’s Roses Scholarship Q2 2024 Scholarship

The Indie Business Network was founded 20 years ago based on the transformative power of entrepreneurship. We believe 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 goals. You do not…

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I’m Speaking at the Come Celebrate Lavender Conference

Download Donna Maria’s conference Keynote Address handout printable or fillable. I am excited to share that I have accepted an invitation to present the keynote address at this year’s Come Celebrate Lavender Conference on March 21-24, 2024 in Wytheville, Virginia. The conference hosts invited me to share on the topic of achieving a joyful life,…

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Let Your Customers Be Your Guide with Robbin Turner of Violet Botanical Skincare – Indie Business Podcast Episode 99

Welcome to Episode 99 of the Indie Business Podcast! On this episode, you’ll meet Robbin Turner of Violet Botanical Skincare in Los Angeles, CA. One of the first things you might notice about the Violet Botanical brand is the gorgeous violet blue bottles in which each product is  carefully packaged. The bottles are not only beautiful,…

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