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 It’s a new day for women who are ready to kick outdated stereotypes to the curb and take control of the statement their hair makes about who they are and what they stand for.…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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12 American Lavender Farms to Visit and Enjoy

According to the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, several animal and human studies suggest that lavender may be an effective treatment for certain neurological disorders. Among other things, they show that lavender has mood stabilizing, sedative, and analgesic properties. Of course that’s no surprise to Indie Business Network members…

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Doors are Open: 5-Day Recurring Revenue Challenge Summit

“How can I create more repeat sales in my business?” I’m glad you asked! I created the 5-Day Recurring Revenue Challenge Summit to help you answer that precise question, and get the party started. Filled with action-packed adventure challenges, informative live Q+A sessions, an ahh-mazing speaker lineup, and chances to win some American Made swag…

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#IndieTakeover: Kirsten Connor of Flourish Beauty Lab

One of the best things about being Indie is that you love what you do enough to talk about it all the time. We love it when our members talk about their entrepreneurial journeys because it gives us an opportunity to tell you even more about them. Today, we bring you Kirsten Connor of Flourish…

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6 American Made Artisan Haircare Products

Haircare products are everywhere. It’s a good thing that they are because while most of us have hair, none of us with hair has the same kind of hair as others. There are so many variations! Not only that, our hair changes as we age and also with the seasons. No wonder there are so…

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Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?

For the July 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD. This quick read packs a powerful punch, providing you with the perfect reminder of your personal power as we move through the challenges of COVID-19. It’s delivered in the form of a fable in which…

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Shop Local at Artisan-Owned Brick and Mortar Stores, Spas and Salons

If you believe traditional media reports, you may think that COVID-19 is killing off retail everywhere. If you believe that’s true, you are sadly mistaken. Traditional media reports are rarely well informed when it comes to independent businesses owned by American Makers. Lucky for you, the Indie Business Network knows all about this topic, and…

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Introducing Quarterly Membership Scholarship

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 mindset that entrepreneurship is for everyone. You do not have to reach annual revenues of multiple zeroes before you have a “real”…

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August 2020 Indie Business Book Club: How to Get Sh*t Done

I am pleased to announce the August 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything by Erin Falconer. This book was the top choice as voted by our members. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you…

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Stop Summertime Stink with Deodorants from Artisans Nationwide

You need deodorant all year, but summertime stink can be especially stubborn and offensive. Not only that, if you buy traditional deodorants from mass market manufacturers, you’re likely to end up with unexciting fragrance options like “powder fresh” and “rain.” Can you scream “BORING?!” I asked our IBN members (who are never ever boring) for…

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