Makers on the Move (Episode 3: September 2017)

Indie Business Network members are a never ending source of inspiration and motivation. But they do more than inspire. They actually roll up their sleeves and get busy producing products that help make your life more fun and enjoyable. Is there a better way to invest your work time than helping your friends live a…

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10 Easy Blog Post Ideas to Attract Target Customers to Your Website

You know that a blog will get more eyeballs to your website, right? I should know, as I’ve been blogging for nearly 16 years. It’s one of the single most effective tools I have used to build my business. Whether you blog or not, you pretty much know that every Maker needs to maintain a…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 2: September 2017)

Our members are always on the move. There is no grass growing under their feet. They have a plan, and they are executing it, regardless of what anyone else is doing. It is my pleasure to tell you what they are doing, not only so you can buy their products, but so you can be…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 1: September 2017)

The best thing about life today is that creativity and inspiration is all around us. Honestly, what did our parents do? What inspired them to create and produce things that could help them provide for their families? Can you imagine coming of age when your options were limited by traditional career paths? I am so…

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Indies Helping Houston

In this post, I shared that on Wednesday, I’ll participate in a complimentary webinar where you can enjoy rare entrepreneurial training simply by making a donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Be sure to sign up for that! Today, in this post, I am sharing some of the love that our IBN members are showering…

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Help For Houston

Like you, I have watched in horror as the City of Houston and surrounding areas is being decimated by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. IBN has several members in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, and our collective hearts and support go out to all of them and their friends, family members, and greater communities as they…

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Book Review: The 5 Second Rule

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. For the August 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins. The book stands for the proposition that you can improve your life on a grand scale…

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September 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Power of Broke

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the September 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage, by Daymond John and and Daniel Paisner. If you’re not familiar…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 4: August 2017)

Motivation. It’s not everything, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, a little of it goes a super long way. The importance to entrepreneurs of a steady diet of positive motivation cannot be understated. That’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy bringing you the stories of our members several times a month. Even a…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 3: August 2017)

Here I am again, back to do what I love most — share some of the amazing things our members are doing nationwide. I love this picture of our first featured Maker, having a beer with a friend. How about that? Beer drinking with purpose. (I promise there’s a business connection.) Recently, we brought you…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 2: August 2017)

The Indie Business Network has members from every corner of the country. From big cities to small towns, if you follow IBN members, you will be inspired to maximize your potential through small business ownership. You’ll be able to buy some pretty fabulous artisan made products while you’re at it. Whether they’re appearing on our…

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Why Every Maker Needs an Email List

Every Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur needs an email list. There is no doubt about that. If you want your products to sell, you need to spend at least as much time making them (maybe more, depending on the stage your business is in), as you do marketing them. The easiest and least expensive way to…

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Customer Service Matters

Have you ever received stellar customer service? Have you ever delivered it? If you have provided awesome service to any of your customers, you know what a huge difference it makes in terms of how they view you and your brand. Not only that, it makes a difference in terms of how they view their…

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August 2017 Indie Business Book Club: The 5 Second Rule

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the August 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, by Mel Robbins. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 1: August 2017)

The Indie Business Network has members from every corner of the country. From big cities to small towns, if you follow IBN members, you will be inspired to maximize your potential through small business ownership. You’ll be able to buy some pretty fabulous artisan made products while you’re at it. Whether they’re appearing on our…

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5 Questions to Ask When Sales Are Consistently Low

Every business has slow periods. In the world of consumer lifestyle products like those made by most members of the Indie Business Network, the slowest periods are typically the summer months. Things pick up, sometimes to a frenzy, during holidays when people are celebrating and purchasing gifts for loved ones. In the meantime, things can…

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Book Review: Live Your Best Day Ever

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. For the July 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read Live Your Best Day Ever: Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success by Anne-Marie Faiola. The book is a rundown of 35 succinct strategies you can use to improve your life, or, as the…

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Vault Episode 1: Pilot Lifestyle CEO Show [Podcast]

Click here to listen to current episodes of the Indie Business Podcast. Welcome to the first podcast of my career. This post shares the story of my podcasting journey, beginning in 2005, and this post picks up where that one left off, with an encore presentation of my pilot episode which hasn’t seen the light…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 3: July 2017)

The Indie Business Network is composed of hundreds of very powerful creators, from all walks of life and representing all 50 states. Whether they’re enjoying a fun retail gift show, a well-deserved media feature, or hanging out together at a maker show, our members are always focused on making awesome products for their adoring fans.…

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The Story of the Indie Business Podcast

Click here to listen to current episodes of the Indie Business Podcast. This post shares the story of how I started and grew the Indie Business Podcast … before the word “podcast” really existed. It also kicks off a a series of encore presentations of all of my podcasts from 2005 to 2010. Before “podcasting,”…

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