Episode 57: Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 57 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps in Colfax, California. Danielle started her business five years ago when she became restless at her job at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Restless though she was, she’s the first to acknowledged that the…

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What it Feels Like to Publish 2,000 Blog Posts

This is my 2,000th blog post at the Indie Business Blog. I published my first post here on May 7, 2007. In that post over a decade ago, I shared why I thought it was so important to create the Indie Business Blog. My “why” back then is the same as it is today. It…

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October-November 2017 Indie Business Book Club

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the October-November 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club,…

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Book Review: The Power of Broke

For the September 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read The Power of Broke by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner. The book stands for the proposition that being broke financially is not an entrepreneurial death sentence if it’s used as the fuel that drives you to think outside the box and make…

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4 Big Reasons to Attend My In-Person Mastermind Workshop

Create a Solid Plan for Your Business in Just 2 Days! Your business is not successful because of the product you sell. It’s successful because of the foundation you lay. Laying a firm foundation for a traditional business is very different from laying one for a Maker business. My Maker Mastermind Live workshop is designed…

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Episode 56: Hassan Sayyed of Haus Urban and Creative Hustle Podcast [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 56 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Hassan Sayyed of Haus Urban and Creative Hustle Podcast. As you listen to Hassan share his story, it’s easy to see how he is a natural fit for a career in the performing arts. You’ll also get the sense…

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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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