Makers on the Move (May 2017)

Every week, Indie Business Network members do amazing things, and I remind them of the benefits of being bold and out loud about their achievements. Members are encouraged to brag on themselves, and when they do, it’s another opportunity for me to brag on them. Whether it’s opening a retail store, or launching a branded…

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Episode 55: Paul Chambers of The Gentleman’s Box [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 55 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Paul Chambers of The Gentleman’s Box and The Subscription Summit. A few years back, through his web design company, Paul was asked to design a website for a subscription box company. Seeing more than just a website design gig,…

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The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017

For nearly a decade, this blog has recounted the journey of multiple pieces of proposed legislation designed to amend cosmetics laws in the United States. This post is the latest in that series. Yesterday, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017. A bill with the…

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Episode 54: Exciting Changes at Indie Business Podcast! [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 54 of the Indie Business Podcast! This time, it’s just me. No guest, and I have something fun and exciting to share with you today. Indie Business Podcast has helped so many people gain the skills and confidence, and enjoy the mentoring, they need to be successful as Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs.…

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Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 5: Shabby Chick Cleaners

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Maker Mastermind Show. If you missed previous episodes, you can binge watch them here. Be sure to join the free Maker Mastermind group on Facebook so you can join us live for the next show, and be entered to win prizes and/or get discount codes on the artisan made…

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Episode 53: Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 53 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed in New York City. Briar launched her business in 2010 after a career as a pastry chef in a Manhattan hotel. The tagline for Briar’s business is “analog beauty,” a mindset that very…

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Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 3: Adoratherapy

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Maker Mastermind Show (formerly the Artisan Made Show). If you missed the first two episodes, you can catch them here and here. In this episode, I and my co-host, Christine Laureano, interview Adora Winquist of Adoratherapy in Asheville, North Carolina, and she answers the question when did you stop…

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Road Trip of a Lifetime, Part 1

When our member, Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California, reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to blog her and fellow IBN member Kristina Nanninga’s upcoming “road trip of a lifetime,” I immediately jumped at the chance because I knew it would be fun and…

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Book Review: The Fortune Cookie Principle

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. This month, we read The Fortune Cookie Principle by Bernadette Jiwa in the Indie Business Book Club. The introduction to this book reminds us that your business will fail if you do not think through and clarify your brand story. It’s not enough to have…

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Announcing the Maker Mastermind Show!

Late last year, I hosted two pilot episodes of the Artisan Made Show. (If you missed them, you can catch them here and here.) After some tweaking, the show is now the Maker Mastermind™ Show, and the first episode will air LIVE on Monday, May 1 at 12pm ET at the new Maker Mastermind™ Facebook…

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May 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Blue Ocean Strategy

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the May 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Thanks to our book club member, Andrea Laurence of Catalyst Body Coaching in Sydney, Australia, for suggesting this book. If you’re not…

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Episode 52: Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 52 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves in Petrolia, California. Nieves’s business started out of an unexplainable passion for skincare products and perfume. She describes her brand as a kind vintage, but also modern, and she’s done an exquisite job of…

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Book Review: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. This month, we read The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Laura Ries in the Indie Business Book Club. While the book is old (published in 2002), it proves that certain fundamental business principles really never change. In today’s technology filled world,…

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April 2017 Indie Business Book Club: The Fortune Cookie Principle

I am pleased to announce the April 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Fortune Cookie Principle, by Bernadette Jiwa. Thanks to our book club member, Marilyn Schendel of Ritual Waters in North Carolina for suggesting this book. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information.…

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What is Your Pricing Personality?

Have I ever mentioned that IBN’s private Facebook group is not just a business community? It is heavily focused on business (as it is designed to be), but we also have fun in a really unique and amazing environment. For example, last week, I posed this simple question in our community: When it comes to…

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From the Land Down Under: Makers Biz Summit

I am thrilled to be participating this week in the first virtual Makers Biz Summit hosted by Deborah Engelmajer of Tizzit Design Company. Deb’s business is located in “the land of plenty” in beautiful Australia. I hope to visit someday, but for now, I have to settle for this appearance as a part of an…

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Are You "Product Poor"?

Are You “Product Poor”?

The first time I went house hunting, a friend cautioned me not to get sucked into buying a house I could not afford. More specifically, he warned me not to buy so much house that I didn’t have money left over to furnish it. In other words, he advised me not to be “house poor.”…

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March 2017 Indie Business Book Club: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

I am pleased to announce the March 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, by Al Ries and Laura Ries. Thanks to our book club member, Rolande Sumner of Butter Angels in South Carolina for suggesting this book. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can…

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Book Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As you may recall, in January and February, we read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey in the Indie Business Book Club. While some people think this book is just for those who are in business, that’s not the case. The 7 principles that form the basis of the book are…

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How to Get Started as an Artisan Entrepreneur

How to Get Started as an Artisan Entrepreneur

Each week, I receive countless emails and phone calls from people who want to launch a business selling the products they make. I received an email recently from Jill in Tennessee who told me that: “I am really having a hard time finding what makes me unique. Therefore, I am having a hard time defining…

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What I Have Learned in 15 Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging here at Indie Business Blog for 10 years. Here is my first Indie Business Blog post. By the time I published that post, I had been blogging elsewhere for five years. I maintained a “journal” at IBN’s first website, before the term “blog” even existed. Afterward,…

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