#IndieTakeover No. 8: Ally Lin of Wonderland Organics

Welcome to #IndieTakeover No. 8! Today, you’ll meet an IBN member with a gentle spirit and a product line to match. Her name is Ally Lin, and she is one of the most focused entrepreneurs I know. Her Wonderland Organics product line offers a line of natural skincare products for sensitive skin, and made with…

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#IndieTakeover No. 7: Cindy Jones of Colorado Aromatics

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 7! Today, you’ll meet an IBN member who fills me with inspiration. Her name is Cindy Jones, and she is a pretty amazing entrepreneur with a business that has several exciting income streams. Cindy Jones, Ph.D is a scientist and herbalist, and the founder and owner of Colorado Aromatics in Longmont,…

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#IndieTakeover No. 6: Desiree Doucet at The Creative Cajun

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 6! One of the best things about my life (or is it my work … can’t tell the difference …) is that I have the opportunity to serve and become acquainted with people from across this incredible country. I learn from them, I mentor them, I teach them, I admire them.…

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#IndieTakeover No. 5: Roberta Perry at Scrubz Body Natural Skin Care

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 5, the final takeover day in our week-long series. Today’s #IndieTakeover guest is Roberta Perry of ScrubzBody™ Natural Skin Care in Bethpage, NY. In case you haven’t heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience, and this is our final #IndieTakeover of the week.…

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#IndieTakeover No 4: Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 4. I am excited to introduce you to today’s #IndieTakeover guest: Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee in Tehachapi, CA. In case you haven’t heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience. If you missed our previous #IndieTakeovers this week, you can check them…

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#IndieTakeover No. 3: Torrian Denise at Dorneé Natural Body Luxuries

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 3. I am excited to introduce you to today’s #IndieTakeover guest: Torrian Denise of Dorneé Natural Body Luxuries in Twinsburg, Ohio. In case you haven’t heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience. If you missed our previous #IndieTakeovers this week, you can check…

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#IndieTakeover No. 2: La Shonda Tyree at Nyah Beauty and Soap Coach

Welcome to Day 2 of #IndieTakeover. Today, we’ll follow La Shonda Tyree of Nyah Beauty and Handmade Soap Coach in Paterson, New Jersey. In case you haven’t heard, #IndieTakeover is an exciting way to help you expose your brand to more people. If you missed our first #IndieTakeover yesterday, with Jennifer Waller of Celtic Complexion,…

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#IndieTakeover No. 1: Jennifer Waller at Celtic Complexion

Iam excited to introduce you to today’s #IndieTakeover guest: Jennifer Waller of Celtic Complexion in Raleigh, North Carolina. In case you haven’t heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to build community and engagement around your brand. On your #IndieTakever day, you literally take over IBN’s Instagram account and share a day in the life…

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Episode 41: Kara Brook: Waxing Kara and The Honey House, Owings Mills, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 41 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Kara Brook of Waxing Kara and The Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland. Kara says that entrepreneurship is in her DNA. As you’ll hear in the first part of the interview, her business experience includes leading Internet-based startups,…

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Introducing IBN’s New Tracking Progress Worksheets!

Studies show that when you track your progress toward specific goals, you greatly increase your chances of actually achieving your goals. That’s why I’m excited to announce IBN’s newest member benefit — our Tracking Progress Worksheets! Using our new customized worksheets, our members can easily and quickly track their progress toward the goals that will…

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5 Reasons Why Instagram’s Algorithm is Irrelevant

Recently, Instagram announced that it will change the order in which posts are displayed to users. Currently, posts are displayed in chronological order, so that your followers see what you post in the order you post it. While it’s not completely clear how posts will be displayed after the change is implemented, it is clear…

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Announcing #IndieCruise MasterMind 2017: Refresh – Refine – Results

I am excited to announce the theme and exotic retreat destination for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2017. I’m even more thrilled to share our new collaboration with a non-profit organization to benefit native Caribbean people in Haiti. More about that later. First, for those who don’t know, #IndieCruise is a small, intimate, limited seat retreat for Makers…

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Successful Wholesale (and More) in a Small Town [Video]

This. Just this. This video packs a powerful punch in a small package: succinct wholesale tips, a teenpreneur daughter, family business inspiration, customer support in a small town (Rocky Mount, North Carolina), and more. Kimberly Thigpen is a wife and mother of six, and not only that, she’s a stellar example of successful entrepreneurship in…

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6 Keys to Going Big in Business Without Growing Big in Business

When it comes to entrepreneurship, the saying “Go big or go home,” can be interpreted to mean that if your business if not big in size, then it somehow doesn’t count. I disagree with that philosophy. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, and it sure doesn’t mean stronger or more profitable. In fact, a business that…

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fall in love with your business again

7 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Business Again

Hearken back to the early days at the launch of your business. Remember how excited you were? How giddy you felt? Finally, you were going to have a business of your own. You were in love with it and everything else in the world, and then BAM!! You began to get into a rut. The…

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the importance of ad libbing and being flexible in your business

How to Ad Lib Your Business

Blab closed in August 2016, so we removed the video. You can still read the tips and strategies Anne-Marie and I discussed in this post. While planning is critical to success as an entrepreneur, flexibility is equally important. There are times when you just have to ad lib your business, not knowing exactly what to…

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5 Ways to Take a Semi-Sabbatical

I have written previously about the power of the pause, and how important it is to step away and press the reset button from time to time. I did so last week. I am freshly returned from my 6th Annual #IndieCruise Mastermind Retreat for Creative Entrepreneurs, and I have firmly pressed the reset button. Here…

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