Indie Business Network: 2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! As we glide into 2017, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve thousands of Makers and Artisan Entrepreneurs all across the nation. It is such an honor to serve you. 2016 was a year of great intention for the Indie Business Network. We introduced a…

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Book Review: Living Forward

For the past few months, we’ve been reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy in the Indie Business Book Club. The subtitle of this book, A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, is really on point. This book really is a life plan template, and if you work…

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Our 2017 Member Badge is Here!

The new 2017 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for the current year. After you log in, choose the “Get your 2017 Member Badge” icon and follow the prompts to display your current membership…

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Cynthia Johnston’s Cross Country Wholesale Stockist Tour

Our member, Cynthia Johnston of Moonmaid Botanicals in Cosby, Tennessee, traveled hundreds of miles across the country to visit several of her wholesale stockists, and the results were fabulous. Read on to enjoy the story behind this epic trip, and get some tips to plan one of your own. As Cynthia neared her 20th year…

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Artisan Made Show: Episode 2: Handcrafted Honeybee

UPDATE: Here is updated information on the Artisan Made Show! Welcome to Episode 2 of the Artisan Made Show. (If you missed Episode 1, you can check it out here.) On today’s show, we are selling products made by our member, Stacia Guzzo at Handcrafted Honeybee in Tehachapi, California. Watch the episode below (and scroll…

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I’m Speaking at the US Lavender Conference

I‘m coming to Arizona! I am excited to share that I’ll be speaking at the United States Lavender Conference in January. I recently read that there are more than 300 independently owned lavender farms in the United States today. How great that we no longer have to go to France to enjoy the many benefits…

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Artisan Made Show: Episode 1

A few days ago, I told you about the the Artisan Made Show, the world’s first live virtual home shopping show featuring local and artisan Indie brands on Facebook. Today, I hosted the first episode. You can watch it below. Here are our guests, in order of appearance, with time stamps. Sparklefly Candles: Anne Marie…

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Announcing the Artisan Made Show!

UPDATE: Here is updated information on the Artisan Made Show! On Monday morning, December 12, I will host the Artisan Made Show, the world’s first live virtual home shopping show featuring local and artisan Indie brands on Facebook. Grab a cup of coffee or tea after you start your day, and then shop from wherever…

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Mastermind Your Way to Success

I want to take a moment to make sure you know about a podcast appearance I made recently. Our Indie Business Network member and Head Coach, Christine Laureano, interviewed me on her Creative Entrepreneurs Online Podcast. She asked me to share from my experience about one of my favorite topics: the entrepreneurial mastermind. As you…

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Announcing the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

I am excited to announce the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! The Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards allows artisans and their customers and clients to nominate and vote in six categories that uniquely reflect the creativity and innovative spirit of the artisan entrepreneur: • artisan product(s) • product photography • Instagram imagery…

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Alana Rivera Spotlights San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium

Our member, Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie, was interviewed this past weekend by the host of KTVU in Oakland, California, about the San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium which took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Watch the video below. As Alana shares in the interview, the event featured over 200 brands of…

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Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2016: San Francisco

To register or request Maker Mastermind Live in your city, click here. Masker Mastermind San Francisco was fantastic! Twenty engaged and determined creative entrepreneurs joined together for two days of Masterminding, goal setting and fun. After I delivered a presentation designed to help everyone plan their businesses for long term success, we piled into several…

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Shaquille O’Neal and Kendrick Lamar Love Handmade!

We’ve known how awesome handmade soap is for decades, but some people are just now figuring it out. Check this video of rapper Kendrick Lamar and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal finally “getting it.” How fun is that? This video is part of American Express’s Shop Small initiative, where card holders can earn rewards when they…

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Episode 50: Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural in Bennington, Kansas. Wildly Natural is a fun and fairly new mineral makeup company run by a woman who loved makeup so much that she talked her mom into becoming a Mary Kay consultant…

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Episode 49: Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti build self-sustaining businesses and become more economically empowered. I recorded this interview just a few short days after Hurricane Matthew left a path…

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Episode 48: Toushonta Hogan of Scent_sa-tional Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Toushonta of Scent_sa-tional Soaps in Los Angeles, CA. As you’ll hear on this episode, Toushonta has had two phases of her business. The first was a warmup phase, which ended when she worked through a bit of an entrepreneurial…

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Don’t Let DIY Become DYI in Your Small Business

I am sure you are familiar with the acronym, DIY, standing for “do-it-yourself.” But you are probably not familiar with the new acronym I just created, DYI, standing for “do-yourself-in.” One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business is to rely on the Internet to teach you everything you need to know to…

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Episode 47: Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans outside my fabulous hometown of Washington, DC. (Sorry for calling it episode 46 in the podcast recording.) As you’ll hear on this episode, as a former practicing…

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Do These Things to Lead a Successful Facebook Group

Now that you know how a branded Facebook group can help your business grow, it’s time to learn how to lead a successful Facebook group, so it produces the results you want. Leading a successful Facebook group is not complicated, but it requires a good bit of thought. If you’ve ever been a part of…

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