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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I’ve Been Named Handmade Business Expert for Small Business Trends!

I am pleased to announce that I have been named the Handmade Business Expert for the Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. Small Business Trends content is syndicated through ACI Information Group (formerly Newstex) and other sites around the Web. This trusted…

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Get Lean In Your Business in 2016

Blab closed in August 2016, so we removed the video. You can still read the tips and strategies Melody and I discussed in this post. This Blab was recorded live on New Year’s Day on the Indie Business Blab channel. I hesitated to share it because there are times when the audio overlaps, resulting in…

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Our 2016 Member Badge is Here!

The new 2016 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code for the badge for the current year at this link. (Members: remember to log in before following the link to avoid the “Ooops” page!) The badge looks like this, except there…

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Join me on Blab: Get Lean in Your Business in 2016

It’s time to cut the fat! A few weeks ago, I reached out to fellow entrepreneur and Indie Business Network member Melody Bockelman of Private Label Insider to catch up and chat about life and business. The conversation ended up lasting nearly an hour, and as it progressed, we both concluded that we had to…

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Introducing Jennifer Smith, Your Indie Concierge

For many of you, this is no introduction. After all, most of my members have met Jennifer personally in our Secret Facebook Group. Others have benefited from her website and blog design services, especially using WordPress. What you may not know is that, for much of 2015, Jennifer was an integral part much of what…

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Top 12 Books for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in 2016

It was incredibly difficult to whittle this book list down to twelve, but I did it so I could present you with a monthly reading list for the New Year. I believe anyone can benefit from these books, whether or not they are an entrepreneur of any kind, and whether or not they have a…

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Merry Christmas 2015!

Unbelievably, it’s nearly 70° in Charlotte on Christmas Day! It’s a bit of a challenge to feel “Christmas-y” when it’s this warm, but regardless of the temperature, it’s still a wonderful day. My kids are happy with multiple electronics devices hanging out of their ears and hanging off of their bodies, plus there is a…

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Products For Your Fabulous Face

Your face is fabulous already. You don’t need anything to make it better than it already is. But if you like the idea of a bit of extra sparkle and smoothness, then you’ll love these products from members of the Indie Business Network and the 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide.

Give the Gift of Professionalism

How many creative entrepreneurs do you have on your holiday list? There are lots of ways to gift them something special, but I bet a professional service or program can be one of the last things that occurs to you. Our 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide Professional Services Department fixes that by offering the perfect…

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Craft and Body from the Indie Business Network

If you are looking for some pampering gifts to give your friends and family members this holiday season, then you have come to the right place. Indie Business Network members make a host of handcrafted bath and body products. There is so much to choose from, and something for everyone. You can check out the…

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Handmade Candles Add Beauty and Calm to the Holidays

If you like gifting candles for the holidays, you are in good company. According to the National Candle Association, 76% of people view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays. In case you are one of those people, this post will make it easy for you to give the gift of candles to add…

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8 Benefits of Using Social Media Before Your Business Launches

Are you gearing up to launch your dream business? If so, congratulations! You are well on your way to the one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of your life. You probably already know that social media must be a part of your success story, but what you may not know is that, once…

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Random Acts of Holiday Shopping

When you want to buy something special for someone special, but you don’t know what to buy, but you want to buy something they will definitely enjoy, you need to practice random acts of holiday shopping. Our 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide makes it easy by featuring tons of wonderful products made by members of…

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I’m the New Small Business Columnist at QCityMetro.com

If you’ve been following my entrepreneurial journey for a while, you may remember that I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina eight years ago from my hometown of Washington, DC. This was a relatively easy transition for me since I set up the Indie Business Network from the very beginning to allow me to work from…

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How to Overcome an Online Sales Slump

Are you disappointed by this year’s online holiday sales? Do you feel overwhelmed at the notion that your products, as great as they are, will still be collecting dust on a shelf at the end of the holiday season? Do you feel like you are not privy some kind of secret magic sauce that others…

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Announcing 2×4 Live: Nashville

What better day to announce 2×4 Live than today — Small Business Saturday! After nearly sixteen years of business ownership, which was preceded by a long career working for someone else, I have concluded that entrepreneurship is the most rewarding way to provide for yourself and your family while you also have fun and create…

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

As I embrace this wonderful day that we set aside in the US to reflect on the abundance and blessings in our lives, my thoughts turn to my Indie Business Network members, and Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs around the world. While we come from different backgrounds, and we have different hopes and dreams, a thread…

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