How a Branded Facebook Group Can Help Your Business Grow

Did you know that managing branded Facebook groups can help you grow your business? You may have heard a lot about Facebook groups recently, especially since Facebook has forced business page managers to pay a fee to display more than a few of their posts to their fans. As a result of this “pay to…

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Summer 2016 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge Starts Now!

It’s time for the Summer 2016 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge, and we start right now! This is the perfect time for a blogging challenge. It’s July, but we are moving steadily and quickly toward the fall season, and now is the time to attract people to your site for a look-see so you have…

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Episode 46: How I Put the I-N-D-I-E in the Indie Business Network [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Indie Business Podcast! This episode marks a bit of a milestone: it’s the first ever in which I am not interviewing a guest. I am not changing the things permanently. I will continue to bring you the best inspirational stories of Makers around the nation, but I am changing…

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How to be an Entrepreneurial Multiplier

One of the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur is that she is a relentless multiplier. The same can be said of any successful person really, but the ability to bring about multiple beneficial business outcomes as a result of a single action is a requirement for everyone who expects to lead a profitable and sustainable…

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Episode 45: Christina Wennstrom: Soap Seas, Redondo Beach, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California. Before we dive in, I want you to know that I recorded this episode at my mother’s dining room table on a day when her alarm malfunctioned and my children…

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Episode 44: Khadija Dawn Carryl: Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 44 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Khadija Dawn Carryl of Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland. Khadija launched Henna Sooq 11 years ago when she was the mother of four kids under the age of six. Today, her business has multiple income streams, and she credits a…

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Episode 43: Jennifer Hardaway: KleanSpa, Burbank, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 43 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Jennifer Hardaway of KleanSpa in Burbank, California. As you’ll hear first-hand, Jennifer got the idea for her brand in December 2004 while driving down the street, just minding her business. By 2005, she was making and retailing sugar scrubs…

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Memorial Day 2016

Along with you, today, I honor those who served! I have never lost a loved one to war, but I know that many of you have, or you have served with the fallen. As we relax, beach, and barbecue today, I join you in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could have…

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Episode 42: Michelle Smith: MamaSuds, Goodrich, Michigan [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Michelle Smith of MamaSuds, Maker of natural cleaning products in Goodrich, Michigan. Michelle is a former middle school teacher who began making household cleaners for her family after she and her husband began their family. Encouraged by her…

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Is Social Comparison Bias Sabotaging Your Small Business?

Wondering why you are not getting the results you think you deserve? By focusing on other people, you may be sabotaging your own success. It starts when you are young. Your brother gets a fancy birthday party, so you want a better fancy birthday party. Your sister got an expensive makeover for Christmas, and now…

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Entrepreneurial Lessons from #2x4Live: Nashville

I recently co-hosted a two-day event filled with entrepreneurial lessons: 2x4Live: Nashville, with three business colleagues: Lela Barker, Anne-Marie Faila and Kayla Fioravanti. If you were there, you already know what a treat it was. If you were not there, then strap yourself in for an overview of the presentations you missed. Entrepreneurial Lessons from…

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#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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