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Indie Mom Turns Sewing Habit Into Thriving Business Like all new moms, Jill Bredow used soft blankets to welcome her babies into the world. Like me, she made them herself. Like me, she didn’t care whether anyone else liked them. Like me, she just wanted to make her kids feel loved. The similarities end there.…

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Indie Gets Her Own TV Show!

Aromatherapy Comes To The Small Screen Indies wear lots of hats and juggle a dizzying number of balls in the air. But a truly impressive Indie is one who can catch more balls than she drops. Take Indie Beauty Network member Noelle Katai (pronounced "Kay-Tai"), of Vim Essentials, for example. She contacted me earlier this…

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The SBA Wants To Honor You!

Hundreds Of Businesses Will Be Celebrated, Why Not Yours? In April 2008, we will celebrate Small Business Week. To mark the event, as it does every year, the US Small Business Administration will recognize small business owners for the contributions they make to our nation’s economy, to society and to communities across America.     …

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This Is Embarrassing

It’s been 5 days since I started Indies For The Cure, and it’s getting embarrassing. I know the Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day for optimum weight management. I also know there are studies showing that that’s the equivalent of taking about 10,000 steps each day. When I started…

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Orange County Register

Back in my real job days, I spent a lot of time criss crossing the country between Washington, DC and Orange County, California. I once went out there to cross examine John Paul DeJoria, founder and owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, in a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit. But I digress.          …

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What I Learned From Tori Spelling

I always thought of Tori Spelling as a snotty, rich, spoiled brat. Maybe that’s because she was one in Beverly Hills 90210. Or maybe it’s because after seeing her father’s 123-room, 56,000 square foot Hollywood mega-mansion, I was just jealous.            Either way, when Tori & Dean Inn Love, Tori’s reality show…

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." So says Proverbs 14:23. Preachy, I know, but it makes the point. How many times have you or someone you’ve known said, "I’m going to start a business next year," or "I’m going to do such and such to make my business…

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Free Ride Or Free Agent?

Have you ever turned down $25,000? I have. One of my last traditional jobs was at a law firm. I started the job in January, and in March, the firm increased my annual salary by $25,000. It wasn’t because I was brilliant. (I’m not, but you already knew that.) It seems they had decided that…

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What's Your Side Hustle?

Remember the air traffic controllers strike of the 1980’s? Then President Reagan ordered the striking workers back to work under threat of termination. Those who didn’t return to work were fired. Those who did are now headed for handsome retirement packages. Their replacements earn 70% of the outgoing workers’ salary, yet they work harder and…

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Indies For The Cure

Two decades ago, my mother-in-law succumbed to breast cancer. While I never knew her well, I had a few precious opportunities to talk with her briefly in my youth. In hindsight of course, not nearly enough.                          This month, I am wearing a pedometer. In November, in…

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Vault Episode #80: Lillian and Dave Brummet [Podcast]

The Vault is an archive of my first podcasts so there is a record for you to enjoy. Welcome to the Vault Episode 80 featuring my interview with Lillian and Dave Brummet, the authors of “Purple Snowflake Marketing”. As we all know, marketing yourself and your business is of utmost importance. Donna Maria believes that a…

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The UpSide Of Frustration

Has technology ever disappointed you? Last week, my email software program suffered a massive coronary. At first, I refused to believe it, as if ignorning the problem would make it reverse itself. I rebooted and gently clicked all the right buttons. Ack! My mind screamed in frustration, yet I resisted the urge to kill Laptop…

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Grow 'Til You Go

An Example of Living Well When was the last time you read something that impacted the way you perceived life? Earlier today, I read "grow ’til you go" as the part of an endorsement on the outside back cover of a book. I can’t remember the book or the author, but I do remember that…

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The Whole Hog Business Blog

Going “whole hog” means devoting yourself entirely and completely to something. As Indies, if we’re not going whole hog in business, we’re pretty much not going anywhere, right? And if a blog is added to the mix, the only way to make it worth our time is to go whole hog with that too. Easier…

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