Makers on the Move (Episode 3: July 2017)

The Indie Business Network is composed of hundreds of very powerful creators, from all walks of life and representing all 50 states. Whether they're enjoying a fun retail gift show, a well-deserved media feature, or hanging out together at a maker show, our members are always focused on making awesome products for their adoring fans. I love bringing you their inspiring stories and … [Read more...]

The Story of the Indie Business Podcast

Click here to listen to current episodes of the Indie Business Podcast. This post shares the story of how I started and grew the Indie Business Podcast ... before the word "podcast" really existed. It also kicks off a a series of encore presentations of all of my podcasts from 2005 to 2010. Before "podcasting," live or recorded online audio shows were known as "digital radio shows." I … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Let’s Have Our Best Day Ever Together!

This giveaway event has ended. Read more blog posts here. As you may recall, the July 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club is reading Live Your Best Day Ever by our member, Anne-Marie Faiola. (If you are not a member of our free book club, you can join here.) In addition to leading Bramble Berry, her soapmaking supply business (more about that in this Indie Business Podcast episode), … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 2: July 2017)

There is no grass growing underneath the well manicured feet of the members of the Indie Business Network, and I bring you proof of that every week. No matter what part of the country you live in, you can be inspired by (and maybe even create some fun new collaborations with) members of the Indie Business Network. Last week, we brought you makers who are moving and shaking in Indiana, … [Read more...]

Launching Today: Phase 1 of Our New IBN Member Site

Today, I'm pleased to announce a major upgrade to IBN's member area. This post provides you with an overview of the exciting new changes. First, note that our new member area is now completely separate from this website. While we have a new website for our members, this website is still the place to come to join the Indie Business Network. We are rolling out our site upgrades in three phases, and … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 8: Bath, Body, Candle Moments

Welcome to Episode 8 of the Maker Mastermind Show. If you missed previous episodes, you can binge watch them here. Be sure to join the free Maker Mastermind group on Facebook so you can join us live for the next show, and be entered to win prizes and/or get discount codes on the artisan made products you love. In this episode, I and my co-host, Christine Laureano, interview Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo of … [Read more...]

Going Out of Business Success Story: Bath Nation

Most of our Featured Member articles share the stories of our members who are moving and shaking, growing their Maker businesses, and using them to define success on their own terms. But once in a while, we celebrate a member's decision to move on. Today, I have one such "moving on" story to share with you. This post showcases a husband and father who has decided to follow a new path, and … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 1: July 2017)

If you are reading all of the bad news in the media about how retail is dying, you are probably missing out on the good news that handmade is the new American manufacturing. In case you don't believe me, here is some proof. Last week, we highlighted products from our members in Indiana, New York, and Connecticut. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you … [Read more...]

July 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Live Your Best Day Ever

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the July 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: Live Your Best Day Ever, by Anne-Marie Faiola. In case you did not know, Anne-Marie Faiola is a member of the Indie Business Network through her Bramble Berry soapmaking supply business. She has also been a speaker on Indie Cruise, my annual Caribbean retreat for Makers … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Introvert Entrepreneur

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. For the June 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow, PCC. While the book is aimed at introverts, it is also a great book for any small business owner, solopreneurs in particular, who wants to improve their marketing, collaboration, and networking strategies. If you're not familiar … [Read more...]