Book Review: Blue Ocean Strategy

This month, we read Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne in the Indie Business Book Club. While the book is aimed primarily at large, traditional businesses, our book club members managed to scale some of the advice to fit our needs. Before I get to the review, let me just encourage you not to automatically dismiss business and personal development books that are not … [Read more...]

June 2017 Indie Business Book Club: The Introvert Entrepreneur

I am pleased to announce the June 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Introvert Entrepreneur, by Beth Buelow. Thanks to our book club member, Univerze Ramos of Bubbly Moon Naturals in New York for suggesting this book. If you're not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. We start reading the new book together on Monday, June 5. Click here to … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (May 2017)

Every week, Indie Business Network members do amazing things, and I remind them of the benefits of being bold and out loud about their achievements. Members are encouraged to brag on themselves, and when they do, it's another opportunity for me to brag on them. Whether it's opening a retail store, or launching a branded Facebook group, or even taking a much-needed sabbatical from a very active … [Read more...]

Episode 55: Paul Chambers of The Gentleman’s Box [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 55 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Paul Chambers of The Gentleman's Box and The Subscription Summit. A few years back, through his web design company, Paul was asked to design a website for a subscription box company. Seeing more than just a website design gig, Paul offered to design the site in exchange for part ownership in the box. Today, … [Read more...]

The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017

For nearly a decade, this blog has recounted the journey of multiple pieces of proposed legislation designed to amend cosmetics laws in the United States. This post is the latest in that series. Yesterday, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017. A bill with the same name had been introduced in 2015 as I told you here, but … [Read more...]

Episode 54: Exciting Changes at Indie Business Podcast! [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 54 of the Indie Business Podcast! This time, it's just me. No guest, and I have something fun and exciting to share with you today. Indie Business Podcast has helped so many people gain the skills and confidence, and enjoy the mentoring, they need to be successful as Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. My listeners tell me they love the format, and they look forward to each … [Read more...]

The Indie Business Podcast Story

This post tells the story of how I got started as a podcaster, and why. I'll also share a bit about why I'm making some big changes to the Indie Business Podcast. Strap yourself in for a journey. I've come a long way, baby! I hosted my first Internet radio show in 2005, just one year after the word "podcast" was ever used. At that time, the only person I knew of who hosted an Internet radio … [Read more...]

Episode 53: Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 53 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Briar Winters of Marble & Milkweed in New York City. Briar launched her business in 2010 after a career as a pastry chef in a Manhattan hotel. The tagline for Briar's business is "analog beauty," a mindset that very much represents the simplicity and elegance of her handmade products. On Indie Business … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 3: Adoratherapy

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Maker Mastermind Show (formerly the Artisan Made Show). If you missed the first two episodes, you can catch them here and here. In this episode, I and my co-host, Christine Laureano, interview Adora Winquist of Adoratherapy in Asheville, North Carolina, and she answers the question when did you stop making stuff and start making money? Adora had been making stuff … [Read more...]

Road Trip of a Lifetime, Part 1

When our member, Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California, reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to blog her and fellow IBN member Kristina Nanninga's upcoming "road trip of a lifetime," I immediately jumped at the chance because I knew it would be fun and I knew you would love it. Here are the Indie road trippers. That's Christina on the left, and Kristina … [Read more...]