Recap: #IndieCruise Day 1: Cocktail Party and Refresh

It's Monday, and I am here at #IndieCruise 2017, in lovely Punta Cana, with 38 other entrepreneurs for my annual Mastermind retreat. Our theme for this year is Refresh | Refine | Results, and you can read more about it here. Today was our arrival day, so we had a lovely dinner where we re-connected with old friends and met some new ones. We also had fun beginning the "refresh" process by … [Read more...]

IBN Members at Atlanta’s America’s Mart

I love telling you about the amazing things our members do, and how dedicated they are to serving their customers. Today, I want to introduce you quickly to Maggie Hanus of A Wild Soap Bar outside Austin, Texas, and Caitlin Abshier of Revive Bath + Body in Atlanta. Here they are today at Atlanta's America's Mart, the largest permanent wholesale marketplace of its kind. According to its … [Read more...]

How to Compete Well

If you have been in business for even a day, you know that your products are probably not the best ones on the market. You may also know that there are lots of people who are serving in the same niche as you, and maybe even doing a better job than you. You know all of this because, thanks to new technologies, everything is out in the open in business today. You can clearly see what everyone else … [Read more...]

Enter to Win One of Three Best Day Ever Challenge Spots!

For the past several months, I have been devoting more of my time and energy to taking better care of myself physically. One of the people who is helping me do that is my friend, Anne-Marie Faiola who is a fitness and nutrition expert. Last year, I joined her Best Day Ever Challenge, which challenged me to cut back on the amount of sugar and carbohydrates I eat every day. It has been so hard, but … [Read more...]

Indie Business University is Now Open for Enrollment For a Limited Time!

I’m pleased to announce that Indie Business University (IBU) is officially open for enrollment for a limited time. My team and I have been working on it for months, and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you. I won’t repeat everything you can read at the Indie Business University enrollment page, but I do want to encourage you to check it out today. IBU is not a program. … [Read more...]

January-February 2017 Indie Business Book Club: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

I am pleased to announce the January-February 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey. Click here to join the club for free on Facebook. If you're not familiar with Indie Business Book Club, click here to learn more about how to participate. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the perfect … [Read more...]

Indie Business Network: 2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! As we glide into 2017, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve thousands of Makers and Artisan Entrepreneurs all across the nation. It is such an honor to serve you. 2016 was a year of great intention for the Indie Business Network. We introduced a lot of new member benefits and watched our members grow and thrive. More importantly, our … [Read more...]

Our 2017 Member Badge is Here!

The new 2017 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for the current year. After you log in, choose the "Get your 2017 Member Badge" icon and follow the prompts to display your current membership at your website and/or blog. at this link. The badge looks like this, except there … [Read more...]

Cynthia Johnston’s Cross Country Wholesale Stockist Tour

Our member, Cynthia Johnston of Moonmaid Botanicals in Cosby, Tennessee, traveled hundreds of miles across the country to visit several of her wholesale stockists, and the results were fabulous. Read on to enjoy the story behind this epic trip, and get some tips to plan one of your own. As Cynthia neared her 20th year in business, she felt the need toget out of her typical “environment” and … [Read more...]

Artisan Made Show: Episode 2: Handcrafted Honeybee

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Artisan Made Show. (If you missed Episode 1, you can check it out here.) On today's show, we are selling products made by our member, Stacia Guzzo at Handcrafted Honeybee in Tehachapi, California. Watch the episode below (and scroll down for a shipping special if you order by Monday!) Handcrafted Honeybee exists to help girls unlock their unlimited potential as … [Read more...]