Announcing Find Indie Makers!

Find Indie Makers has been replaced by IBN’s official Member Directory. I am pleased to announce the launch of Find Indie Makers, a new website that helps you find and buy the locally made artisanal and handmade products you love so much! Find Indie Makers is a showplace for the products and services produced and…

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Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced S-1014: Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015. You can read it here. This piece of legislation is the latest in a string of proposed cosmetics laws that have been introduced and/or circulated on Capitol Hill since 2008, but which have either never been referred…

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#MakerBizChat No. 3: How to Add New Income Streams to Your Maker Business

On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, I host #MakerBizChat, an Instagram event to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs build a solid business foundation, increase your income, and use your business to create the life you love. Our topic last night was How to Add New Income Streams to Your Maker Business, and my…

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#MakerBizChat No. 2: Entrepreneurial Mindset Musts For Makers

On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, the Indie Business Network hosts #MakerBizChat, an Instagram event to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs build a solid business foundation, increase your income, and use your business to create the life you love. Our guest this week was ME, Donna Maria! Our topic last night is near…

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The April 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

Today is one of my favorite days of the month because we host our monthly member coaching call this afternoon! I love expert authors and gurus, but peer-to-peer mentoring is the best because you get insights and advice from people who are doing what you are doing. They GET you, so they know how to…

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Indie Business Podcast: Season 02: Women, Wealth & Wow: Archive

What an amazing Season 02 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was thrill to share the stories of how our guests knocked down every fear and every wall in pursuit of their best selves. We are now gearing up for Season 03, the first episode of which will be released on May 6.…

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Video: #IndieCruise 2015

Athough it’s hard to capture seven days of Masterminding and Eastern Caribbean excursions in just a few seconds, this video offers a taste of the awesomeness that was #IndieCruise 2015. Our theme for #IndieCruise 2015 was Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. From February 8 to February 15, 2015. We had…

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Season 2, Episode 12: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Neenz Faleafine [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh and final episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to Neenz Faleafine of Pono Media in Hawaii. Through her business, Neenz helps entrepreneurs develop “virtual solutions for real-life results.” Some might say she is a social media…

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How to Participate in #MakerBizChat: Wednesdays at 8pm ET on Instagram!

Welcome to #MakerBizChat, the only weekly chat on Instagram! #MakerBizChat is a peer-to-peer networking and mentoring event where Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs come together to learn, share, grow, and meet other like-minded small business owners. #MakerBizChat takes place on Wednesdays from 8-8:30pm ET, and all you need to participate is your mobile phone open to…

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Indie Business Tips [Video]: March 30 – April 3, 2015

This week, for the first time, I invited a guest to deliver one of your Indie Business Tips! Author and speaker Marlon Smith and I met on Thursday to record some video to announce his new “Personal Branding Summit,” coming up in Charlotte next month. While there, I asked him to share a 10-second business…

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Season 2, Episode 11: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Lisa Price [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my friend Lisa Price, the founder of Carol’s Daughter. In 1992, Lisa began making lotions and potions in her Brooklyn kitchen, and selling them under the brand name Carol’s…

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Announcing #IndieCruise 2016: Make – Market – Monetize

Today, I am excited to share that #IndieCruise will continue in exotic retreat destinations where you will step away from the fast-paced demands of business, and experience unconditional love and support as you craft the next iteration of your life. You can register for #IndieCruise 2016 now by clicking here. If you have any questions…

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Road Trip to The Nova Studio [Video]

Last week, I received a surprise email from Trina Espinosa, aka Ms. Beautyphile, via LinkedIn. Trina linked me to a video she made featuring her visit to The Nova Studio, which has been an Indie Business Network member since 2006. The video was so cute that I had to share it with you. The video…

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Indie Business Tips [Video]: March 23-27, 2015

The first week of spring means I can make more videos outside, yippee! This week was my first one back after a week of travel. I’m excited to be home for the next several weeks, as my next travel is not until May. I am really enjoying making these #IndieBusinessTips videos for you. Before I…

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Handmade Springtime at the Indie Business Network

It’s springtime! After this crazy winter, who isn’t excited about that?! As we progress toward the end of the first week of spring, I am pleased to share some of the graphics our members are using to share their seasonal handmade wares with you. Let’s kick things off spring with three of our Indie Maker…

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The More Publishing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

In 2008, I wrote a short article entitled Your New Career: Publisher. If you missed it, you can read it here. Back then, there was no such thing as Pinterest or Instagram, and WordPress and YouTube were only three years old. The principles I shared in that post are more relevant today than they were…

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#IndieCruise Sails to Permanent Dry Dock (But Wait There’s More!)

Last month, I had the privilege of hosting the 5th annual #IndieCruise MasterMind. Our theme this year was Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. We sailed to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Coco Cay. A fabulous time was had by all. I made a big and completely unexpected announcement at the…

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What I Learned at Central Soapers Workshop

Yesterday, I shared a summary and the slides from my “Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs” presentation at Central Soapers. Today, I’m excited to share some of the things I learned from other speakers. But first, here is a quick video showcasing the fun. (Press the arrow to play the video. Press anywhere in…

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Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at the last ever Central Soapers Workshop. Hosted by our member, Kenna Cote of Modern Soapmaking, the event was huge fun, and filled with people who are so happy to be earning a living making and selling the handmade products their customers love. I received super…

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