Today's Indie Business Radio Show Postponed

Due to the sudden hospitalization of my father, today's Indie Business Radio Show with Dr. Brad Swift has been postponed to a later date, to be announced. In the meantime, you can buy Dr. Swift's book, "Life On Purpose" at Amazon. A special encore of my show with Jamila White, the "E-Commerce Diva," will air in its place at 1:00pm EST on Global Talk Radio. Please enjoy Indie … [Read more...]

The Value of Vision

Vision is an essential element of any business. If you do not have a vision for what your business will become, you cannot wisely choose which steps to take to achieve anything. This short clip represents the first steps toward implementation of an expanded vision for Indie Business Media.That was the first show introduction my husband (and business partner) and I put together. We've already … [Read more...]

Summer Facial Mask

When I'm not working on all things Indie, I can sometimes be found using stuff in our fridge to make natural cosmetics. My daughter and I whipped up Summer Facial Mask with ingredients we had on hand and some green clay from Indie Beauty Network member From Nature With Love. It's best for oily skin, which mine is, and will leave your skin refreshed and clean. Summer Facial Mask Ingredients 1 … [Read more...]

Purely Enchanting: Combining Family & Business

The dictionary defines enchantment as a magical spell, and that's what Debbie and Bill Brink of Pure Enchantment in Rocky River, Ohio cast on me when I finally met them in person at the Conference of Handcrafted Soapmakers earlier this month. (See more conference photos here.) The couple launched Pure Enchantment in 2003 after discovering the benefits of using handmade soap on a family vacation in … [Read more...]

I Love Picnik!

While I run my business almost entirely online, I am surprisingly awful with computers. I am particularly terrible at using traditional software programs like PhotoShop to edit and load clear, quality images to my websites and blog without pulling out all of my hair (or what's left of it since I whacked it off earlier this month.) Enter Kim Baron, my website designer at Fallen Muse WebWorks. … [Read more...]

I Hope You Enjoy Memorial Day!

I am of two minds about celebrating Memorial Day because it is so difficult to see so many suffer for reasons that I do not personally embrace. God bless those who have served and are serving. … [Read more...]

I Cut My Hair

I have always liked my hair. It's a little on the frizzy side in this picture, but it was taken while I was moving last week. My hair is soft, naturally curly, grows quickly and is long enough to throw up a French braid or pony tail and be out the door in no time. And my husband likes it a lot. Over the past few years, silver hairs have started to appear. At first, I thought it was neat, but then … [Read more...]

Conference Photos!

Here are some pictures from the Conference of Handcrafted Soap Makers held earlier this month. As you can see, I was like the paparazzi flitting around from one Indie to another meeting, greeting and photo-opping. Will post more photos later. L. dM and Brenda Sievers of Oak Court Creations. Brenda sells soap, candle and cosmetic making supplies, and Aroma Art, a paper product sold in sheets or … [Read more...]

A Word To The Wordy

As a former full-time attorney, I have several dysfunctions. Apparently, one of them is using 50 words when I only need 28. I was delighted when Marcia Yudkin (pictured) responded to my request for tips on brevity by describing my writing as "strong but repetitive". She then published "Shorter: Say It In Fewer Words," 40 pages of tips and case studies to make your writing more … [Read more...]

From Sea To Shining Sea

Please join me in welcoming several Indies to the ever-expanding Indie Beauty Network family. It never ceases to amaze me what a blessing it is to connect so many like-minded people from across the nation. Stop by their websites to pick up your favorite Indie beauty treats, and while you're there, let them know you heard about them through the Indie Business Blog! Georgia: Body Scrub Factory, … [Read more...]