How to Build Your Own Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Entrepreneurship is messy, but it would be a lot more messy for me if I did not intentionally operate my business in the midst of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows it (and me) to thrive. From very early in my business, I predicted that my personal life situation would not always be a bed of…

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Meet me at Connection Day 2015: Portland

I will host Connection Day 2015: Portland, on October 11-12, 2015, with hotel check-in and Indie Yappy Hour the evening before! (I’ll be hosting Connection Day New York City in September, so I could not leave out my members over on the other side of the country now could I?) Sponsored by one of IBN’s…

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How to Cultivate Your Personal Entrepreneurial Style

While most entrepreneurs invest considerable resources to acquire the knowledge-based and functional skills needed to grow a business, not all entrepreneurs put as much effort into cultivating a personal entrepreneurial style to complement their business as it grows. As a business leader, you owe it to yourself and your business to cultivate a personal entrepreneurial…

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Rule No. 1: Authenticity Matters

It’s never a good idea to be someone you are not. It’s an even worse idea to be someone you are not in the age of the Internet. Authenticity has always mattered. It matters now, more than ever. Over the last several days, I have watched in stunned awe as former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal…

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7 Characteristics of a High Value Business Collaboration

Each week, I receive dozens of invitations to collaborate in new business ventures of one kind or another. I decline nearly all of them because I do not want to spread myself too thin. When I do enter into a collaborative relationship with another entrepreneur, I generally do so because the collaboration has very specific…

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7 Reasons You Might Be Losing Customers (and what to do about it)

This article is about doing specific things to ensure that you are not losing customers on a consistent basis. Obviously, you can’t afford to continually lose customers if you want your business to be solid and sustainable over the long haul. If you are losing customers (and therefore money), it is often for one of…

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#MakerBizChat No. 10: How to Start a Membership Site

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 Build a Membership-Based Business. While most people use the terms…

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Our June 2015 Access Q+A Coaching Call is Today!

Every month, I and IBN’s Head Coach, Christine Laureano, host a private member call designed to give members an opportunity to get the answers to their most pressing business questions NOW! Today is that day for this month. This is the very BEST day of the month for me because it’s a chance to make…

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Season 3, Episode 7: “Makers on Main Street” with Kristin Fraser [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this seventh episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet Kristin Fraser of The Grapeseed Company in Santa Barbara, California. Kristin calls herself a “born entrepreneur,” and with good reason. She was born into a family of people who encouraged her…

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How to Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes Made by New Bloggers

If you are a new blogger, chances are your feelings about blogging vacillate between intense hatred and enthusiastic overkill. This post, if you act on it, will change all of that. You may not believe this, but I once hated blogging. (I talk more about this here.) Forcing myself to blog regularly ensured that I…

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8 Ways to Add Value to Professional Facebook Groups

If you participate in any professional Facebook groups, you surely know that some people add value to the group while others … not so much. If you are reading this post, you are probably the type of person who wants to add as much value as possible. Luckily, the Indie Business Network private member Facebook…

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6 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Start a Business

Now really is the best time to start a business. How do I know? Because I started one 15 years ago, and when I compare the process then to the process now, there is little doubt that it’s easier and much more fun to start one now. When I started the Indie Business Network in…

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Our Blog Your Brand 30-Day Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

The 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge was a huge success, and dozens of Indie Business Network members won a complimentary year of IBN membership after they blogged consistently for thirty straight days. At the conclusion of the Challenge, I opened the doors to the Blog Your Brand Facebook Group to the public. Click here to…

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#MakerBizChat No. 9: Top 5 (Easy) Ways to Improve Your WordPress Website

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 Top 5 (Easy) Ways to Improve Your WordPress Website, and the conversation…

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Season 3, Episode 6: “Makers on Main Street” with Torrian Howell [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 6 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet Torrian Howell of Dorneé Natural Body and Hair Luxuries in Twinsburg, Ohio (near Cleveland). Torrian is the single mother of one son, and even with her business going gangbusters and a…

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Welcome to Our Shareable Images Gallery

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new shareable image gallery, a collection of originally designed inspirational quotes and images you can share with your friends. Just click on an image you like, choose your social media channel and share! I began posting inspirational quotes a few years ago here at the blog…

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How to Embrace Overwhelm Without Being Overwhelmed

Into every Maker Business, a little Overwhelm must fall. Dictionary.com defines “overwhelmed” as “to overcome completely in mind or feeling.” Yep. That’s what I mean. As entrepreneurs, we cannot completely eliminate overwhelm. It’s part of the entrepreneurial lifestyle. In fact, if you are not somewhat overwhelmed from time to time, you may be on your…

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Season 3, Episode 5: Makers on Main Street with Kismet Andrews [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet Kismet Andrews of Bar Maids in Brush Prairie, Washington. Kismet held down a full-time job working eighty hours a week for several years after the started her business, and when she…

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Season 3, Episode 4: Makers on Main Street with Michelle Rhoades [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Perry, Georgia. Michelle’s introduction to business ownership began with a foray into the world of direct sales. She was very successful at it, but…

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