Join Donna Maria and Melinda Emerson, Your Small Biz Lady!

You may not be in Charlotte, North Carolina, like me, but even if you cannot attend this event, I still want yu to know about it, and to know about my friend, Melinda Emerson — also known as Small Biz Lady. Click the image below to print out the flyer. Register here. The Indie Business…

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How to Make Handmade Lip Balm [Video]

We love it when our members use video to tell their stories. If you have a handmade business, you are so lucky that you never have to do much work to create a fun video that can be shared thousands (or maybe millions!) of times during the life of your business. For example, check this…

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Season 2, Episode 5: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Pierre Bennu [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest and dear personal friend, Pierre Bennu, of exittheapple in Baltimore, Maryland. Pierre and I first met in 2010 when he joined me and his lovely wife, Jamyla…

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Telling Your Brand Story Through Video [Video]

Are you telling your brand story? Sure, some storytelling happens by default. You have to have an About page at your website, so people can read about your story there. If you do a trade show, you can tell your story in person. But those are static events. To truly solidify your brand in the…

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Hill Country Haiku: Cranberry and Figs Handmade Soap

Here is a positively beautiful bar of handmade soap. It’s Cranberry & Figs from our member over at Hill Country Haiku in Spicewood, Texas. Not surprisingly, it’s cross between the tartness of of cranberries and the sweetness of figs. What may be surprising is what a work of art it is. How gorgeous is this?…

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Season 2, Episode 4: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Becky McCray [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, we focus on all things local, rural, and small town with my guest Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival in Alva, Oklahoma … population 4,000 (give or take). Becky and her husband own…

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Handmade Beauty Products from Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington

Last month, some of our members were kind enough to send us some of their awesome handmade beauty products as a holiday “thank you” for how we serve them throughout the year. One of the products we received is a wonderful facial cream from our member, Marilene Richardson, at Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington. I’ll…

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The Internet: a Great Connector of People

Remember at the turn of the century when everyone predicted that the advance of the Internet and social media spelled the end of “real” personal communications? The theory was that, since you could connect online, there would be no need to connect in person anymore. Over the years, we have seen that this is simply…

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Sales Strategies for Artists From the American Made Show

Earlier this month, I attended the American made Show and the Arts Business Institute in Washington, DC. Hosted by Wendy Rosen (pictured in the front with me and some IBN members), the American Made Show is the premier wholesale trade show for handmade American made products. The Arts Business Institute is hosted in conjunction with…

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The January 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

Entrepreneurship can be fun. Well, it is fun. But it’s also messy, really messy. But it’s less messy when you approach your challenges in an environment where you are constantly supported. When people are there to help you, the challenges are less daunting. When you regularly soak up the energy of like-minded people, and share…

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Season 2, Episode 3: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Kathleen Gage [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I am going outside my comfort zone to introduce you to someone I barely know, but who has had a big positive impact on how I view entrepreneurship. One day, I got an…

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Season 2, Episode 2: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Lela Barker [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this second episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I’m sharing an invigorating conversation with a woman I have known for the past decade, and who has become an intricate part of our my life. While our relationship was once all business,…

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Maintaining a Sensible Personal Facebook Strategy

In 2009, I published a blog post about my then new social networking strategy. My focus was on Facebook, though other social media outlets were mentioned. Recently, a discussion in our Indie Business Network member Secret Facebook Group reminded me of that 2009 post, and how important it is to be intentional about how we…

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Our Members Masterminding in New York

Can you think of a better way to invest a Sunday afternoon than Masterminding with your fellow Indie entrepreneurs? Of course you can’t, and if you need some inspiration, check out our members in the New York region. They gathered today at Jennifer Wojcieski’s store, in2ition Mercantile, which we told you opened its doors last…

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Farm to Skin Cook-Off [Video]

This awesome video came to our attention, courtesy of our member, Sheri Pierce, over at Paradise City Micro-Farm in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s a collage of clips from a “Farm To Table Cook-Off,” with a twist. Local celebrity chefs used ingredients from local farms to prepare dishes you can eat, and dishes you can put on…

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Member Benefit: Blog Your Brand Personalized Blogging Training

I began blogging in 2005. I published my first Indie Business Blog post on May 7, 2007. I had hosted two blogs before that, but they were utter disasters. If you clicked the link above, you’ll see that there was not much to my 2007 post. In fact, the most important thing about that post…

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Season 2, Episode 1: Women, Wealth and Wow! [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this first episode of 2015, I am excited to announce our theme for Season 2. It’s all about an undeniably exciting phenomenon that we are not only witnessing, but that many of you — my listeners and members — are also a living,…

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An Experiment: Our 2015 Hash Tag: #IndieFlow

Other than the unofficial #IndieBusiness hash tag that we (and lots of others) use from time to time, the Indie Business Network has never had a hash tag of any kind. Today, we’re excited to introduce our hash tag for 2015. Some people choose a “word of the year.” We have chosen a “hash tag…

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Indie Business Network: 2014 Year In Review

In a few hours, 2014 will come to a close. As we move toward 2015, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve hundreds of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs across this amazing land of ours. 2014 has been a year of growth for IBN and for me personally. This makes…

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Join Before 2015 For Lowest Pricing Ever!

Along with our members, we are poised for an amazing 2015. If you were not a member of the Indie Business Network in 2014, here is some of what you missed. But it’s not to late too join us before we raise the heat and the prices. New member benefits and opportunities to help Makers…

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