8 Things I Like About Facebook

I joined Facebook on November 7, 2007, about a year after Facebook opened the platform to everyone with an email address. Since that time, I have been tempted, off and on, to close my Facebook account. Who hasn’t, right? You know the drill: Facebook changes something, or some feature I like is not working properly…

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Episode 6: Samantha Irwin: Standard Wax [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Irwin of Standard Wax in Chandler, Arizona. Samantha and her business partner, Andrew King, met each other “by accident” at work, they did their first craft show “by accident,” they got their first wholesale customer “by accident,”…

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5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

The idea of starting a business to do what you love all day long is romantic and appealing. The trouble with it is that it’s not realistic, especially in today’s world where everyone has a business and the Internet is filled with people who are trying to get your customers’ attention. When you start your…

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L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter

In a brand new video, Carol’s Daughter founder, Lisa Price, announced today that L’Oréal USA has signed an agreement to acquire her company, which she calls “her first child.” Watch here. (The video that originally appeared in this post has been replaced by a similar video.) Lisa launched Carol’s Daughter in her kitchen 21 years…

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Handmade Business For Sale: Simple Nature

From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who want to sell their business for one reason or another. I am not always in a position to share the opportunity publicly because not everyone wants their friends and fans to know that their business is for sale. Today, I am able…

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Video: How Do You Know Your Soapmaking Business Will Support You?

Our member, Danielle Vincent, over at Outlaw Soaps is pretty awesome. Well, all of our members are awesome, but Danielle is awesome in unique ways. She is never afraid to step out of the box and try something new. Danielle really does not even know what a box is, and I think that is so…

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Video: The Art of the Do Over

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you introduced a new program or product, you could just sell it forever, just like it was the day you launched it, and you never had to change it or do it over? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could learn how to make the most of…

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Episode 5: Samantha Dickey: Dirty Beauty Skincare [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Dickey of Dirty Beauty Skincare in Woodstock, Georgia. Here is how Samantha describes her handmade products: “Hand-poured and developed by a farmer’s nerdy lipstick-lovin’ granddaughter.” You should be able to tell from that description that Samantha is…

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The Seven Components of a Successful Handmade Business

As the leader of the Indie Business Network, I have the privilege of witnessing the birth of a lot of new businesses. Frequently, new Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs find IBN because they need product liability insurance. After they join, they discover that the coaching and mentoring included with the membership are even more valuable than…

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I Am An Entrepreneur [Video]

Recently, I stumbled across this simple video which sums up many of the feelings I have about living my passion as an entrepreneur. I do wish younger people were included in the video, but once I looked past that, I saw a pretty powerful statement. The line that stands out most to me is this:…

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Social Media Roundup: Oct. 4 ~ Oct. 10 (Indies of Instagram)

Our members are all over Instagram like hot syrup on a fluffy pancake! Since part of my job is to hang out on Instagram and take in all their wonderfulness (lucky me), I thought I’d share some of their latest handmade goodness so you don’t miss out. A few days ago, I told you that…

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Desperate Headlines

I recently cleaned out my inbox. It took 100 years. I deleted about 300 billion emails from guys who promised to show me how to make millions of dollars in my business if I would just give them my email address. I had never opened any of them. I should have unsubscribed, but I’m glad…

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Episode 4: Stacia Guzzo: The Handcrafted Honey Bee [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode, I introduce you to Stacia Guzzo of The Handcrafted Honey Bee and Tehachabee Farm in Tehachapi, California. Stacia and I discuss how she manages her two Maker businesses as a wife and the mother of two young children, and how she became…

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Handmade is the New American Manufacturing

Everywhere we look these days, we see stories about the state of American manufacturing. Some say it’s dead. Some say it’s dying. Some say it’s alive and well. None of the stories account for the growth in the number of people making products with their hands and selling them to the public as a business…

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How (Not) To Quit Your Job [Video]

Afew weeks ago, I watched with great interest the story of how an Anchorage, Alaska-based television news reporter resigned her position live, on the air. If you missed it, you can watch it below. (Note: Lower the volume at at 1:01 to 1:03 if you want to skip the expletive for younger viewers.) I quit…

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Savory Fusilli Pasta With Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

My family loves pasta. I’ve cut back a bit on it, so when I prepare it, I try to make it count by including ingredients that I don’t use on a regular basis. For example, anchovies. This recipe is adapted from one I found in the back of the seat pocket in front of me…

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3 Steps to Using Social Media For Business: From Follower to Family

It always makes me sad when creative entrepreneurs shrink from social media. At the top of every entrepreneur’s daily task list is the requirement that they make the cash register ring. Social media is one way to make that happen, yet many creatives do not embrace it — even when it’s clear that if they…

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Smile About Your Success

Do you sell your products at local fairs and markets? If so, it’s not just your customers you want to connect with while you are there. For example, meet our members: Angela Carillo, Roslyne Yates-Johnson and Anne Marie Esposito at the Women’s EXPO Long Island yesterday. Roslyne called Anne Maria and Angela her “Indie Sisters.”…

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Motivation from Apollos Hester: If You Fall Down, Just Get Up [Video]

If you haven’t seen this video, you are living under a rock. If you have seen it, maybe today, you should watch it again — because who can’t use extra motivation for the day?! Check out this local reporter’s interview of Apollos Hester, an Austin, Texas, high school football player, right after they won a…

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