Episode 3: Carrie and Darren Seibert: Soap Commander [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode, I introduce you to Darren and Carrie Seibert of Soap Commander in Cherokee, Alabama, and we discuss how they manage their business while raising and home schooling seven (yes, 7) children. Being married to an unexpected entrepreneur is not always easy. You…

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Introducing the September 2014 My Maker Box Supporters!

In case you missed the video, the September My Maker Box was filled with goodies to celebrate the start of the Fall season. From organic herbal tea and an autographed copy of an awesome business book, to a handmade tea wallet (the first I’d ever seen anywhere), so many handmade goodies for our Maker friends…

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10 Reasons Why Every Maker Should Be Blogging

Don’t throw anything at me. I know you may want to, but please resist the urge, and listen up. I have been blogging since 2000. Back then, it was called “journaling.” I “journaled” quarterly for a few years, until my website designer (who I was paying to update my journals) told me that I might…

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Roasted Vegetables (with melted creamed honey)

One of the things that says “Fall” to me is a plate filled with roasted vegetables. This dish is colorful, hearty and healthy (even with the creamed honey), and easy to prepare. This is actually one of the few ways my son will actually eat vegetables, so I make this dish quite often during the…

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Social Media Roundup: Sept. 20 ~ Sept. 26 (American Made Goodness!)

We scoured the Web this week to bring you some American Made Goodness from our members nationwide. Bursts of color, a bit of bling, some honey sweetness, a billionaire celebrity and more — all in the mix. It gives me such great pleasure to tell you about the love and beauty IBN members are adding…

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Our Subscription Box: September 2014 [Video]

I made this little video to show you all the goodies contained in our subscription box for the month of September. (If you missed the August My Maker Box video, you can see it here.) Oh, the handmade goodness! Take a look. The September My Maker Box was filled with all kinds of autumnal yummies…

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August 2014 My Maker Box: Unboxing Video

In August, we shipped the premier My Maker Box, the subscription box for makers by makers. Each box contains at least $150 in handmade products and Business Success Resources you can use to grow your creative business. Watch this video to see what was in our first My Maker Box! What is better for a…

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Episode 2: Alana Rivera: Etta and Billie: Indie Business Podcast

Once you know you make a good handmade product, how do you know what to do next? According to Alana Rivera, you hone your skills before “jumping over the edge.” Alana started her handmade bath + body company, Etta and Billie in San Francisco, while she still had a traditional job. Today, not only has…

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The Big Picture of Small Business [ Video]

I found this video while hanging out on Vimeo the other day. I noticed it because one of our members is featured. It’s a very inspiring looking at what Jen Serena, a Burbank, California-based photographer, is doing to encourage and highlight local independent business owners in her area. Can you spot the IBN member? If…

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

There is a slight chill in the air. My tomatoes are not growing like they were last week when I made Roasted Plum Tomatoes. Fall is coming, and with it, comfort food time. And what says comfort food during the fall better than pumpkin and soup? Put the two together with a little bit of…

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7 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Online Marketing Efforts and Boost Sales

Today I had the privilege of speaking about social media at “Farm to Market: 21st Century Practices For The Modern Herbal Entrepreneur,” an event co-sponsored by the North Carolina Natural Products Association (where I am a board member) and the American Herbalists Guild. My topic was “7 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Online Marketing Efforts…

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Social Media Roundup: Sept 13 ~ Sept. 19 (with Pinterest tips!)

One of the things I emphasize to my members and clients is the importance of using technology to spread the word about your business. As you might imagine, we talk about a lot about social media. One thing I always encourage people to do is to systematize their social media outreach so they are not…

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Pandora’s Makeup Box’s Trademark Dilemma

Our member Karrie Welch at Fortunate Face shared this video in our Secret Facebook Group this week, and it is producing a fun discussion about the importance of trademarks. Have a look at this video from Pandora’s Makeup. In addition to sharing their opinion that they are the subject of “corporate bullying,” (I’m not sure…

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Episode 1: The New Indie Business Podcast

I launched my podcast in 2005 as the Lifestyle CEO Show. I later changed the name to Indie Business Podcast, and ultimately hosted a weekly show over 300 times between 2005 and 2012. As technology progressed from the Dark Ages, I switched my podcast from the now defunct Global Talk Radio to Blog Talk Radio.…

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Announcing the Theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome!

I am pleased to announce our theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Handmade Entrepreneurs: February 8 to February 15, 2015. Our theme is all about breaking through barriers, real and imagined, to fully express who you are as a person, a business, and a brand. Our carefully selected speakers have been…

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Indie Business Network Members Are 2014 American Made Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce our members who are finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest! You can vote for your favorites starting TODAY, and every day, through October 13. The 2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winners will be announced on October 17. The Martha Stewart American Made program celebrates all things…

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10 Steps To Starting A Mastermind Group That Works

I have been a part of at least one Mastermind group, sometimes more than one at a time, for several years. I have participated in virtual and in-person Mastermind groups. There are major differences between the two, but that’s for another post. This post shares how to start and manage a virtual Mastermind group, because…

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It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Priorities.

When Kenna Cote asked me to speak on the topic of work/life balance at the Central Soapers Workshop this weekend, I was thrilled. At first, I didn’t have a clue what I would say because I don’t think there is any such thing as work/life balance. There’s just life and all the stuff you have…

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