Book Review: How to Get Sh*t Done

For the August 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer. In promotional materials, this book is touted as the the first productivity book by a woman in a decade. (It was published in 2018.) The book calls on women to stop configuring the exhausting lives we…

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10 Ways to Generate Repeat Sales in Your Facebook Group

Click here receive my Checklist for Creating a Fun, Engaging and Profitable Facebook Group! “How do I generate repeat sales inside my Facebook group?” is a great question, and I hear it a lot. I think many Makers ask me this question because they know I have hosted Facebook Groups for over a decade. They…

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6 (More) American Made Artisan Haircare Products

Recently, I shared several hair care product brands that I have the pleasure of serving here at the Indie Business Network. One post was not enough to embrace all the American made hair care goodness, so here is Part 2. Whether you love your hair, hate your hair, want to change your hair, or just…

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Kirsten Conner of Flourish Beauty Lab [Maker Stories: Episode 74: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 74 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Kirsten Conner of Flourish Beauty Lab in White River Junction, Vermont. Kirsten is a retail store owner and product formulator who makes artisan products designed for people who are super sensitive to ingredients and fragrances. Her main focus is on…

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September 2020 Indie Business Book Club: The Membership Economy

I am pleased to announce the September 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue by Robbie Kellman Baxter. This book was selected personally by me because I believe a well executed membership business model is the best business model on the…

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12 American Lavender Farms to Visit and Enjoy

According to the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, several animal and human studies suggest that lavender may be an effective treatment for certain neurological disorders. Among other things, they show that lavender has mood stabilizing, sedative, and analgesic properties. Of course that’s no surprise to Indie Business Network members…

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Doors are Open: 5-Day Recurring Revenue Challenge Summit

“How can I create more repeat sales in my business?” I’m glad you asked! I created the 5-Day Recurring Revenue Challenge Summit to help you answer that precise question, and get the party started. Filled with action-packed adventure challenges, informative live Q+A sessions, an ahh-mazing speaker lineup, and chances to win some American Made swag…

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#IndieTakeover: Kirsten Connor of Flourish Beauty Lab

One of the best things about being Indie is that you love what you do enough to talk about it all the time. We love it when our members talk about their entrepreneurial journeys because it gives us an opportunity to tell you even more about them. Today, we bring you Kirsten Connor of Flourish…

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6 American Made Artisan Haircare Products

Haircare products are everywhere. It’s a good thing that they are because while most of us have hair, none of us with hair has the same kind of hair as others. There are so many variations! Not only that, our hair changes as we age and also with the seasons. No wonder there are so…

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Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?

For the July 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD. This quick read packs a powerful punch, providing you with the perfect reminder of your personal power as we move through the challenges of COVID-19. It’s delivered in the form of a fable in which…

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Shop Local at Artisan-Owned Brick and Mortar Stores, Spas and Salons

If you believe traditional media reports, you may think that COVID-19 is killing off retail everywhere. If you believe that’s true, you are sadly mistaken. Traditional media reports are rarely well informed when it comes to independent businesses owned by American Makers. Lucky for you, the Indie Business Network knows all about this topic, and…

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Introducing Quarterly Membership Scholarship

I founded the Indie Business Network 20 years ago because I believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship. I also believe that it is time to replace traditional notions of entrepreneurship with the mindset that entrepreneurship is for everyone. You do not have to reach annual revenues of multiple zeroes before you have a “real”…

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August 2020 Indie Business Book Club: How to Get Sh*t Done

I am pleased to announce the August 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything by Erin Falconer. This book was the top choice as voted by our members. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you…

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Stop Summertime Stink with Deodorants from Artisans Nationwide

You need deodorant all year, but summertime stink can be especially stubborn and offensive. Not only that, if you buy traditional deodorants from mass market manufacturers, you’re likely to end up with unexciting fragrance options like “powder fresh” and “rain.” Can you scream “BORING?!” I asked our IBN members (who are never ever boring) for…

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Member Spotlight: Kara Brook Brown of Waxing Kara

One of the most exciting aspects of leading the Indie Business Network is being able to participate in the the fun and success my members enjoy as they share their artisan products with the world. I don’t like to keep all the fun to myself though, so I recently sat down with our member, Kara…

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July 2020 Indie Business Book Club: Who Moved My Cheese?

I am pleased to announce the July 2020 Indie Business Book Club pick: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. Who Moved My Cheese? is the perfect book to read as we move together through COVID-19 because it…

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The New Website for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

I am thrilled to announce the launch of IBN’s newly designed website at for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs at www.IndieBusinessNetwork.com. After months of copy writing (and re-writing), thousands backend technical updates (some still happening!), and a few hundred hours of hemming and hawing, I am finally delighted to officially open our newly updated virtual doors…

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#IndieTakeover: Ayanna Jackson at Arbria Creations

As we slide into the summer season, we have exciting news. Yes, we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but our members are undaunted and determined to continue to shine and press their way forward building their brands. As always, IBN is supporting them every step of the way, and one of those…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Summer Kickoff Edition

With the first day of summer just a week away, we’ve got you covered with some cool finds to kick off the season. Check out these products from American Makers across the nation: Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York. Here are the livestream replays, along with shopping links, specials and discount codes…

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May Swap & Sell

“Do you need to destash some of the ingredients and supplies you purchased, but no longer have use for? We’ve got just the place where you can do that. Join us for the Ingredients, Packaging, Supplies and Equipment Swap & Sell! When you are a Maker, you make things, and when your making doesn’t turn…

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