Maker Stories: Episode 66: Zondra Wilson of Blu Skin Care [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 66 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Zondra Wilson of Blu Skin Care in Los Angeles, California. Zondra started her business after a career as a television news anchor. When she began to feel like something was missing, she left the broadcast world and then, as she…

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May 2019 Master Class: Let’s Tackle the Wholesale Business Model

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Master Class with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Our Master Classes are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can help you…

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4 Ways to Improve Your Business When Sales are Slow

On this episode of the Maker Mastermind Show, I was asked to share some ideas to help you be productive when sales are slow. Of course it stinks when sales are slow, but you can turn that frown upside down and use the time to your advantage. Here are four ways to do that. 4…

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10 American Artisan Destination Retail Stores You Must Visit

No matter what American city you call home, you don’t have to go far to find a piece of artisan retail store heaven in your own back yard. For example, we love this story from CBS News about the resurgence of local independent book stores. But it’s not just book stores that are thriving, and…

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Introducing Find Indie Makers

I am pleased to announce the launch of our newest website and member benefit! Find Indie Makers is here, and it’s the best and most colorful, exciting, and reliable place on the Internet where you can discover and browse a wide variety of high-quality indie artisan products crafted by American Makers. About Find Indie Makers…

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Meet Indie Business Book Club Leader Amber Malcom

I am pleased to introduce the Indie Business Book Club leader for the May-June 2019 Indie Business Book Club pick: Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller. You can read more about this book and how the book club works at this link. Amber is the founder and CEO…

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4 Ways to Create Content Without Completely Losing Your Mind

On this episode of the Maker Mastermind Show, I was asked to share some of my best content creation ideas. This question is very frequently asked because we are bombarded today with a dizzying array of ways to connect with customers and prospects through the content we create. It’s overwhelming if you try to embrace…

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May-June 2019 Indie Business Book Club: Building a StoryBrand

I am pleased to announce the May/June 2019 Indie Business Book Club pick: Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more information. We start reading the book together with a live book club meeting on…

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Four Easy Ways to Improve Your About Page

On this episode of the Maker Mastermind Show, I was asked for my best and easiest ideas to improve the all-important About Page at your website. Your “About Page” is an opportunity to woo your prospects and draw them into what you and your brand stand for. It’s a chance to replace the tired old…

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April 2019 Master Class: New Cosmetics Legislation

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Master Class with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Our Master Classes are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can make help…

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Top 3 Newsletter Publishing Secrets

If you know me at all, you know that I believe in the power of list building and email newsletter publishing. I have published a newsletter for nearly 20 years, so I know what I’m talking about. Newsletters help you generate sales. Newsletters help you drive traffic to your blog and social media pages. If…

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How to Personalize Your Personal Brand

This post is about the power of using your personal brand to represent, even embody, your marketing message. This presents a fantastic opportunity to leverage who you are personally for the benefit of your business. After all, while there are products on the market that are similar to yours, there is only one you. When…

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The One Thing You Must Do Before Starting Your Business

If you’re just starting a business, you have a lot to consider: what to sell and how to sell it, whether to use a Facebook group, what to blog about, how to use social media, etc. Those things are important, but one thing is even more important, and you may have overlooked it entirely. I’m…

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What I Learned at the Tennessee Soap + Candle Conference

I had a great time in Nashville last weekend, attending and speaking at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Conference. I thought I’d share a bit about what I learned while I was there. THE FORMAT The conference was a one-day event, which was nice. It was a mixture of business speakers and maker demonstrations, which…

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March 2019 Master Class: How to Sell When You Don’t Know How to Sell

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Master Class with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Our Master Classes are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can make help…

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Apply to be a Guest on Indie Business Podcast

Do you have a story to share? Of course you do, and we want to help you share it with the world, on Indie Business Podcast, hosted by Donna Maria, the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network! As you may know, Indie Business Podcast, which features inspiring stories of Makers from across the…

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Congratulations Instagram Pod Giveaway Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of IBN’s March Instagram Pod Giveaway. Our theme was Your Perfect Bath Retreat. It was fun! The IBN members who participated loved it, but no one is happier than our winner, a mama, nature lover and adventure seeker, who will soon have a bath filled with amazing products…

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Indie Business Podcast is on Spotify!

I am thrilled to share that Indie Business Podcast is now available on Spotify for your listening pleasure. To subscribe now, just open the Spotify app on your phone, search INDIE BUSINESS PODCAST, and click subscribe. In addition to Spotify, you can listen to Indie Business Podcast on your favorite podcast app. Here’s a list…

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Applications for Q2 2019 Maker Mastermind™ Circles Business Incubator are Open!

I’m pleased to share that applications for Q2 Maker Mastermind Circles Business Incubator are officially open. Spaces are limited, and there is an application deadline. Why Maker Mastermind™ Circles Business Incubator? I won’t repeat the details on the information and application page, but I would like to strongly encourage you to check it out today. If…

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IBN Members Featured in Handmade Business Magazine

I am thrilled to share that several of our members are featured in a recent issue of the Handmade Business Magazine. The article, entitled Your Packaging Problems, Solved!, appears in the September 2018 issue. The article features real life case studies and tips from the trenches to help Maker and Handmade Entrepreneurs solve their packaging problems. Here are…

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February 2019 Master Class: Brand Identity Strategies for Success

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Master Class with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Our Master Classes are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can make help…

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