The Next Time You Feel Sorry For Yourself … Watch This Video

My husband shared this video on his personal Facebook page the other day. It’s a bit longer than the videos I usually watch on Facebook, but I was riveted and insired by the life of Richie Parker, the man featured. I watched again, for the second time with my son. He was riveted too. I…

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My Intentional 24-Hour Facebook Break

Last Monday, in our private member Facebook group, I challenged Indie Business Network members to choose one full 24-hour period this week to refrain from using Facebook entirely. I did it yesterday, and I’m excited to learn if any of our members took a break as well. One day is not a really long time,…

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Home-Based Zoning Regulations Challenge A Growing Business

We recently learned that our member, Linda Balon Stein of of Zosimos Botanicals in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being challenged to choose between moving her business outside her home or terminating some of her employees. The zoning laws in Linda’s area prohibit home-based businesses from having more than one employee. Linda has an employee and an…

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Throwback Thursday: Indie Business Network’s First Media Feature

Last week, I posted our second Throwback Thursday, sharing how the first thing I did when I launched Indie Business Network was publish a newsletter. Today, I’ll share how we landed our first media feature on January 31, 2001. Unfortunately, I did not retain the original tear sheet, but it still appears online today. Here…

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Selena Cozart: From Obstacles To Opportunities

Our member, Selena Cozart O’Shaughnessy of Salome’s Simply Delightful Creations in Charlottesville, Virginia, was recently featured in the C-VILLE (for Charlottesville, Virginia) Weekly, a local newspaper in her area. Selena’s show stopping smile is beautifully captured in this image, by photographer Sarah Cramer Shields. Salome’s Simply Delightful Creations is a woman-owned business specializing in handmade…

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Video: How To Hire A Social Media Manager For Your Business

The question of how to hire someone to help with social media marketing comes up a lot in the Indie Business Network’s Secret Facebook Group. In this quick video, I share some basic but critical thoughts on how you should approach this issue. Many people make the big mistake of looking for someone who is…

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Video: Be Your Own Background Music: Outlaw Soaps Shows You How

We could not resist sharing this video with you. Oh yes, it’s one of our members’s Kickstarter campaigns, but that’s not why we wanted you to see it. We wanted you to see it because it will make you smile. Danielle Vincent over at Outlaw Soaps in Oakland, California has not only co-invented one of…

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Throwback Thursday: Indie Business Network Launches, January 16, 2000

If you missed last week’s Throwback Thursday, sharing some of the life changing experiences that compelled me to leave the “safety” of a “secure” job to start the Indie Business Network, you can get it here. This week, I take you through the first steps I took launching the business, and share some of the…

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Video: How to Search for People and Information in a Facebook Group

As you know, we maintain a private Facebook group for our Indie Business Network members. As the group grows and time passes, people may want to find out if specific topics have been discussed previously in the group. Members also want to find out if any of their friends or colleagues are a part of…

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An Accident, Waiting To Happen

How exciting to share the latest news from our member, Brent Leonesio over at Smell Bent in Los Angeles, California. The Institute for Art and Olfaction has teamed up with artist and provocateur Austin Young for a collaboration unleashing Brent’s olfactory prowess in a new edition of perfume called, Accident. The unveiling, along with the…

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Video: How Long Should It Take Your Business To Become Profitable?

Here’s a taste of the types of things we’re discussing in our private Indie Business Member Facebook group. While we discuss issues like product making and ingredient sourcing, most of the sharing is around business issues. Our members especially love topics concerning business and success mindset, increasing profits, as well as specific marketing and business…

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More Fun Than a Barrel of … Grapeseeds?

Check out the very cool, customized wine barrels our member, Kristin Fraser Cotte of The Grapeseed Company, is using to showcase her products in retail stores. As you might guess, Kristen’s products all contain grapeseed extracts. How perfect, considering Kristin lives in Santa Barbara where there is no shortage and grapes, seeds and other fun…

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Throwback Thursdays: It Began With a Calling

For the next several months, on Thursdays, as founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, I will guide you on a walk down memory lane to celebrate our nearly fourteen years of service to handmade and creative beauty entrepreneurs worldwide. We start our journey with a look back nearly 20 years when I was…

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Join Me at The Soapmasters In New York City in September!

We’re so excited to tell you about The Soapmasters, a new learning and empowerment event from longtime Indie Business Network member, La Shonda Tyree of Handmade Soap Coach in Paterson, New Jersey, and I have a coupon code for you to attend at a $50 discount!! Scroll to the bottom to get the details. I…

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Coffee Time With Michael Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm

Recently, our member Michael Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennigton, Kansas, was interviewed on Coffee Time with Roger Nelson on KNCK Radio in Concordia, Kansas. Roger interviewed Michael about the benefits of lavender, including that you “Eat it, drink it and it just makes you smells good.” Here’s a picture of English lavender in…

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Bubs and Scrubs Uses Minority and Woman Business Certifications to Grow Her Business

Our member, Brenda Foster of Bubs and Scrubs in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has earned two minority woman business certifications: National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification and National Minority Supplier Development Council! But before I get to that, I want to share a video Brenda made showing the love and care she puts into her products. In this…

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Lela Barker Delivers Aid and Encouragement to Ugandan Orphans

Our member, Lela Barker of Bella Luccè and Lucky Break Consulting in Columbia, South Carolina, recently returned from a weeks-long trip to Uganda. She took her 15-year old daughter, Chloe, along for the ride. The purpose of the trip was to personally deliver financial aid, reading books and encouragement to children in an orphanage in…

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Announcing the Indie Business Bloggers Network!

You probably know that the Indie Business Network places a premium on empowering our members to find their voice through blogging. Over the years, we’ve hosted dozens of private and member events designed to show our members the power of blogging, and to equip them to do it right. Today, with the Indie Business Bloggers…

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