How to Shop the Artisan Made Show

The Artisan Made Show is the online pop-up shopping party! If you like shopping with your friends for artisan made perfume, fragrant candles, handmade soaps, meaningful jewelry, and paper goods to celebrate any occasion, then you'll love the Artisan Made Show! It's a collaborative boutique progressive shopping experience for people who love to buy local, handmade products created with careful … [Read more...]

10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Ixtapa, Mexico

As you may know, I host the Indie Cruise, an annual retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. This year, in January, we retreated at the beautiful Club Med Resort in Ixtapa, Mexico. If you've never been, here's your chance to take a virtual tour with me. Let's start with this stunning beach sunset. About Ixtapa Situated atop what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary, … [Read more...]

February 2018 Master Class: How to Use Google AdWords to Promote Your Business

Organic marketing is great. In fact, most of us prefer it. But there may come a time when you want to invest financially to attract your target market. Yes, Facebook ads is an option, but let's not forget about Google! If you are interested in learning how to use Google AdWords and AdWords Express to grow your business, then don't miss this Master Class! What is a Master Class? One of … [Read more...]

Introducing Blog Topics

The chief objections you tell me you have to blogging consistently and publishing a newsletter on a regular basis are that you don't have enough time and you cannot think of anything interesting to write about. Yet, you know you should blog, and you really do want to use your blog and email newsletter to attract your target customer. Your pain stops right now. Starting now, each week, we … [Read more...]

Introducing Content Calls

Content Calls are here! Based on conversations with you, our members, I saw the need for a member benefit focused specifically on helping you create the kind of engaging and consistent content that would attract and resonate with your target audience. Content Calls is that service, and it starts right now! After nearly 20 years of steady, consistent content creation via video, podcast, … [Read more...]

10 Action Steps to Grow Your Maker Business This Year

As we wind down to the end of the first month of a new year, you may have already set some specific goals that will level up your business over the next 12 months. But just in case you haven't, or even if you have and you may have missed something important, this list is designed to help you nail down some of the most important things you can do to grow your Maker business this year. Don't … [Read more...]

January 2018 Success Call: Blog For Success in the New Year and Beyond!

Who wants to blog for success in the new year? So you know it's true. A blog can help your business grow in almost too many ways to name. Among them: driving traffic to your site (and therefore, your shopping cart), serving as a living journal about the growth of your brand, and providing anyone in the world with access to you and your offerings all day every day, 365 days a year. So, what's so … [Read more...]

Indie Business Network: 2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! As we coast into 2018, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve thousands of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs all across North America. It is an honor and a privilege, and frankly, a whole lot of fun! 2017 was a year of great fun and forward progress for the Indie Business Network. We introduced several new member benefits, watched our … [Read more...]

The Indie Business Network 2018 Badge Is Here!

The new 2018 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for the current year. After you log in, choose the "Get your 2018 Member Badge" icon from the Dashboard, and follow the prompts to display your current membership at your website and/or blog. The badge looks like this, except … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 63: Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 63 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create outside Nashville, Tennessee. For many of you, this may be a re-introduction, since Kayla has been a guest on Indie Business Podcast a few years back when her business was going in a different direction. If you missed it, you can listen to that … [Read more...]