September 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Power of Broke

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the September 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage, by Daymond John and and Daniel Paisner. If you’re not familiar…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 4: August 2017)

Motivation. It’s not everything, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, a little of it goes a super long way. The importance to entrepreneurs of a steady diet of positive motivation cannot be understated. That’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy bringing you the stories of our members several times a month. Even a…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 3: August 2017)

Here I am again, back to do what I love most — share some of the amazing things our members are doing nationwide. I love this picture of our first featured Maker, having a beer with a friend. How about that? Beer drinking with purpose. (I promise there’s a business connection.) Recently, we brought you…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 2: August 2017)

The Indie Business Network has members from every corner of the country. From big cities to small towns, if you follow IBN members, you will be inspired to maximize your potential through small business ownership. You’ll be able to buy some pretty fabulous artisan made products while you’re at it. Whether they’re appearing on our…

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Why Every Maker Needs an Email List

Every Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur needs an email list. There is no doubt about that. If you want your products to sell, you need to spend at least as much time making them (maybe more, depending on the stage your business is in), as you do marketing them. The easiest and least expensive way to…

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Customer Service Matters

Have you ever received stellar customer service? Have you ever delivered it? If you have provided awesome service to any of your customers, you know what a huge difference it makes in terms of how they view you and your brand. Not only that, it makes a difference in terms of how they view their…

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August 2017 Indie Business Book Club: The 5 Second Rule

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the August 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, by Mel Robbins. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you can click here for more…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 1: August 2017)

The Indie Business Network has members from every corner of the country. From big cities to small towns, if you follow IBN members, you will be inspired to maximize your potential through small business ownership. You’ll be able to buy some pretty fabulous artisan made products while you’re at it. Whether they’re appearing on our…

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5 Questions to Ask When Sales Are Consistently Low

Every business has slow periods. In the world of consumer lifestyle products like those made by most members of the Indie Business Network, the slowest periods are typically the summer months. Things pick up, sometimes to a frenzy, during holidays when people are celebrating and purchasing gifts for loved ones. In the meantime, things can…

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Book Review: Live Your Best Day Ever

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. For the July 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read Live Your Best Day Ever: Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success by Anne-Marie Faiola. The book is a rundown of 35 succinct strategies you can use to improve your life, or, as the…

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Vault Episode 1: Pilot Lifestyle CEO Show [Podcast]

Click here to listen to current episodes of the Indie Business Podcast. Welcome to the first podcast of my career. This post shares the story of my podcasting journey, beginning in 2005, and this post picks up where that one left off, with an encore presentation of my pilot episode which hasn’t seen the light…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 3: July 2017)

The Indie Business Network is composed of hundreds of very powerful creators, from all walks of life and representing all 50 states. Whether they’re enjoying a fun retail gift show, a well-deserved media feature, or hanging out together at a maker show, our members are always focused on making awesome products for their adoring fans.…

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The Story of the Indie Business Podcast

Click here to listen to current episodes of the Indie Business Podcast. This post shares the story of how I started and grew the Indie Business Podcast … before the word “podcast” really existed. It also kicks off a a series of encore presentations of all of my podcasts from 2005 to 2010. Before “podcasting,”…

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Giveaway: Let’s Have Our Best Day Ever Together!

This giveaway event has ended. Read more blog posts here. As you may recall, the July 2017 edition of the Indie Business Book Club is reading Live Your Best Day Ever by our member, Anne-Marie Faiola. (If you are not a member of our free book club, you can join here.) In addition to leading…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 2: July 2017)

There is no grass growing underneath the well manicured feet of the members of the Indie Business Network, and I bring you proof of that every week. No matter what part of the country you live in, you can be inspired by (and maybe even create some fun new collaborations with) members of the Indie…

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Launching Today: Phase 1 of Our New IBN Member Site

Today, I’m pleased to announce a major upgrade to IBN’s member area. This post provides you with an overview of the exciting new changes. First, note that our new member area is now completely separate from this website. While we have a new website for our members, this website is still the place to come…

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Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 8: Bath, Body, Candle Moments

Welcome to Episode 8 of the Maker Mastermind Show. If you missed previous episodes, you can binge watch them here. Be sure to join the free Maker Mastermind group on Facebook so you can join us live for the next show, and be entered to win prizes and/or get discount codes on the artisan made…

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Going Out of Business Success Story: Bath Nation

Most of our Featured Member articles share the stories of our members who are moving and shaking, growing their Maker businesses, and using them to define success on their own terms. But once in a while, we celebrate a member’s decision to move on. Today, I have one such “moving on” story to share with…

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Makers on the Move (Episode 1: July 2017)

If you are reading all of the bad news in the media about how retail is dying, you are probably missing out on the good news that handmade is the new American manufacturing. In case you don’t believe me, here is some proof. Last week, we highlighted products from our members in Indiana, New York,…

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July 2017 Indie Business Book Club: Live Your Best Day Ever

To join the free Indie Business Book Club, click here. I am pleased to announce the July 2017 Indie Business Book Club pick: Live Your Best Day Ever, by Anne-Marie Faiola. In case you did not know, Anne-Marie Faiola is a member of the Indie Business Network through her Bramble Berry soapmaking supply business. She…

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