Making A Giving

Smart Philanthropy For Indie Business Owners As Indies, we like the idea of aligning our business with charitable causes that help those in need. As people, we enjoy helping others. As business owners, we enjoy the tax deduction.            But how can we be sure that our donations really get to those…

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Ask Not What The Economy Can Do For You

Create Your Own Economy With My FREE Group Coaching Along with dozens of major newspapers yesterday, the New York Times reported that more Americans were laid off in January than in any other month in the last four years. To me, this is much more than a statistic. When my husband was laid off in…

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Soap and Business, The Indie Beauty Way!

Longtime Indie Beauty Member Struts Her Stuff I am always so pleased with the success of Indie Beauty Network members. Of course "success" is different for all 650+ of our members, but there’s no denying that video makes it easy to share what my members are doing. Today, I’m pleased to present this clip where…

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New Year's Resolutions

Have Yours Fizzled or Sizzled? It’s the last day of the first month of 2008. Have your new year’s resolutions fizzled or sizzled? Let’s admit it, we Indie Business owners can easily set ourselves up by making resolutions that are a little unrealistic. And while hope may spring eternal, the reality is that specific goals…

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The Best Credit Card

… Is No Credit Card A few weeks ago, in response to a reporter’s query, I suggested that the best credit card for Indie Business owners was no credit card. I explained why. I never heard from her again.            Presumably, her story ran without my input, but that’s OK becuase I…

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IBTV Episode 20: Carol's Daughter Product Review

I first discovered Carol’s Daughter products when I spoke at a women’s conference in Pennsylvania in 1996. A woman had a booth filled to the brim with goodies made from exotic fragrance oils, herbs and colors taken from natural ingredients like alkanet root and calendula. The first one I tried was Mimosa Hair Honey. Of…

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Repeat After Me …

Put The Needle On The Record When I was an attorney representing the business interests of a Fortune 500 company many years ago, my colleagues and I quickly figured out which arguments swayed the regulators to our side and which ones didn’t. As we preapred for a trial or hearing, we knew that, while we…

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Strange, Brave Black Man

He Had A Dream So We Could Have A Chance What did he see through that window, this strange, brave black man? Smooth southern sun kissed skin, a broad nose and full lips — all so hated throughout so much of history. Doesn't he know that one person can't change the world?        …

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IBTV Episode 19: 4 Foundations of Meaningful Work

Work + Passion = Success There’s a lot of talk about "success" these days. In the business arena, I call it "Success Excess" because it seems as though most people inextricably link business success to financial excess. Consider the television shows which, though inspiring and entertaining, focus to a large extent on making millions, buying…

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IBTV Episode 18: Soy Candle Product Reviews

Indie Beauty Network Member Candles Light Up The World With the increase in the popularity of candles over the past decade, the Indie Beauty Network has experienced an explosion in the number of members making and selling candles. A few members, namely Kandle Indulgence Company in Georgia and Essentials NW in Washington sent me some…

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IBTV Episode 17: Saving Thousands With My Coupon Organizer

How to Organize Your Coupons For Maximum Savings Save for your kids’ college education? Sock away some more money for your advanced years? Take a vacation to Fiji? Learn to fly jets? I’m not sure I’ll be learning how to fly jets any time soon, but I do want to go to Fiji, and I’m…

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Show Me The Milk!!

Is Your Website Like Cereal Without Milk, Dry, Tough and Boring? Have you ever tried eating cereal without milk? I’m not talking about the bite-sized treats that toddlers eat. I’m talking about real cereal, like granola and shredded wheat. You at least need some water or juice to help wash it down.        …

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I Knew Me When …

My Grand Plan … Yeah, Right! It’s been nearly 13 years since I left the full-time practice of law to implement my grand plan to make a living manufacturing soap and other fragrant products at Maria Grace. I had no PR experience at the time, but instinctively, I knew that I needed to get the…

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IBTV Episode 16: Tyranny of the Urgent

How To Get Things Done It’s easy to set goals and make resolutions, but when real life happens, it’s amazing how quickly goals and resolutions become yesterday’s news. Even though I don’t accomplish every one of my goals, the process of setting them ensures that my life and my business continue to move in a…

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Hillary's Tears: I Liked 'Em

She Cares And Is Not Afraid To Show It Yesterday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton choked up at a press conference. In case you didn't see one of the billion replays of the event, you can see it here.     Tears Are Real When I lived in Washington, DC, two men who became known as…

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IBTV Episode 15: Ready, Aim Fire!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go For It In 2008 Still sitting around waiting for the New Year get up and go spirit to hit you? Then wait no more! If you’re not fired up for 2008, you will be after enjoying this segment where together, we get ready, aim and fire at our business…

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Make Technology Your Slave

… And Do It Now, Before It’s Too Late Yesterday, Netflix announced an agreement with LG Electronics to deliver movies directly to your high definition television set, bypassing the need to use a personal computer. This announcement is not surprising considering that it’s a smart use of technology that makes it easier for Netflix to…

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My Blog Mentors

Each One Teach One I believe in the concept of "each one teach one." If we all commit to teaching at least one person what we know, we will improve ourselves, those we teach and the world. Since joining the blogosphere in 2005, I have learned a lot, and it gives me great pleasure to…

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IBTV Episode 14: Non-Profit Interview (Wellspring Church)

Church Start Up Has Same Challenges as For Profit Indies I know you want to get to the video, but please allow me to set it up for you with some interesting background. In the early 90’s when I was an employment attorney at a Fortune 500 company, a stranger knocked on my office door.…

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Indie Business TV: Episode 13: Company Overview

An Indie Business Media Company Overview As we ring in the New Year, I am thankful to you for allowing me to reach out to you in person or through this blog or Indie Business Radio. It is a true privilege and one of the greatest joys of my life to serve you. There’s so…

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