Peek-A-Boo, Who The Heck Are You?

As the leader of the 600+ member Indie Beauty Network, I work directly or indirectly with hundreds of companies to help them maximize their potential in life and in business. For most, both life and business center in large part around the Internet. We shop there, we sell there, we network there, we learn new…

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Beauty And The Blog

All Indie businesses are special, but face it, these days, anyone with a credit card and time on their hands can launch a competing business in no time flat. Suddenly, your golden egg looks like just like the one at a website that launches the next day. What’s an Indie to do?        …

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Eat What You Kill

Kill It, Drag It Home and Eat It I once worked for a man named Randall Robertson. One day, we talked about how we could contribute years of blood, sweat and tears at a company and get nothing out of it but a pay check. Having been told all my young life that a pay…

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Fear Of Flying? Get Over It!!

People are afraid of different things. In the end, sadly yet all too frequently, they are afraid of success. Afraid that their business will succeed beyond their wildest dreams and propel them skyward. They have a fear of flying. OOOPS!! PICTURE INTENTIONALLY DELETED How do you get over a fear of flying? By flying of…

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What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors?

More and more these days, there’s a business happening behind those doors. According to "Home Offices On The Internet," a study by International Data Group, nearly a third of US households includes an income-generating or corporate home office. If that’s true, you have a world of valuable, low-cost networking opportunities right outside your front door.…

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Eye Spy With My Little Eye

If You Have A Talent, You Have A Business Rebecca Picard loves playing "Eye Spy With My Little Eye" with her 6-year old son. But when she aims her Nikon D2X at a subject from her Brattleboro, Vermont, home and photography studio, it’s more than just child’s play.            Like so many…

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Keep More Of What You Make

A friend told me that she if she doesn’t pay her mortgage by the 16th of the month, a late fee is charged. Last week, she was running a little late and was not ready to mail her check until the 15th. So she called the mortgage company and asked if she could pay by…

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Everyone’s A Winner

I watched a little Joel Osteen last night. His message encouraged people to take time after work to adjust their attitudes so they did not bring workday stress into the home. Good advice. The problem is that for most people, the distinction between work and home is blurry at best.             …

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not

When it comes to money, I want to be like my mother when I grow up. But when my father passed away a few months ago, my life sort of stopped. And when that happened, I wrote three checks without first depositing money into the checking account. The bounced check fees totaled over $100. Ooops.…

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Take Your Pics

This is a nice picture. But who cares? It’s not your picture. Stock photos can be used at a website to complement the products being sold. But while they can set the mood for the products, they can’t represent the products.              People want to see what they are buying, not…

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Don’t Make Me Work Too Hard

Alright already! So the 2007 Love To Be Indie Contest was great, but it was making people work too hard. That’s what I was told anyway.              I was testing that theory with new simplified contest rules but that’s not working either so I’m bagging this contest and will return soon…

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Mango Body Butter Forever!

                     A life well lived. A passion well executed.                                                     Anita Roddick :: 1942 ~ 2007 Get Anita Roddick’s book, Business As Unusual, and be inspired to put your talents and passions…

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Indie See, Indie Do

We start out in business excited about the great stuff we’re going to do. But it’s easy to get carried away with all the enthusiasm, and forget how important it is to stick to the basics and keep things as simple as possible.              My mom says it’s great to learn…

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Mow, Edge and Blow

This morning, I saw a man tending to a neighbor’s lawn. I asked him for a business card just in case I ever need his services. He told me his rates, and then he said, "I mow, edge and blow — for dough."              It reminded me of what we do…

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3 Reasons To Host Your Own Radio Show

Since October 2005, I have hosted over 200 episodes of Indie Business Radio, a weekly Internet talk show featuring my interviews with thought leaders and influencers offering practical strategies to help you achieve your goals. I originally launched the show because I was unable to respond to all of the requests from people who needed…

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Preparing For Rain

Yesterday, I watched Facing The Giants, a movie about how the coach of a losing high school football team motivated his players to the county championships. In the final scene, they were down 23 to 21, with 2 seconds left to play. To win, they had to kick a 52-yard field goal. The longest field…

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Beware The Green Monster

Last week, I talked with a freind who has been very successful in business. Years of 80-hour work weeks, losing sleep, missing out on family time and delaying gratification on all fronts have resulted in her dreams becoming reality.              Most of her colleagues are celebrating with her, but some of…

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Beauty Boom Or Beauty Bust

Since everyone wants a business that booms, not busts, I get emails regularly from people asking how to boom in the beauty business. A business is as distinct as a fingerprint, so one-on-one or group coaching is best to address individual details.           Since I lead the Indie Beauty Network, many of…

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Don't Get Punk'd

My mother is a great money manager. Small investment accounts opened 50 years ago are today worth thousands. She takes care of her money and her money takes care of her. I plan to be like her when I grow up.              But they want to ruin it for me. They…

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Boot Camp Bonanza

Boot camps generally describe workshops that help you do things. Oprah's Boot Camp will help you lose weight like a rich person. Writers Boot Camp will help find the writer in you. Mushing Boot Camp will help you learn to mush.              But if you don't have time to exercise, write…

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