Recap: 2017 United States Lavender Conference

As I shared last month, I spoke at the United States Lavender Conference (USLGA) in Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend. Not only did I get the chance to help hundreds of small business owners embrace a less stressful and more effective approach to social media, but I also got to hang out a bit with some of my Indie Business Network members. Here I am with longtime member and current USLGA president, … [Read more...]

How to Compete Well

If you have been in business for even a day, you know that your products are probably not the best ones on the market. You may also know that there are lots of people who are serving in the same niche as you, and maybe even doing a better job than you. You know all of this because, thanks to new technologies, everything is out in the open in business today. You can clearly see what everyone else … [Read more...]

Cynthia Johnston’s Cross Country Wholesale Stockist Tour

Our member, Cynthia Johnston of Moonmaid Botanicals in Cosby, Tennessee, traveled hundreds of miles across the country to visit several of her wholesale stockists, and the results were fabulous. Read on to enjoy the story behind this epic trip, and get some tips to plan one of your own. As Cynthia neared her 20th year in business, she felt the need toget out of her typical “environment” and … [Read more...]

Mastermind Your Way to Success

I want to take a moment to make sure you know about a podcast appearance I made recently. Our Indie Business Network member and Head Coach, Christine Laureano, interviewed me on her Creative Entrepreneurs Online Podcast. She asked me to share from my experience about one of my favorite topics: the entrepreneurial mastermind. As you may know, I have been a part of mastermind groups for many … [Read more...]

Don’t Let DIY Become DYI in Your Small Business

I am sure you are familiar with the acronym, DIY, standing for "do-it-yourself." But you are probably not familiar with the new acronym I just created, DYI, standing for "do-yourself-in." One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business is to rely on the Internet to teach you everything you need to know to achieve your business goals, and then try to do complete tasks you are not qualified to … [Read more...]