The Indie Method is a sequential, step-by-step, immersive entrepreneurial curriculum created and taught by Donna Maria, an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network.

As illustrated by the above graphic, theIndie Method's “layered learning” approach avoids overwhelm by delivering bite-sized action items, in a specific sequential 4-phase order: Emerge Phase, The Engage Phase, The Evolve Phase, and the Expand Phase. Each phase has 9 specific steps that, when taken one at a time, allow you to grow your business in a systematic way that avoids overwhelm and keeps you focused on your highest priorities within each phase.

The phases and steps have been carefully identified by Donna Maria based on her work training and coaching entrepreneurs since 2000, and can be used by anyone to launch and grow a business or a brand. Donna Maria delivers the Indie Method training in a sequential, step-by-step fashion that helps you avoid  overwhelm and makes it easy for you to focus on one important action step at a time.

The Indie Method is designed to help you identify your goals, clarify your direction, and travel a specific path toward a sustainable business that is both fun and profitable.

One Sequential Step at a Time

Each week in the Indie Business Network, you get the next sequential step. You are empowered to strengthen your business one step at a time over the course of an entire year.

And Donna Maria will personally be by your side every step of the way.

You will never feel like you have too much information because you will only have the information you NEED, all together in one place, and in the ORDER YOU NEED IT.

The Indie Method™ is not a training program. It's a Success Path!

  1. Plan your life first!
  2. Establish a list building foundation
  3. Select a website platform
  4. Target your ideal client
  5. Nail down your products
  6. Explore legal issues
  7. Choose your social media platforms
  8. Clarify your finances
  9. Build and protect a solid brand
  1. Using email newsletters consistently
  2. Blogging to build credibility and visibility
  3. Leading Facebook pages to engage and inspire
  4. Using Facebook ads to generate sales
  5. Hosting Facebook groups to build community
  6. Using Instagram to showcase your brand in images
  7. Tweeting builds influence in snippets
  8. Your YouTube channel creates engaging conversations
  9. LinkedIn strengthens your professional network
  1. Surveying and tweaking to clarify customer wants
  2. Podcasting for amplification and leadership
  3. Vlogging to leverage the power of video
  4. Refining your sales and marketing systems
  5. Building and nurturing powerful of relationships
  6. Sharpening your leadership skills
  7. Experiencing the power of  the Mastermind
  8. Speaking and writing for more influence
  9. Focusing on self care for strength and endurance
  1. Embracing affiliate programs
  2. Exploring membership and subscription options
  3. Leveraging virtual events and summits
  4. Focusing on personal growth and management
  5. Expanding through teaching and training
  6. Brand building through exclusive retreats and events
  7. Financing your business
  8. Hiring and delegating
  9. Graduate and celebrate!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Donna Maria delivers the Indie Method to Indie Business Network members virtually online. The only way to get the online training is by joining the Indie Business Network.

You have two options to enjoy Indie Method training in-person with Donna Maria.

First, the entire four phases (Emerge, Engage, Evolve, Expand) of the Indie Method are delivered and studied in person once per year on the Indie Cruise Retreat, which is open to members and non-members.

In the alternative, you can register to attend one of four Maker Mastermind Live events hosted in different cities each year. Each Maker Mastermind Live is a group VIP Day that covers one of the four phases, so you can attend the event for the specific phase of business you are in at the time of the event. The Maker Mastermind Live tour schedule for each year is announced in January of that year. Maker Mastermind Live is open to members and non-members of the Indie Business Network, and our members enjoy a hefty discount.

Yes. When you join the Indie Business Network, you will have access to the member area of our site where the entire curriculum (along with other members only benefits) is stored. You can start whenever you join and get the full benefit of the material, going step-by-step at your own pace. You will also have have the benefit of our members only Facebook group where you can bounce ideas and questions off of other members who are similarly situated to you.

Yes. the Indie Method offers you a Success Path with sequential action steps that lead you from business concept to business launch, and beyond. Each specific step in each phase is a necessary part of the launch equation so you only invest your time in activities that move the needle in your business. New entrepreneurs are especially vulnerable to task and decision overwhelm because they are not sure what to do first and what to save for later. The Indie Method eliminates this overwhelm, helping you focus exclusively on the moves that make a difference as you get your business off the ground.

Yes. The Indie Method is designed not only to help new entrepreneurs launch businesses, but also to help more seasoned and experienced entrepreneurs launch new brands as they move forward on their entrepreneurial journey. Once you are successful in business using one brand, you may wish to launch a second one, and then a third, fourth, and so on. For example, you may wish to expand your brand (or add new brands) as a published author, a podcaster, a speaker. You may also wish to launch an entirely new business that leverages the success you have had in your first one.

When you do any of these things, you will find that, while some of the basic steps will not need to be repeated, even seasoned entrepreneurs must start each new brand in the Emerge Phase. Additionally, even experienced business owners can benefit from a review of the steps in each of the Phases as they evolve, expand, and grow as business leaders.

The Indie Method is aimed specifically at two types of people.

First: If you have a great idea for a product, but you don't know what to do to get started without wasting time, energy, and money, the Indie Method will guide you with 52 weeks of training delivered in sequential order so you don't have to guess what to do next. If you follow the curriculum and participate in the community, you will have a solid business that will be poised for profitability by the end of the year. (If you are just getting started, it is highly unlikely that your business will actually be generating a profit by the end of the year, but you will have a solid foundation on which to become profitable as quickly as possible.) Obviously, if you don't follow the curriculum and participate in the student community, you'll end up somewhere else.

Second: If you have already launched your business, but you are kind of spinning around making progress in fits and starts, and trying and abandoning new marketing strategies over and over again — while nothing is really taking off, the Indie Method will empower you to embrace the right strategies, so you can do more of what works and start experiencing consistent results. No longer will you be distracted by the bright and shiny latest new thing. You will stop spending time, and start investing time in your business (those are very different things!), so you can begin to see more consistent results.

The Indie Method is not a program. It's a Success Path. It's a well-planned, immersive curriculum that provides you with the information, and guidance you need to build a solid business that will serve you for a lifetime. We have eliminated all of the bright, shiny objects and built interactivity and accountability into every module. For a full year, you are never alone, and you are never spinning your wheels.

Donna Maria delivers the training inside the members only Facebook group, where you can ask questions and Donna Maria will answer them. At the end of each phase, you will have an opportunity to purchase more focused group and/or one-on-one time with Donna Maria if you need more personalized assistance as you implement the steps in the training. You could also attend the in-person Indie Cruise and/or Maker Mastermind Live events as outlined above for more individualized assistance and coaching.

You will have access to the Indie Method, including updates as they are released, and including the members only Facebook group, for as long as you are a member of the Indie Business Network.

Email us at support@indiebusinessuniversity.com or call our office at 800-882-8875, and we will reply within 24 business hours.