Announcing Our Theme For #IndieCruise 2014: No More Beauty Business As Usual

I am pleased to announce our theme for #IndieCruise 2014: No More Beauty Business As Usual: January 26 to February 1, 2014. Our theme fully expresses the direction entrepreneurs must go in order to achieve as we look beyond 2013 to our long term success and fulfillment. Our speakers and topics reflect a strongly proactive mindset, and are preparing to empower IndieCruisers to dig deep for the gold inside, so they can return to shore ready to share their gifts on a whole new level.

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You can register for #IndieCruise 2014 now by clicking here.

If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

You can scroll down to watch our official video and see how to register for the cruise if you're ready to do that. I also want to tell you more about our theme, which speaks directly to the bulk of our membership and friends — creative and handmade entrepreneurs. As the Indie Business Network continues to support their businesses, we are also coaching and mentoring them to to expand their sphere of influence and their customer base by creating complementary business models that help them leverage and build on their current success. #IndieCruise 2014 will be all about that — and so much more! Here are a few of the reasons I selected our theme: No More Beauty Business As Usual.

  1. There is danger in the comfort zone

    In today's fast-paced business environment, you cannot afford to become stagnant. As a business leader, you must constantly stretch yourself in order to maintain your customer base, and acquire new customers at a steady pace. Our theme, speakers and topics reinforce this mindset, and we will help you integrate it into your current business plan, and show you how to increase profits as a result.

    Of course, it doesn't hurt that the world's longest zip line over open ocean water is on our itinerary. Yep, you'll be leaving your comfort zone on #IndieCruise 2014.

  2. The “usual” can not thrive.

    There was a time when creative and handmade entrepreneurs were unique in and of themselves. The fact that they even existed virtually guaranteed customers, because there were very few places where consumers could get what they offered. With the explosion of farmer's markets, handmade and maker shops by the millions, entrepreneurial maker competitions, and so many Americans seeking to start their own businesses, there is a lot of noise and nonsense in the market place today. On #IndieCruise 2014, you'll learn how to rise above it and stand out in ways that make you and your products unforgettable.

  3. You must sell more than products

    Your products are great. I get that. But no one cares. (That sounds so awful.) Or if they do care, they won't care consistently enough to sustain your business through the years. You need more than the usual products to make your business stand out so customers are consistently attracted to it.

    This does not mean you must work harder than you're currently working in order to achieve the same results you're now getting. In fact, it means you can eventually work less and get even better results.

    No more beauty business as usual will empower you to find your the dripping, hot sweet spot of your business, and then show you how to leverage it for more of what you want — not just in your business, but also in your life.

  4. #IndieCruise 2014 MasterMind Itinerary

    Sunday, January 26: Depart Fort Lauderdale: 5:30pm (board ship by 2pm)
    Monday, January 27: Power MasterMinding Day at Sea
    Tuesday, January 28: Grand Cayman excursions: 8am – 5pm
    Wednesday, January 29: Falmouth, Jamaica excursions: 7am to 4pm
    Thursday, January 30: Labadee, Haiti excursions: 10am-6pm
    Friday, January 31, Power MasterMinding Day at Sea
    Saturday, February 1, Arrive Fort Lauderdale: 5:30am

    Speakers will be announced shortly. Book your cabin now for as little $601.81, including all port charges and government taxes and fees.

    How To Register For #IndieCruise 2014

    #IndieCruise MasterMind 2014 will set sail January 26-February 1, 2014 for a 6-Night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, and Labadee, Haiti.

    Our cruise designer is Suzanne Niemeier at The Cruise Authority.

    You can register now by clicking here.

    If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

    Cabin Rates will increase shortly, so book yours now! There is a limited number of cabins left at the group rate. After August 15, 2013, the blocked cabins will be released to the cruise line. After this, while you will still be able to register, we cannot guarantee the same low rates.

    Our group's daily dinner is at 8:30pm. When you register, you can choose an earlier dining time, but we recommend the latter so you have time to freshen up after excursions.

    Detailed excursion information will be available shortly. For now, here are some of the fun things to do at these ports.

    Labadee features the longest zip line over water. Falmouth has excellent shopping and dining, and many people take the excursion from there to Ocho Rios and the beautiful Dunn's River Falls. Grand Cayman has the award-winning and incredible 7-Mile Beach, along with swimming with dolphins (which I highly recommend) and having fun with sting rays.

    How To Reserve Your Cabin

    To guarantee the cabin of your choice at the lowest price, whether or not you have a cabin mate, a deposit of $500 per cabin is required.

    Example No. 1: You and your cabin mate can register today and pay $250/person, or a total of $500, toward your shared cabin. Your cabin will then be confirmed and guaranteed.

    Example No. 2: You want to register, but you don't have a cabin mate yet. You can still register and pay $500, toward your cabin and we will try to help you find a cabin mate. (We've done this many times before, and there's plenty of time to get to know everyone in our private Facebook group before we set sail. If this is your situation, you will be able to note that in the registration form.

    Example No. 4: If you want to reserve a junior suite cabin or higher, go ahead an register for any cabin, paying $500, and then contact Suzanne directly Suzanne [at] the-cruise-authority [dot] com so your upgrade can be processed.

    Final Payment Deadline

    The final payment date is Monday, October 28, 2013, at midnight ET. Deposits are fully refundable up until this date. After this date, your deposit is non-refundable.

    The cruise line is only able to reserve a limited number of cabins for our group, and many of them are already reserved from our announcement earlier this year. Once they are reserved, we cannot guarantee cabins at same rates we can guarantee today. Register now to lock in your cabin and the lowest price.

    Keep up with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter!

    Once you register for #IndieCruise, you will be invited to join our private cruise Facebook group where all the magic happens. Until then, check out the public #IndieCruise Facebook page for updates.

    You can also follow #IndieCruise on Twitter.

    You can register for #IndieCruise 2014 now by clicking here.

    If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.