Indie Business Network has the training, resources, FDA regulation info and a supportive like-minded community you’ve been searching for...all in one place

Yes...and insurance too.

You’ve searched local networks and googled endlessly

You’ve decided it’s time to pivot away from hobbyist to full-fledged handmade entrepreneur. But feel lost…like you're missing key pieces.

Scouring the internet you come up short on information about starting your own business. Especially your online business.

It’s hard to know what to look for or who to trust.

The info you’ve found isn’t geared for you and your handmade business.

And joining some groups makes you feel less like an individual and more like one of a thousand fish caught in the net.

Without solid resources it’s easy to get sucked into different directions of business that put you out of alignment from your original goals.

La Shonda Tyree of Handmade Soap Coach. IBN Member since 2014
Image: La Shonda Tyree of Handmade Soap Coach
IBN Member since 2002

That’s exactly why Indie Business Network started!

Alana of Etta + Billie. IBN Member since 2014.
Image: Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie
IBN Member since 2011

And no it doesn’t matter if…

  • You already have liability insurance
  • You haven’t officially started your business yet
  • You don’t have a website yet
  • You don’t have enough money – or feel like you can’t afford it

What matters is you want your business to grow and you want to create your specific lifestyle!

How do you know if this is right for you?

Well, Indie Business Network isn’t...

  • A place to learn to make stuff, you already know how to do that.
  • It’s not an insurance company, though we do offer affordable liability insurance
  • It’s not for hobbyists or dabblers in crafting.

It is for you if:

  • You’re serious about your business
  • You’re a product maker 
  • You want your business to grow
  • You like connecting with people who get you
  • You want to collaborate (not compete) with other makers
  • You value American made
  • You believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform your life
  • You believe in the power of women to change the world
Angela Carillo, IBN Member
Image: Angela Carillo of Alegna Soap
IBN Member since 2013

Are you starting to feel like this may be the place for you?

Hello, I'm Donna Maria!

FOUNDER + CEO of the Indie Business Network.
Just over 20 years ago I was in your shoes. I discovered soapmaking!

As a matter of fact, I loved it some much I left my job as a corporate attorney to open a small shop to sell my handmade products.

It was then I discovered how hard it was to find the resources and suppliers I needed to make my products. Or where to go to understand regulations.

And there certainly wasn’t a place to find people like me, who wanted to make a business out of making handmade products.

Sure there were local networks full of plumbers, real estate agents and gift and clothing shop owners, they didn’t know what I needed either – though they were all very nice.

So…I decided to start a network where makers COULD find what they needed, from raw material suppliers to insurance providers.

20 years later, we are a network that is thousands of makers strong!

We work hard together. We grow businesses together. We even play together on our Indie retreats. (Because you know what they say about all work and no play…)

Image: Soap by Ann Stoll of Blossom's Barn, LLC
IBN Member since 2018

Your first go-to place for advice and info on growing your handmade business

So, how can the Indie Business Network help you?

The 5 ways to use IBN to grow your business

  • Product liability insurance. This is how you probably found us in your google search. Unlike going to your local insurance broker, who doesn’t have quite what you need (or can afford) we have affordable liability insurance specifically set up for you, the handmade product makers.
  • CBD insurance coverage. As this niche industry grows, you need insurance coverage that works for you and the specific CBD products you make.
  • Supportive network of like-minded handmade makers. You’re an individual, not one of a thousand fish caught in a net. We have the kind of member-driven support that works for you and your business. Plus…collaborative opportunities to promote your brand through social media, podcast and video. 
  • Entrepreneur training classes – live and recorded. From leadership training, opportunity to join Maker Mastermind, virtual co-working and accountability to live and on-demand wellness workshops – to keep you fit and sane – there’s a training to help you grow.
  • Access to award winning entrepreneur to Donna Maria – up close and personal. Since 2000, we have provided numerous tools, resources, and professional services designed to empower and to encourage the success of creative entrepreneurs.
Image: Patty Liu of Free Flow Botanicals
IBN Member since 2019

I wanted to make sure it’s affordable for a maker like you

Think of it this way...if you sell 7 bars of soap or 2 bottles of lotion or 2 candles s a month you can have access to:

  • Our private Facebook community – where members go all-in on support, collaboration and sharing how they are growing their businesses…or asking for help because they’re feeling stuck.
  • A training library that you can’t find anywhere else – because it’s 100% for handmade entrepreneurs.
  • Member discounts for raw material suppliers resources and so much more.

Become part of the maker economy

Some member benefits include…

The INDIE METHOD: Donna Maria's personalized coaching and mentoring through the four phases of entrepreneurship

24/7 access to our PRIVATE FACEBOOK MASTERMIND GROUP for support and community to inspire and uplift you when you need it most

Teach a VIRTUAL POP-UP CLASS on a maker topic to share your knowledge and build a new revenue model!

VIRTUAL COWORKING AND ACCOUNTABILITY helps our members leverage the power of virtual co-working

Quarterly business planning sessions.

Access to INDIE BUSINESS FIT CLUB sessions


A listing, with multiple backlinks, in our IBN MEMBER DIRECTORY.

Display IBN's MEMBER BADGE at your website or blog

Exclusive MEMBERS ONLY AREA, with a member library, bonuses & more

Live Q+A MENTORING with IBN's founder, award-winning entrepreneur, Donna Maria.

Live MASTER CLASSES with experts that can help your business grow.

Independent study course: INDIE BEAUTY UNIVERSITY: 9 hours of at-your-own-pace training: FDA regulations, trademarks and business set-up, etc.)

Discounted private coaching with Indie Business Network founder and Lead Coach Donna Maria

The opportunity to join our boutique coaching program: the MAKER MASTERMIND

Ingredient and Supplier Discounts

Opportunities to be our INDIE TAKEOVER GUEST and take over our stories for the day.

Monthly business BOOK CLUB featuring lively discussions on the latest tools and trends for building your next big business idea.

CONNECT WITH NEW CUSTOMERS. We share your video content on Instagram to give fans a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes your Indie business so special. 

Join your fellow Indies each Friday in a virtual cheer session to celebrate your BIG WINS OF THE WEEK.

Premier Membership

Includes access to product liability insurance, a LIVE mastermind event, and boutique coaching with Donna Maria


IMPORTANT: While you can cancel your IBN membership at any time, if you join IBN and later find that your products are not covered, there is NO REFUND of your membership dues.
** Product liability insurance is an optional member benefit available only under the annual or semi-annual subscription plan. It is NOT included in annual or semi-annual membership dues. Coverage pricing starts at $275/year for $1M.

Here’s what a few members have to say ...

Image: D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company
IBN Member since 2015

So you’ve made it down this far...but still have questions. Let’s get those answered!

How do I join the Indie Business Network?

How do I renew my membership in the Indie Business Network?

Membership is renewed annually using a secure automated renewal system. You will receive notice 30 days before your membership renewal is due, and again 15 days before your membership renewal is due. Once your membership is renewed, you will receive a renewal receipt and a reminder link to renew your product liability insurance, if applicable.

How much are my Indie Business Network membership dues?

Annual membership dues are $195 per year. There is an option to pay in two installments, but this raises the annual price. The annual membership entitles you to our reduced price product liability insurance, a branded member directory listing, and a host of promotional benefits that monthly memberships do not include. Monthly membership dues are $35, and does not include access to the the reduced price product liability insurance, the promotional benefits, and the member directory listing. You can join IBN here.

How do I know that Indie Business Network has received my membership dues?

You will receive an automated receipt once your payment has been processed.

How long does it take for a membership to become active?

Memberships are activated immediately upon receipt of dues payment, and your username and password work in our members only area right away.

Are there any discussion groups I can participate in?

Yes. Indie Business Network's Private Facebook Group is a hotbed of sharing and business mastermind activity all day every day. After you join, you will receive instructions on how to join the group.

How do I learn about the product liability insurance offered to members?

Click here to learn about the product liability insurance.

How long is my membership good for?

Indie Business Network membership is good for one year, or one month, from the time the application is processed. Memberships renew automatically each year or month. You can terminate your membership anytime, but there are no refunds.

My membership has lapsed, how can I reinstate it?

If your membership has lapsed, we invite you to join afresh at this link.

How do I notify Indie Business Network of changes to my contact information or social links?

Send any updates to support [at], and we will assist you.

Does Indie Business Network have an annual conference or event I can attend to meet other members?

Yes. We host the Maker Mastermind. Due to COVID-19, the event will be virtual this year. Learn more at Maker Mastermind.

Can I get a refund of my membership dues after I join the Indie Business Network ?

No. Your membership can be terminated at any time, but membership dues are not refundable.

Jen Waller, IBN Member
Image: Jennifer Waller of Celtic Complexion
IBN Member since 2014