Indie Business has the serious mentoring, entrepreneur training, business resources, regulatory info and supportive like-minded community you’ve been searching for ... all in one friendly place!

Yes...and we offer 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.

But it's hard to know what to look for or who to trust.

Other options seem fly by night, or just designed to get your money and not serve you.

Joining some groups makes you feel anonymous …. like you're a cog in a wheel not getting any individual attention.

Without reliable resources and committed leadership, it’s easy to get distracted from achieving your goals.

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

Indie Business is different!

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

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 to enjoy your life, build your business, and have your way!!

How do you know if Indie Business is right for you?

Well, Indie Business 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.

Indie Business is for you if:

  • You’re serious about your business
  • You’re a product maker 
  • You want your brand to grow and expand
  • You like connecting with people who get you
  • You want to collaborate (not compete) with other makers
  • You would like to create multiple income streams
  • 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 Indie Business!
21 years ago I was in your shoes. I had just discovered soap and candle making!

I loved them so much that 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 business a success. Or where to go to understand regulations. Or get support and reliable advice.

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

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

So…I decided to start a network where Makers like you COULD find what they needed, and be surrounded by it all day every day.

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

At Indie Business, you'll get what you need because we get you! 

We work hard together. We grow businesses together. We even play together at our virtual events and also at our physical gatherings like Indie Business Retreat. (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 go-to place for advice and info on growing your Maker business

So, how can Indie Business help you?

The 5 ways we can help you 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 options available. Please read the Insurance FAQ before joining!
  • Supportive network of like-minded creative 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, personal development and more, Indie Business has three membership levels so you can fit right in where are you are. FREE membership is for you if you just want to dip your toe in the water or get a sampling of what Indie Business is all about. MEMBER membership is for you if you are starting out or anywhere from 1 to 3 years in on your business. PRO membership is for you if you have an established Maker brand and are ready to add multiple income streams!
  • 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.

Join the American Maker economy -- revitalizing cities nationwide

Indie Business has 2 membership tiers to serve you ...

  1. Maker FREE – If you are just starting out and want to dip your toe in the water before diving in, our Maker FREE membership is for you.
  2. Maker MEMBER – Are you ready to dive in, grow sales, and build your core brand? If so, our Maker MEMBER tier is perfect for you. Please read the Insurance FAQ before joining!

IMPORTANT: IBN Membership Application Form
(US members only. Canadian members, use this application.)


You are actively selling and read to grow (includes access to product liability insurance)
$227 per year

24/7 access to our PRIVATE MAKER MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP for our mastermind accountability groups, entrepreneurial training, support and community to inspire and uplift you when you need it mosT


Exclusive MEMBERS ONLY LIBRARY, with access to hundreds of hours of organized and categorized training audios and webinars aimed specifically at Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs


LIVE CLASSES (and a treasure trove of recorded workshops, webinars and classes) with experts who can help your business grow


Display the Indie Business MEMBER BADGE at your website or blog


PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Connect with new customers and prospects as we share your video content on Instagram to give fans a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes your products so special.

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


The INDIE METHODDonna Maria's personalized coaching and mentoring through the four phases of entrepreneurship


Indie Business Directory listing, with scroll stopping product photo and backlinks to you


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

Maker FREE

You're just now sticking your toe in the water (DOES NOT include access to product liability insurance and paid member community)
Free for life

Indie Business Directory listing, with backlinks to you

IMPORTANT: While you can cancel your Indie Business membership at any time, if you join Indie Business 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 Maker Member membership tier subscription plan. It is NOT available in the free membership option. 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?

Tell me more about the 3 membership options

MAKER FREE members are thinking about starting a business and/or thinking about joining Indie Business, but are not sure yet. FREE membership is a chance to learn enough about entrepreneurship to know whether you want to give it a try, and to get a taste of how Indie Business can serve you if you decide to level up. They do not have access to product liability insurance.
MAKER MEMBERS have generally been in business from 1 to 5 years or so, or are in the process of launching or have recently launched. They are beginning to add repeat sales and build a brand that is recognized and respected. They have access to product liability insurance.
MAKER PRO members have an established brand and are ready to add multiple income streams through things like affiliate sales, coaching and consulting, revenue generating programs, memberships, etc. They have access to product liability insurance, weekly mastermind and planning meetings with Donna Maria, professional copywriting coaching, the Indie Business goals app for goal tracking and accountability, and a complimentary subscription to our quarterly Indie Business Planner.

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?

MAKER FREE member dues are free.
MAKER MEMBERS annual dues are $227.
MAKER PRO annual dues are $597. There is a payment plan available.

How do I know that Indie Business 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 membership is good for one year, or one month, from the time the application is processed. Memberships renew automatically each year. 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 the Indie Business Network have an annual conference or event I can attend to meet other members?

Yes. We host several annual physical and virtual events. Due to COVID-19, physical events are more limited than usual at this time.

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

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