4 Big Reasons to Attend My In-Person Mastermind Workshop

Create a Solid Plan for Your Business in Just 2 Days!

Your business is not successful because of the product you sell. It's successful because of the foundation you lay. Laying a firm foundation for a traditional business is very different from laying one for a Maker business. My Maker Mastermind Live workshop is designed to help you build a solid foundation for your Maker business, paving the way for years of personal fulfillment and income that supports your life in a holistic kind of way.

If you already know that Maker Mastermind Live is for you, then register now using the button below. If you're on the fence, read on for more information.

Maker business are not like other businesses.
Maker business owners are not like other business owners.

√ You are just as concerned about creating great life experiences as you are about making money.
√ You do not want to build a business that requires you to hire and manage legions of employees.
√ You want a business that allows you to make money without sacrificing your enjoyment of life.
√ You want a business that allows you to grow personally as well as professionally.
√ You want a business that is flexible, and can morph over time to accommodate your life as it changes.
√ You want a business that allows you to go big, without going big.
√ You are a new breed of entrepreneur who prioritizes joyful experiences over dollar bills, while enjoying both.
√ You want to lead a business that allows you to simultaneously enjoy life and business, without compromising either, and now is the best time in history to make that happen.

If you see yourself above, and you're no more than 3-4 years along in your business, or you're just starting out, I'd like you to be at my Maker Mastermind Live: Nashville workshop on November 4-5, 2017 (with an optional Mastermind Dinner on November 3). If you are further along in your business, and you realize you may need to go back to some foundational basics, Maker Mastermind can help you too!

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Why new entrepreneurs only?!

I have hosted Maker Mastermind Live 7 times previously, in Atlanta, Portland, New York City, Washington, DC, Greenville, SC, San Francisco, and Boston. Over the years, I have learned that the best way to mastermind your business is to do it with other entrepreneurs who are at roughly the same level of business as you are. I will host other Maker Mastermind Live events for more advanced entrepreneurs in the future.

Make it and they will come … NOT!

When I first started doing this work a few years back, artisan made products were few and far between. The industrial revolution and foreign imports had turned everything into a commodity, and very few people were bucking that trend. I had been one of them, having quit my job to make and sell handmade soap in my own retail store outside my hometown of Washington, DC, I was doing something rare and unique.

There was a time when a “handmade” product was easy to sell because there weren't a lot of them to choose from. They were novel. Unique. The simple fact that they were “handmade” set them into a distinct niche all their own.

That was then. This now, and now.

Now, everyone has a business … and it's not just Makers either. Every market is flooded. The Internet is a dirty and noisy pool, and to be successful selling anything, you need to set yourself apart from the very beginning.

You can't just sell “handmade” anything and expect people to buy it.

The Internet is filled with people who quit their job last week and are selling something they made this week. On sites like Esty, Handmade at Amazon, Artfire, which you can establish for free, people are making and selling everything from crochet toilet paper covers to high end handmade jewelry.

It's more challenging than ever to break through the craziness and stand out to the people who want and need your product. But it's not impossible.

There is a better way

Over nearly two decades of working intimately with Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs, and studying what works and what does not work, I’ve discovered an approach to entrepreneurship that really works for any type of business, and I have tweaked it to apply specifically to Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs.

I hosted the last Maker Mastermind Live Workshop in Boston in June this year, and it was outstanding in so many ways. We dived into my signature Indie Method approach to entrepreneurship, solved problems, had “ah-ha” moments, wiped away a few tears, made friends, and had lots of fun.

With each city, I have improved the Maker Mastermind Live experience by adding more focused teaching. Last year, I added a trip to a local maker market to observe and meet successful artisans first-hand and get in a little retail therapy too!

This year, I'll unveil the brand new, never-before-seen Maker Mastermind Board Game. Just wait until you see how much fun it can be to create a business plan that is actually doable, focused, and that gets results!

Here's why you should join me.

A transformative experience

Maker Mastermind Live is an intimate experience. You won't see hundreds of people milling around high-fiving and collecting goody bags. There is no confetti, no marching band, and no bright and shiny objects.

Instead, you'll find a quiet and peaceful location where you will center yourself and focus on what you really want in your life and in your business. You'll clarify what you want yourl ife to look like, and then build a business around that.

You will center yourself and focus on the behind-the-scenes, butt busting work that will make your business as successful as you want it to be. You will be mindful, intentional, and focused, and I will invest one-on-one time in each of you.

This workshop is a dedicated place where you and I can invest, interact, and go deep into high-value content as you craft the next generation of your success.

It's not just a fun event. It's a transformational success path that empowers you to Stop making Stuff and Start Making Money.

It's your turn. I want you to experience the same sort of transformation—and it starts at this unique event.

My favorite parts include watching scales fall from people's eyes when they have an “aha moment” that changes everything. I even relish the tears that are sometimes shed, because they bring breakthroughs. They bring clarity and a path forward.

Entrepreneurship is hard, but at Maker Mastermind, everyone is supported and loved. And everyone leaves transformed.

It usually came in a moment of silence after a discussion ended or a question was posed. I could see the answer appearing in that person’s mind—and becoming obvious to the whole room. Attendees experienced one breakthrough after another.

The Maker Mastermind Live Difference

Maker Mastermind Live is a lot of fun, but it's so much more than just a fun event. It's a transformational success path that empowers Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs to Stop making Stuff and Start Making Money.

So I want to invite you to join me at the Intensive Workshop for 4 big reasons:

  1. You deserve a business model that suits your life

    I want to show you how you can choose a business that works for your life; one that is meaningful and satisfying. Clarify your core life values, and know what business models to avoid so they don't sap you of your money, your energy, and your life force down the road. Choose a business model that fits your life, not the one you read about this morning in your Facebook feed. Define your personal values, execute your unique vision, and earn more successful in the process.

  2. Make the right product for the right target market

    Don't get stuck with a great product, and then troll the Internet looking for a target market. In Maker Mastermind, you'll learn how to identify the target market first, and then create the product they want and will pay for. For two days, you'll see how much pork you can eliminate in your business, and begin to change your life simply by focusing on the one single target market that wants the one single thing that they can only get from you.

  3. You deserve a success path

    Once you know who to focus on and what they will buy, you can dive deeply into creating specific tasks that you perform daily to generate sales. You'll envision and create your own success path, using the tools and ideas that I share and which we mastermind together as a group. You'll produce your ow personalized success blueprint. It will be unique to you, and it will allow you to grow organically without twisting yourself into knots every single day.

  4. You deserve to play

    In Nashville, I will unveil for the first time publicly my Maker Mastermind Board Game. We will play it together, and you will emerge at the end of it with a 90-day plan for the next level of your business success as we move into 2018.

    I cannot tell you how valuable this part of our workshop is. How much fun have you had creating a business plan in the past? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if the answer is either “not much fun,” or “I don't have a business plan.”

    Those days are gone. The Maker Mastermind Board Game alone is worth way more than the investment you'll make in yourself for the entire weekend. The game will be played in a room full of people who are as dedicated to the their businesses as you are to yours. You will help them win the game while they help you win the game.

It's Masterminding at its best, as you brainstorm, flesh out, critique, and discuss every single concept that lays a foundation for the success of your business going forward. You’ll make new friends while you have great fun. You'll be empowered as you literally build your vision in the room with the help of other people.

A Special Offer

Maker Mastermind is a transformational, one-of-a-kind event. I focus intently on making it as personalized as possible. That's why it's not a conference with hundreds of people milling around doing this and that. In fact, it's limited to a small number of people, so everyone receives individualized attention from me and their fellow Maker friends.

If you’re interested in attending Maker Mastermind Live in Nashville, it’s important to act quickly. Registration is open, and the price is going to increase by $100 on Sunday, October 15, at 11:59 pm ET. If you’re ready to stop making stuff and start making money, then register here.

I’m committed to helping you take action via this event, so you don't just have a bunch of useful information. I want you to roll up your sleeves and get busy, and I'll be doing the same right alongside you.

Maker Mastermind is a unique opportunity and an singular chance to interact with me personally, and to formulate a strong and sustainable vision for your life and your business.

I absolutely could not be more excited to see you in Nashville, and I hope that you'll join me in November at Maker Mastermind Live: Nashville!

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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.