Launching Today: Phase 1 of Our New IBN Member Site

Today, I'm pleased to announce a major upgrade to IBN's member area. This post provides you with an overview of the exciting new changes. First, note that our new member area is now completely separate from this website. While we have a new website for our members, this website is still the place to come to join the Indie Business Network. We are rolling out our site upgrades in three phases, and today, we are announcing Phase 1. Here is a quick tour for you.

Your existing username and password will work at the new site, and you can log in here.

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Donna Maria, Indie Business Network

Upgrade Overview

Here is a quick list of the upgrades included in Phase 1.

  1. New content display: you can now see more content on each page, making it easier to select what you need, with fewer clicks
  2. New search topics: it's easier than ever to search by topic: Legal, Wholesale, Personal Development, Marketing & Sales, and so forth
  3. New difficulty levels: new difficulty levels display content according to the four phases of entrepreneurship as I teach them in my Indie Method: Emerge, Engage, Evolve, and Expand. You can use these difficulty levels to determine whether a particular learning resource is designed for the phase of entrepreneurship you find yourself in at any given time.
  4. Separate bonus area: our bonus content is displayed in a separate bonus area

More Updates are Coming Soon!

As I mentioned, we are rolling out our new member area site upgrades in three phases. Here's what you can expect coming up next.

Phase 2 of our new rollout will add Progress Bars. What we measure, we can improve, so this new feature will allow you to track what you are learning, how you are executing what you learn, and how you are getting results from your efforts. It will include rewards and certificates of completion that encourage you to celebrate each and every win along the way.

Phase 3 of our upgrade will add Learning Tracks. These are groupings of specific content into a sort of mini-course. For example, say you want to improve your blogging skills. A min-course will walk you step-by-step through the process, from setting up your blog, to choosing a theme that complements your brand message, to selecting categories, to writing blog posts (using templates which we will provide), to publishing and sharing your content, and finally, to using your blog to build community and engagement around your brand. Several min-courses will be added each quarter!

Keep your eyes peels for continued upgrades as we finalize this new build out.

Need More Support?

Are you a Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur? Do you need more support growing business? Here are two ways to get more support now!

If you want solid advice and support delivered virtually, to help you build your Maker brand, I invite you to join the Indie Business Network. In addition to entrepreneurial training, we also offer affordable product liability insurance and personal growth and networking opportunities.

If you prefer a more intimate, in-person experience that is customized to assess your individual business needs and create executable plans for your growth personally and professionally, join me at Maker Mastermind Live. Hosted four times a year, Maker Mastermind Live is the premier event for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in the Emerge Phase of business. Learn more and register for the city nearest to you here.

Questions: What do you think of the first phase or our new launch? If you have any thoughts, comments, or questions, we'd love to hear them in the comments below.

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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.