There But For The Grace of God Goes Indie

Mail_more_store_2I love doing business with other Indies. That's why I was so glad to find David at the Mail & More franchise location in my new hometown in suburban North Carolina. My office and home are co-located in a rural area and the post office is quite a distance away. Mail & More is two doors down from the local grocery store so it's a cinch to shop for my family, and mail for my business without having to make two stops.

Mail_more_note_2 Sadly, those days are over. When I went to see David and his staff today, I was met with a darkened store, a locked door and a note in the window. It seems David was unable to find a buyer for his franchise. He was not able to make payments to the franchisor, so he had to close his doors.

This could happen to any Indie. Whether a franchisee or an Indie who owns both the business and the brand, often times we are a few payments away from a darkened store, a locked door and a note on the window.

At times like this, I am reminded of how much we need to support and encourage one another. So here's the tip: Pick up the phone or send an email to an Indie who is going through a rough time. Boost his or her spirits. Maybe even share a little about how you came through a tough time in your business, and are now all the better for the experience. Give someone a reason to continue seeking after the economic independence that is so important to us as Indies.

Next time, it could be your turn. Or mine.

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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.