Indie Business Blog

Season 2, Episode 4: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Becky McCray [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, we focus on all things local, rural, and small town with my guest Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival in Alva, Oklahoma ... population 4,000 (give or take). Becky and her husband own a liquor store in Alva, and Becky is a speaker, blogger on author on the important topic of … [Read More]

Handmade Beauty Products from Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington


Last month, some of our members were kind enough to send us some of their awesome handmade beauty products as a holiday "thank you" for how we serve them throughout the year. One of the products we received is a wonderful facial cream from our member, Marilene Richardson, at Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington. I'll get to that in a minute, … [Read More]

The Internet: a Great Connector of People


Remember at the turn of the century when everyone predicted that the advance of the Internet and social media spelled the end of "real" personal communications? The theory was that, since you could connect online, there would be no need to connect in person anymore. Over the years, we have seen that this is simply not true. While the Internet makes … [Read More]

Sales Strategies for Artists From the American Made Show


Earlier this month, I attended the American made Show and the Arts Business Institute in Washington, DC. Hosted by Wendy Rosen (pictured in the front with me and some IBN members), the American Made Show is the premier wholesale trade show for handmade American made products. The Arts Business Institute is hosted in conjunction with the trade show … [Read More]

The January 2015 Coaching Call is Today!


Entrepreneurship can be fun. Well, it is fun. But it's also messy, really messy. But it's less messy when you approach your challenges in an environment where you are constantly supported. When people are there to help you, the challenges are less daunting. When you regularly soak up the energy of like-minded people, and share a bit of yourself to … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 3: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Kathleen Gage [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I am going outside my comfort zone to introduce you to someone I barely know, but who has had a big positive impact on how I view entrepreneurship. One day, I got an email announcing that today's guest, Kathleen Gage of Power Up … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 2: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Lela Barker [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this second episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I'm sharing an invigorating conversation with a woman I have known for the past decade, and who has become an intricate part of our my life. While our relationship was once all business, over the years, it has slowly and … [Read More]

Maintaining a Sensible Personal Facebook Strategy


In 2009, I published a blog post about my then new social networking strategy. My focus was on Facebook, though other social media outlets were mentioned. Recently, a discussion in our Indie Business Network member Secret Facebook Group reminded me of that 2009 post, and how important it is to be intentional about how we use social media as … [Read More]

Our Members Masterminding in New York


Can you think of a better way to invest a Sunday afternoon than Masterminding with your fellow Indie entrepreneurs? Of course you can't, and if you need some inspiration, check out our members in the New York region. They gathered today at Jennifer Wojcieski's store, in2ition Mercantile, which we told you opened its doors last month in Oakdale, New … [Read More]

Farm to Skin Cook-Off [Video]


This awesome video came to our attention, courtesy of our member, Sheri Pierce, over at Paradise City Micro-Farm in Northampton, Massachusetts. It's a collage of clips from a "Farm To Table Cook-Off," with a twist. Local celebrity chefs used ingredients from local farms to prepare dishes you can eat, and dishes you can put on your skin. If you have … [Read More]

Member Benefit: Blog Your Brand Personalized Blogging Training


I began blogging in 2005. I published my first Indie Business Blog post on May 7, 2007. I had hosted two blogs before that, but they were utter disasters. If you clicked the link above, you'll see that there was not much to my 2007 post. In fact, the most important thing about that post is this sentence: "I hired a blogging coach." This was a … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 1: Women, Wealth and Wow! [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this first episode of 2015, I am excited to announce our theme for Season 2. It's all about an undeniably exciting phenomenon that we are not only witnessing, but that many of you -- my listeners and members -- are also a living, breathing part of. Are you ready? Drumroll please. Here … [Read More]

An Experiment: Our 2015 Hash Tag: #IndieFlow

2015 IBN Hashtag

Other than the unofficial #IndieBusiness hash tag that we (and lots of others) use from time to time, the Indie Business Network has never had a hash tag of any kind. Today, we're excited to introduce our hash tag for 2015. Some people choose a "word of the year." We have chosen a "hash tag of the year," and here it is. In case you don't know, a … [Read More]

Indie Business Network: 2014 Year In Review


In a few hours, 2014 will come to a close. As we move toward 2015, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve hundreds of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs across this amazing land of ours. 2014 has been a year of growth for IBN and for me personally. This makes me so excited, as my life has become a real live witness to … [Read More]

Announcing our New Event Calendar!


We are pleased to unveil our newly designed Event Calendar! This is an exciting new location for you to come and learn about all of the great conferences, trainings, retreats, classes, and virtual events hosted by the fabulous members of the Indie Business Network. Here is how it looks. As you can see, the easy to follow calendar layout displays … [Read More]