Indie Business Blog

IBP#014: Strategic Ways to Approach and Use Social Media [Podcast]

shama kabani on indie business podcast

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the vault today, and this one is a favorite (like they all are). In this episode, author and social media consultant Shama Kabani shares insights to help you more easily embrace using social media for your business.To listen to my interview with Shama, and to put her tips to work in your business immediately, click the play arrow under the graphic. As … [Read More]

Branding Tips for Handmade Entrepreneurs, from Whiskey Bottom Candle Company

whiskey bottom candle company

Indie Business Network members are some of the most creative people in the world. Not only do they design and produce amazing products, but they also have creative ways to showcase and marketing them. From very cool logos to fun-to-watch videos (like the one below), there is never a dull moment when it comes to our members and the handmade products … [Read More]

IBP#013: How to Leave Your Job to Start Your Business, with Pam Slim [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast Episode 13 with Donna Maria and Pam Slim

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? I've kept these timeless recordings to myself for long enough, and I'm excited to share them with you. In this episode, Pam Slim shares her tips and insights to help you transition from a traditional job to start your business, and perhaps, the life of your … [Read More]

Self-Care for Women Entrepreneurs: My Interview with Kelli Parisian

Kelli Parisian, Owner, Parisian's Pure Indulgence

--> If you are here from my April 7, 2014 newsletter, click here to read Grit Trumps Everything In Business. Sorry about the bad link. Indie Business Network members are amazing. While I have met dozens of them in person, I'm connected to many hundreds virtually. They all stand out for different reasons, and this week's featured member is no … [Read More]

I’ll Deliver the Keynote Address at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social!

green candle and cosmetics

Im excited to share that I will be traveling to Tennessee to deliver the keynote address at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social on May 3-4th, 2013, at the Montgomery Bell State Park outside Nashville.Hosted by Rachel Turner of Music City Suds, the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social is an annual gathering of soapmakers and candlemakers from Tennessee … [Read More]

IBP#012: Simple Tips For Writing Good Marketing Copy, from Lorrie Morgan Ferrero [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast with Donna Maria and Lorrie Morgan Ferrero

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? It is Throwback Thursday after all. In this episode, Lorrie Morgan Ferrero shares her best tips for writing good marketing copy. Whether it's a website, a brochure, a business card, or an web page, you'll enjoy Lorrie's ideas to produce seamless copy that … [Read More]

In the Charlotte Observer: Size Alone is Not the Measure of Small Business Success

Donna Maria and Indie Business Network in the Charlotte Observer

Today, I'm pleased to share that the Indie Business Network is featured in the "Shop Talk" section of The Charlotte Observer. Along with me, our members Curtis Durham of Bath Nation and Jennifer Devlin of Celtic Complexion and their products are also featured. My favorite thing about this article is that the journalist chose to focus on this: "When … [Read More]

Top 10 User-Friendly Links to FDA Cosmetics Laws


Earlier this month, the US Food & Drug Administration updated its website to add several useful overviews and Fact Sheets to help you properly launch, lead, and grow your handmade cosmetics business. While these updates do not change the law, they specifically publicly recognize, for the first time as far as I know, the existence of the handmade or … [Read More]

IBP#011: Mari Smith on Relationship Marketing [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast Episode 11 with Donna Maria and Mari Smith

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the vault for you this week! In this episode, recorded in 2012, but even more relevant today, I go one-on-one with Mari Smith, the author of New Relationship Marketing. Mari has been called the "Pied Piper Of The Online World," and you'll see why when you hear how enthusiastically and sincerely she … [Read More]

Gorgeous Handmade Soap From Sarva Soap Co.

michelle gilbert of sarva soap

One of the best ways to be inspired to pursue your passion in business is to learn from others who have dones so. That’s why we love to spotlight our members here at the blog. Today, you’ll meet Michelle Gilbert, founder of Sarva Soap Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. At Sarva Soap Co., Michelle makes handmade soaps and sells them through her website. … [Read More]

IBP#010: Jack Canfield on The Success Principles [Podcast]


I have been podcasting since before podcasting was a word. I hosted my first online radio show on September 21, 2005, but until recently, all the technological pieces have not played well together. Finally, technology has caught up with me and I can easily share my podcast with you here at the blog and on iTunes, so you never have to miss a show. … [Read More]

Announcing #MakerMonday!


Iam excited to announce #MakerMonday, a new way for the world to experience the local and handmade products from members of the Indie Business Network. For those who don't know, our members hail from all 50 states and Canada (and a few other countries), and#MakerMonday is our newest fun way to help them spread the word about their products. With … [Read More]

Rest in Peace: Holly Beatie of High Octave Healing

holly beatie of high octave healing

I am saddened to report the passing of one of IBN's members, Holly Beatie of High Octave Healing in Truckee, California. Holly had been a member of IBN since April 2009, making herbal products to help people live better lives. Holly's products were sold online and at local artisan markets near her home near Lake Tahoe. Here is Holly and one of her … [Read More]

#IBP009: Paula Deen on Success and Women in Business [Podcast]


I hosted my first online radio show on September 21, 2005, before social media took off and before iTunes existed. Today, my Indie Business Podcast boasts over 300 episodes, most of which have never been published to iTunes or this blog. Today, we'll begin to change that. In addition to new shows as they are produced, I will publish previously … [Read More]

Business Success Tips From Brenda Hunter of CT River Candles

business success tips from brenda hunter of ct river candles

One of the best ways to achieve business success on your terms is to learn from people who have achieved it on theirs. That’s why we love to spotlight our members here at the blog. Today, you’ll meet Brenda Hunter, founder of CT River Candles in Haddam, Connecticut.At CT River Candles, Brenda makes handmade soy candles that are available at her … [Read More]