Indie Business Blog

Handmade Springtime at the Indie Business Network

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It's springtime! After this crazy winter, who isn't excited about that?! As we progress toward the end of the first week of spring, I am pleased to share some of the graphics our members are using to share their seasonal handmade wares with you. Let's kick things off spring with three of our Indie Maker Members: Emma's Friends, Three Sisters Herbals and Sparklefly Candle Company. Springtime … [Read More]

The More Publishing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

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In 2008, I wrote a short article entitled Your New Career: Publisher. If you missed it, you can read it here. Back then, there was no such thing as Pinterest or Instagram, and WordPress and YouTube were only three years old. The principles I shared in that post are more relevant today than they were in 2008, so I updated it and shared it at Central … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Sails to Permanent Dry Dock (But Wait There’s More!)

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Last month, I had the privilege of hosting the 5th annual #IndieCruise MasterMind. Our theme this year was Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. We sailed to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Coco Cay. A fabulous time was had by all. I made a big and completely unexpected announcement at the end of our … [Read More]

What I Learned at Central Soapers Workshop

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Yesterday, I shared a summary and the slides from my "Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs" presentation at Central Soapers. Today, I'm excited to share some of the things I learned from other speakers. But first, here is a quick video showcasing the fun. (Press the arrow to play the video. Press anywhere in the video while … [Read More]

Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

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This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at the last ever Central Soapers Workshop. Hosted by our member, Kenna Cote of Modern Soapmaking, the event was huge fun, and filled with people who are so happy to be earning a living making and selling the handmade products their customers love. I received super feedback about my presentation, … [Read More]

Indie Business Tips Round Up [Video]: March 16-20, 2015

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Iam having a great week of traveling. After a wonderful Mastermind meeting on the west coast on Monday, I flew to Kansas City Tuesday to join soapmakers for the last Central Soapers Workshop. Today, I was honored to speak on the topic of leadership, and tomorrow, I'll speak on the topic of content creation for small business owners. The … [Read More]

The March 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

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In case you didn't know, one of the most fun things we do here at the Indie Business Network is engage in peer-to-peer mentoring. It's an incredible way to learn. I love gurus and experts, and we hob knob with them all the time too, but the richest experiences happen when our members uplift and mentor each other. It's an awesome part of what we do, … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 10: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Melinda Emerson [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this tenth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my friend and your Small Biz Lady, Melinda Emerson. Melinda is the author of Become Your Own Boss in Twelve Months, and the host of the weekly Twitter talk show, Small Biz Chat. Melinda has some insightful … [Read More]

Indie Business Tips Round Up [Video]: March 8-12, 2015

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What a super week it was! If you missed this week's podcast inspired by a discussion about competition in our private member group, you can get it here. But what I'm really excited to share today is my new video series: #IndieBusinessTips! #IndieBusiness Tips are 15-second videos that originate on Instagram. Instagram has a 15-second limit for … [Read More]

See You at Central Soapers in Kansas City!

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A am excited to be speaking at the Central Soapers Workshop in Kansas City in a few weeks. I am especially honored to speak since Kenna Cote, the event host, has announced that this will be the final year for Central Soapers. The event will take place March 20 to 22 at the Residence Inn near Kansas City Airport. I am speaking twice, and my topics … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 9: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Donna Maria [Podcast]

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Arecent popular thread in the very awesome Indie Business Network Member Secret Forum deals with the issue of "competition." Among other things, the conversation consists of members encouraging each other and sharing how they approach the very important issue of participating in a competitive market place -- which we all are. In a nutshell, it is … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 8: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Diane Humke [Podcast]

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I was fighting a severe cold during this interview, and we had some audio difficulties, but I wanted you to meet Diane as soon as possible so you could have the benefit of her experience right away! Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eighth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 7: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Anne-Marie Faiola [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this seventh episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Washington ... and boy, are you in for a treat. Anne-Marie is one of the most evolved entrepreneurs I know. She has cracked the code on how to … [Read More]

Welcome to Indie Business TV!

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I launched Indie Business TV way back in 2007 when online video was in its infancy and I didn't know what I was doing and YouTube was only two years old. Fast forward to today, and I am excited to re-launch Indie Business TV at a brand new channel on YouTube. You can subscribe here. Here's the trailer for Indie Business TV. In addition to using … [Read More]

Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs Launches

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Yesterday, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) launched. Designed to support small businesses in the soap and cosmetic industry, COHE makes it easy for small businesses and the public in general stay up to participate in the legislative process. Among other things, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs features a News Page that … [Read More]