Indie Business Blog

Be An Entrepreneur First


No matter what kind of business you have, and no matter what type of product or service you offer, you must be an entrepreneur first. Most Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs do not start out with an entrepreneurial mindset (I didn't), and that's OK. It is a process. It does not happen all at once. But just like what goes up must come down, if you don't train yourself to pursue entrepreneurship more … [Read More]

How Entrepreneurship is Like Baseball


I spent last week learning how entrepreneurship is like baseball. Well, really, I spent it watching my son play about a million baseball games at the beach. Before last week, I knew little about baseball. I thought it was about hitting a ball hard, and running around the bases, with the goal being to get to home base before being tagged … [Read More]

Why You Should Not Hire Someone Else To Write for You

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One of the most important jobs you have as an online entrepreneur is to regularly write and publish content that attracts people to your website, nurtures customer relationships and builds a solid platform for your business. At times, this job is so daunting that you may be tempted to hire someone to write for you on a regular basis. Don't do … [Read More]

How to Make Money With Your Blog

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If you have read my blog for even a few weeks, you know how important it is that you maintain a blog to support your business. When I first started blogging, my intention was simply to have a place to share my thoughts ideas, and connect personally with members and prospective members of the Indie Business Network. Before too long, I … [Read More]

Your Success is in Your Systems

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Other than incredible relationships, the things that have contributed most to the long-term success and sustainability of my business are the systems I use to manage it. Your success is in your systems, and this post is about helping you implement the systems you need to enjoy success as an entrepreneur. When I quit my job many years ago … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 14: How to Build a Strong Community Around Your Brand


On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, I host #MakerBizChat, an Instagram event to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs build a solid business foundation, increase your income, and use your business to create the life you love. Our topic tonight was HOW TO BUILD A STRONG COMMUNITY AROUND YOUR BRAND. I chose this topic because more … [Read More]

Season 3: Episode 10: Makers on Main Street with La Shonda Tyree [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this tenth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet La Shonda Tyree of Handmade Soap Coach in Paterson, New Jersey. Before La Shonda opened her soapmaking studio in Paterson, New Jersey, her business underwent multiple changes and growing pains. She started out making … [Read More]

Blog Your Brand Training Now Open to the Public!

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In January 2015, I launched a training program called Blog Your Brand, exclusively for select Indie Business Network members. It was by application only, and one of the requirements was that you had to publish a new blog once a week or you would be removed from the group. Yes, that's how serious I am about what blogging can do for your business, … [Read More]

Connection Day New York City: Early Bird Expires July 14!!


Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the UBER Early Bird Rate for Connection Day 2015, which will take place September 13-14 in New York City! Here is the link to reserve your spot now. In addition to being a great excuse to spend a few days in New York City, Connection Day is an exciting day to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs in … [Read More]

Speak Up For Yourself Before You Need To


One of the things I learned early on in my entrepreneurial journey is that, while opportunities come to everyone, not everyone is ready for the opportunities that come to them. I made this short video tip to emphasize this point. After I posted this video to Instagram, one of our members, Carrie Seibert of Soap Commander, asked for some … [Read More]

5 Steps to Participating in Facebook Groups Without Being Salesy

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Last month, I wrote a post called 8 Ways to Add Value to Professional Facebook Groups. This companion post drills down a bit more to share a 5-step approach to promoting your business in Facebook groups without being "that smarmy, slimy, salesy person." I have seen some otherwise healthy Facebook groups and forums in other places … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2016 Speaker: Anne-Marie Faiola: Prioritize for Productivity


As you may know, in January 2016, I will host the 6th Annual #IndieCruise Mastermind, a retreat for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you have not yet registered, you can grab one of the very few spaces left at this link. I am pleased to introduce you to Anne-Marie Faiola, one of the incredible speakers you will meet and hear from personally on … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 13: How to Regain Momentum After You’ve Lost It


On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, I host #MakerBizChat, an Instagram event to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs build a solid business foundation, increase your income, and use your business to create the life you love. Our topic tonight was HOW TO REGAIN MOMENTUM AFTER YOU'VE LOST IT. I chose this topic because I have run out … [Read More]

Why I Did Not Release an Episode of the Indie Business Podcast Today

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We are closing in on the end of Season 3 of the Indie Business Podcast. Our theme, Makers On Main Street, is one of the most fun topics I have covered since I began podcasting in 2005. It's thrillling to draw out the stories of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs who own and manage retail stores across the nation. Retail store ownership is not for … [Read More]

10 Things That Make IBN Members So Awesome

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One of the greatest joys of leading the Indie Business Network is the fact that I have a front row seat to watch so many women from all across North America grow in wisdom and confidence as they lead their businesses into the future. I sat down recently and contemplated the character traits and habits that stand out most when it comes to our … [Read More]