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8 Things I Like About Facebook

8 things i like about facebook, by donna maria

I joined Facebook on November 7, 2007, about a year after Facebook opened the platform to everyone with an email address. Since that time, I have been tempted, off and on, to close my Facebook account. Who hasn't, right? You know the drill: Facebook changes something, or some feature I like is not working properly or whatever. Since I'm not an impulsive person, I usually think better of it and end … [Read More]

Episode 6: Samantha Irwin: Standard Wax [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Irwin of Standard Wax in Chandler, Arizona. Samantha and her business partner, Andrew King, met each other "by accident" at work, they did their first craft show "by accident," they got their first wholesale customer "by accident," and today, they … [Read More]

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

The idea of starting a business to do what you love all day long is romantic and appealing. The trouble with it is that it's not realistic, especially in today's world where everyone has a business and the Internet is filled with people who are trying to get your customers' attention. When you start your handmade business, it's true that you have … [Read More]

L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter

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In a brand new video, Carol's Daughter founder, Lisa Price, announced today that L’Oréal USA has signed an agreement to acquire her company, which she calls "her first child." Watch here. Lisa launched Carol's Daughter in her kitchen 21 years ago, making handmade soaps, lotions, butters, jellies, and potions that smelled delicious and worked … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2015 Speaker: Lela Barker: Use Signature Events To Build Your Brand

lela barker indie cruise speaker

Over the past few weeks, I've been introducing you to our fabulous speakers for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. So far, you've met Kismet Andrews and Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Lela Barker, another successful creative entrepreneur whom you will hear from and dine with and snorkel with, on #IndieCruise Mastermind … [Read More]

Handmade Business For Sale: Simple Nature

simple nature for sale

From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who want to sell their business for one reason or another. I am not always in a position to share the opportunity publicly because not everyone wants their friends and fans to know that their business is for sale. Today, I am able to share that a three-year old handmade … [Read More]

Video: How Do You Know Your Soapmaking Business Will Support You?

soapmaking business with Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps

Our member over at Outlaw Soaps is pretty awesome. Well, all of our members are awesome, but Danielle is awesome in unique ways. She is never afraid to step out of the box and try something new. Danielle really does not even know what a box is, and I think that is so great. For example, when she didn't know how to add music to a video about her … [Read More]

Video: The Art of the Do Over

the art of the do over

Wouldn't it be nice if every time you introduced a new program or product, you could just sell it forever, just like it was the day you launched it, and you never had to change it or do it over? And wouldn't it be nice if you could learn how to make the most of Facebook's algorithm and call it a day, and never have to learn it over because they … [Read More]

Episode 5: Samantha Dickey: Dirty Beauty Skincare [Podcast]

samantha dickey dirty beauty skin care

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Dickey of Dirty Beauty Skincare in Woodstock, Georgia. Here is how Samantha describes her handmade products: They are all "hand-poured and developed by a farmer's nerdy lipstick-lovin' granddaughter." You should be able to tell from that … [Read More]

The Seven Components of a Successful Handmade Business

seven components of a successful handmade business

As the leader of the Indie Business Network, I have the privilege of witnessing the birth of a lot of new businesses. Frequently, new Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs find IBN because they need product liability insurance. After they join, they discover that the coaching and mentoring included with the membership are even more valuable than the … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2015 Speaker: Kismet Andrews: Show Off Your Brand at Trade Shows and Markets

Kismet Andrews #IndieCruis 2015 Speaker

Last week, I introduced you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq., one of our speakers for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Kismet Andrews, another successful creative entrepreneur whom you will hear from, and dine with, on #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. Kismet launched Bar Maids in 2001, and joined IBN in 2009. You will … [Read More]

I Am An Entrepreneur [Video]

i am an entrepreneur - credo

Recently, I stumbled across this simple video which sums up many of the feelings I have about living my passion as an entrepreneur. I do wish younger people were included in the video, but once I looked past that, I saw a pretty powerful statement. The line that stands out most to me is this: "I see opportunity, not security." Here is the entire … [Read More]

Social Media Roundup: Oct. 4 ~ Oct. 10 (Indies of Instagram)

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Our members are all over Instagram like hot syrup on a fluffy pancake! Since part of my job is to hang out on Instagram and take in all their wonderfulness (lucky me), I thought I'd share some of their latest handmade goodness so you don't miss out. A few days ago, I told you that handmade is the new American Manufacturing. If you didn't believe … [Read More]

Desperate Headlines

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I recently cleaned out my inbox. It took 100 years. I deleted about 300 billion emails from guys who promised to show me how to make millions of dollars in my business if I would just give them my email address. I had never opened any of them. I should have unsubscribed, but I'm glad I didn't, because as I looked at them all lined up in a row in my … [Read More]

Episode 4: Stacia Guzzo: The Handcrafted Honey Bee [Podcast]

stacia guzzo of handcrated honey bee

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode, I introduce you to Stacia Guzzo of The Handcrafted Honey Bee and Tehachabee Farm in Tehachapi, California. Stacia and I discuss how she manages her two Maker businesses as a wife and the mother of two young children, and how she became a top finalist in the 2014 March … [Read More]