Indie Business Blog

Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015. You can read it here. This piece of legislation is the latest in a string of proposed cosmetics laws that have been introduced and/or circulated on Capitol Hill since 2008, but which have either never been referred to committee, or died while in committee. While the bill is just … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 3: How to Add New Income Streams to Your Maker Business

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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 last night was How to Add New Income Streams to Your Maker Business, and my guest was Cassie Boorn, … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 2: Entrepreneurial Mindset Musts For Makers

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On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, the Indie Business Network hosts #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 guest this week was ME, Donna Maria! Our topic last night is near and dear to my … [Read More]

The April 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

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Today is one of my favorite days of the month because we host our monthly member coaching call this afternoon! I love expert authors and gurus, but peer-to-peer mentoring is the best because you get insights and advice from people who are doing what you are doing. They GET you, so they know how to help you get from where you are to where you want … [Read More]

Indie Business Podcast: Season 02: Women, Wealth & Wow: Archive

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What an amazing Season 02 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was thrill to share the stories of how our guests knocked down every fear and every wall in pursuit of their best selves. We are now gearing up for Season 03, the first episode of which will be released on May 6. For now, I present you with an opportunity to binge on Season 02. … [Read More]

Video: #IndieCruise 2015

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Athough it's hard to capture seven days of Masterminding and Eastern Caribbean excursions in just a few seconds, this video offers a taste of the awesomeness that was #IndieCruise 2015. Our theme for #IndieCruise 2015 was Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. From February 8 to February 15, 2015. We had … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 1: How to Choose the Best Online Marketing Tools For Your Business

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On Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30pm ET, the Indie Business Network hosts #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 guest this week was Rachel Daley, Content Manager at Made Freshly. Made Freshly is … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 12: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Neenz Faleafine [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh and final episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to Neenz Faleafine of Pono Media in Hawaii. Through her business, Neenz helps entrepreneurs develop "virtual solutions for real-life results." Some might say she is a social media consultant, but … [Read More]

How to Participate in #MakerBizChat: Wednesdays at 8pm ET on Instagram!

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Welcome to #MakerBizChat, the only weekly chat on Instagram! #MakerBizChat is a peer-to-peer networking and mentoring event where Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs come together to learn, share, grow, and meet other like-minded small business owners. #MakerBizChat takes place on Wednesdays from 8-8:30pm ET, and all you need to participate is your … [Read More]

Indie Business Tips [Video]: March 30 – April 3, 2015

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This week, for the first time, I invited a guest to deliver one of your Indie Business Tips! Author and speaker Marlon Smith and I met on Thursday to record some video to announce his new "Personal Branding Summit," coming up in Charlotte next month. While there, I asked him to share a 10-second business tip. It just rolled out of his mouth on one … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 11: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Lisa Price [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my friend Lisa Price, the founder of Carol's Daughter. In 1992, Lisa began making lotions and potions in her Brooklyn kitchen, and selling them under the brand name Carol's Daughter, in honor of her … [Read More]

Announcing #IndieCruise 2016: Make – Market – Monetize

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Today, I am excited to share that #IndieCruise will continue in exotic retreat destinations where you will step away from the fast-paced demands of business, and experience unconditional love and support as you craft the next iteration of your life. You can register for #IndieCruise 2016 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before … [Read More]

Road Trip to The Nova Studio [Video]

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Last week, I received a surprise email from Trina Espinosa, aka Ms. Beautyphile, via LinkedIn. Trina linked me to a video she made featuring her visit to The Nova Studio, which has been an Indie Business Network member since 2006. The video was so cute that I had to share it with you. The video was created last year! I still cannot figure out how … [Read More]

Indie Business Tips [Video]: March 23-27, 2015

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The first week of spring means I can make more videos outside, yippee! This week was my first one back after a week of travel. I'm excited to be home for the next several weeks, as my next travel is not until May. I am really enjoying making these #IndieBusinessTips videos for you. Before I get to this week's tips, I want to thank some of the … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]