Indie Business Blog

Season 3, Episode 4: “Makers on Main Street” with Michelle Rhoades [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Perry, Georgia. Michelle's introduction to business ownership began with a foray into the world of direct sales. She was very successful at it, but when the company folded, she found herself with an active list of customers and … [Read More]

Member Success Call: How to be Instagood on Instagram

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What sets apart Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs who use Instagram successfully to grow their businesses and those who do not? According to our guest on today's Success Call, it includes things like consistent posting and using a pre-determined schedule. In other words, like in so many other areas of life and business, discipline is the KEY to … [Read More]

Memorial Day 2015

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Today is a day of remembrance and celebration. We remember the sacrifices of those who gave, and are giving, so much of themselves so we have the freedom to learn and grow as individuals. We celebrate the blessings of America, and with gratitude, acknowledge the selflessness that makes it all possible. Thank you for your service -- … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 7: How to Stay On Brand in 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 10 Ways To Stay "On Brand" In Your Maker Business, and the conversation was lively and … [Read More]

Our May 2015 Access Q+A Coaching Call is Today!

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Today is the best day ever because it's our coaching call day! Each month, I and our Head Coach, Christine Laureano, host a private member call designed to give members an opportunity to get the answers to their most pressing business questions NOW! This month, our Head Coach, Christine Laureano (left) will be joined by our Guest Member … [Read More]

Season 3, Episode 3: “Makers on Main Street” with Jamyla Bennu [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I introduce you to Jamyla Bennu of Oyin Handmade in Baltimore, Maryland. You'll be so inspired by how Jamyla has grown her business from a tiny kitchen operation to a retail store with production space built in, a fully operating … [Read More]

Video: Consumers Turning Toward Handmade Soap

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I received this fun video via email over the weekend. It's all about the product that that put in motion the sequence of events that led to the start of the Indie Business network: soap. The first part of the video is about the many varieties of soaps and detergents (key word there) on the market today. The good part is toward the end, starting at … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 6: How to Pitch Your Products to Holiday Gift Guides

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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 Pitch Your Products to Holiday Gift Guides, and my guest was Andreea Ayers of Launch … [Read More]

Season 3, Episode 2: Makers on Main Street with Robert Ungemach and Keith Emmons [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this second episdoe of my Makers on Main Street series, I introduce you to Keith Emmons and Robert Ungemach of Opportunity Market in Dallas, Texas. Keith and Robert are partners in life and in business, and each serves a different leadership role at the business. Keith's and Robert's … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 5: 5 Steps To Use Instagram to Tell Your Brand Story

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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 5 Step To Use Instagram to Tell Your Brand Story, and my guest was Caitlin Bacher of Little … [Read More]

Season 3, Episode 1: Announcing Makers on Main Street [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this first episode of my third season, I'm thrilled to share the theme for Season 3: Makers on Main Street. Don't you just love that?! Considering all the talk we hear from lawmakers and media pundits about "Main Street" businesses that are really not "main street" at all, I think … [Read More]

Announcing Connection Day 2015: New York City

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I am pleased to announce Connection Day 2015: New York City, on September 14, 2015, with hotel check-in and Indie Yappy Hour the evening before! This will be IBN's second Connection Day, and we have a fresh new format. If you have already heard about it and you want to register now, you know what to do with that big yellow button below. This is for … [Read More]

Video: I’m Speaking at Marlon Smith’s Personal Branding Summit

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If you and I have known each other for a while, then you know that I am a big fan of helping people build a personal brand that leverages and supports their Maker brand. Lately, I have had more opportunities to work with people who are more interested in strengthening their personal brand to support not only the products they make, but also books … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 4: 10 Facts to Know About the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

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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 10 Facts to Know Abut the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015, and I posted a useful … [Read More]

Announcing Shop Indie Makers!

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I am pleased to announce the launch of Shop Indie Makers, a new website that helps you find and buy the locally made artisinal and handmade products you love so much! Shop Indie Makers is a showplace for the products and services produced and offered by Indie Business Network from members across North America! For your convenience, Shop Indie … [Read More]