Indie Business Blog

How to Stay Married to a Nontrepreneur

How to stay married

Is you spouse or partner a "nontrepreneur?" If you've never heard that term before, it's because I made it up. A nontrepreneur is a person who is not an entrepreneur. I don't use that term to refer to people in "real life," but I thought it was a fun sort of tongue-in-cheek way to describe my husband -- who is not an entrepreneur. While the term can also apply to people who generally don't have … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 12: The &+$# Truth About Online Marketing Today

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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 tonight was THE &+$# TRUTH ABOUT ONLINE MARKETING TODAY. I chose this topic because I am weary of … [Read More]

Season 3, Episode 9: Makers on Main Street with Deb Jasien [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this ninth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Deb Jasien of Fields of Ambrosia in North Conway, New Hampshire. Deb, a former theatrical set designer, has owned her business since 2001, and her store in 2007. Deb also wholesales her products, but she is very picky … [Read More]

8 Ways to Simplify Your Handmade Business

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Handmade entrepreneurship requires massive amounts of time and energy, but simplifying things will help you conserve some of that precious time and energy. It will also help you simplify your life ... always a good thing, right? Traditional entrepreneurship has usually meant that you sell the products, but you do not physically make them. … [Read More]

Why I Am Not Frustrated So Much Anymore

Why I'm not frustrated

Iwonder if the title of this post reveals my age. After all, it takes many years of allowing yourself to become frustrated before you just stop it. That's where I am at this point in my life. After nearly 16 years in business, and not a few gray hairs (thanks mostly to my offspring), I rarely become frustrated anymore. As an entrepreneur, … [Read More]

How to Get Your Confidence Back After You Lose It

Get Your Confidence Back

No matter how many years you are in business, you will experience a crisis of confidence from time to time. Whether it's negative feedback on social media, a snide remark at a show, or honest (but brutal) critique from a prospective wholesale buyer, things will happen that will cause you to second guess your ability to confidently lead your … [Read More]

Blog Your Brand 30-Day Challenge: We’re Halfway There!

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You may recall that dozens of my members have joined me in the Blog Your Brand 30-Day Challenge, where they have committing to blog every day for 30 straight days, from June 14 to July 13, 2015. Today is Day 14, and we are just about halfway to the end, it's a good time to share how members are doing and what they are saying about the experience. … [Read More]

Season 3, Episode 8: Makers on Main Street with Roberta Perry [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eighth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Roberta Perry of Scrubz Natural Skincare in Bethpage, New York. Roberta and Scrubz Natural Skincare have been members of the Indie Business Network since 2008. According to Roberta, while her business is 9 … [Read More]

How to Build Your Own Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How to Build EcoSystem

Entrepreneurship is messy, but it would be a lot more messy for me if I did not intentionally operate my business in the midst of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows it (and me) to thrive. From very early in my business, I predicted that my personal life situation would not always be a bed of roses, and that my business would be adversely … [Read More]

#MakerBizChat No. 11: Six Free Ways to Host Virtual Events to Build Your Brand

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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 tonight was SIX FREE WAYS TO HOST VIRTUAL EVENTS TO BUILD YOUR BRAND. In my 15 years of serving Makers and … [Read More]

Meet me at Connection Day 2015: Portland

October 11-12, 2015

I will host Connection Day 2015: Portland, on October 12, 2015, with hotel check-in and Indie Yappy Hour the evening before! (I'll be hosting Connection Day New York City in September, so I could not leave out my members over on the other side of the country now could I?) Sponsored by one of IBN's longtime members, Essential Wholesale and Labs, … [Read More]

How to Cultivate Your Personal Entrepreneurial Style

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While most entrepreneurs invest considerable resources to acquire the knowledge-based and functional skills needed to grow a business, not all entrepreneurs put as much effort into cultivating a personal entrepreneurial style to complement their business as it grows. As a business leader, you owe it to yourself and your business to cultivate … [Read More]

Rule No. 1: Authenticity Matters

Rule No. 1-Authenticity Matters

It's never a good idea to be someone you are not. It’s an even worse idea to be someone you are not in the age of the Internet. Authenticity has always mattered. It matters now, more than ever. Over the last several days, I have watched in stunned awe as former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal has been "outed" as a white person. This was the … [Read More]

7 Characteristics of a High Value Business Collaboration

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Each week, I receive dozens of invitations to collaborate in new business ventures of one kind or another. I decline nearly all of them because I do not want to spread myself too thin. When I do enter into a collaborative relationship with another entrepreneur, I generally do so because the collaboration has very specific … [Read More]

7 Reasons You Might Be Losing Customers (and what to do about it)

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This post is about doing specific things to ensure that you are not losing customers on a consistent basis. Obviously, you can’t afford to continually lose customers if you want your business to be solid and sustainable over the long haul. If you are losing customers (and therefore money), it is often for one of seven reasons. I not only … [Read More]