Indie Business Blog

Indie Business Blab: How to Ad Lib Your Business

the importance of ad libbing and being flexible in your business

While planning is critical to success as an entrepreneur, flexibility is equally important. There are times when you just have to ad lib your business, not knowing exactly what to do next, but taking baby steps in the direction you are going. According to the dictionary, an ad lib is made up of "words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously." In business, some … [Read More]

5 Ways to Take a Semi-Sabbatical

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I have written previously about the power of the pause, and how important it is to step away and press the reset button from time to time. I did so last week. I am freshly returned from my 6th Annual #IndieCruise Mastermind Retreat for Creative Entrepreneurs, and I have firmly pressed the reset button. Here is a video that one of our speakers, … [Read More]

I’ve Been Named Handmade Business Expert for Small Business Trends!


I am pleased to announce that I have been named the Handmade Business Expert for the Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. Small Business Trends content is syndicated through ACI Information Group (formerly Newstex) and other sites around the … [Read More]

Indie Business Blab: Get Lean In Your Business in 2016


This Blab was recorded live on New Year's Day on the Indie Business Blab channel. I hesitated to share it because there are times when the audio overlaps, resulting in either two people talking at once or blank stares while the audio catches up. Due to the fact that Blab is very new, it is kind of buggy, but it works well enough to have great live … [Read More]

Our 2016 Member Badge is Here!


The new 2016 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code for the badge for the current year at this link. (Members: remember to log in before following the link to avoid the "Ooops" page!) The badge looks like this, except there is no "sample" watermark. The badge … [Read More]

Join me on Blab: Get Lean in Your Business in 2016

It's time to cut the fat! A few weeks ago, I reached out to fellow entrepreneur and Indie Business Network member Melody Bockelman of Private Label Insider to catch up and chat about life and business. The conversation ended up lasting nearly an hour, and as it progressed, we both concluded that we had to share our hour-long impromptu mentoring … [Read More]

Introducing Jennifer Smith, Your Indie Concierge

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For many of you, this is no introduction. After all, most of my members have met Jennifer personally in our Secret Facebook Group. Others have benefited from her website and blog design services, especially using Wordpress. What you may not know is that, for much of 2015, Jennifer was an integral part much of what we did here at the Indie … [Read More]

Top 12 Books for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in 2016

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It was incredibly difficult to whittle this book list down to twelve, but I did it so I could present you with a monthly reading list for the New Year. I believe anyone can benefit from these books, whether or not they are an entrepreneur of any kind, and whether or not they have a handmade business. I selected these books after careful … [Read More]

Merry Christmas 2015!

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Unbelievably, it's nearly 70° in Charlotte on Christmas Day! It's a bit of a challenge to feel "Christmas-y" when it's this warm, but regardless of the temperature, it's still a wonderful day. My kids are happy with multiple electronics devices hanging out of their ears and hanging off of their bodies, plus there is a newly leased horse and a bunch … [Read More]

Products For Your Fabulous Face

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Your face is fabulous already. You don't need anything to make it better than it already is. But if you like the idea of a bit of extra sparkle and smoothness, then you'll love these products from members of the Indie Business Network and the 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. … [Read More]

Give the Gift of Professionalism


How many creative entrepreneurs do you have on your holiday list? There are lots of ways to gift them something special, but I bet a professional service or program can be one of the last things that occurs to you. Our 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide Professional Services Department fixes that by offering the perfect professional gifts for … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2016 Presenter: Zandra Cunningham: My Teenpreneur Journey


In previous posts, I have introduced our speakers for #IndieCruise 2016. Just in case you missed them, they are me, Anne-Marie Faiola, and Stacia Guzzo, Kim Jones, and Roberta Perry. There are only 32 days left until we gather in Cancún, Yucatán, Mexico, for this amazing retreat, and I think you will agree that I saved an extra special treat for my … [Read More]

5 Mistakes That Will Quickly Kill Your Business (and how to fix them)

5 Fatal Mistakes

There are surely more than five fatal mistakes in business, but not all of them can be addressed effectively in a single blog post. These five mistakes can. If you hunker down and focus, you can begin to take corrective action on these five mistakes in as little as an hour. Do you see anything you need to address here? If so, set a timer, … [Read More]

Craft and Body from the Indie Business Network

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If you are looking for some pampering gifts to give your friends and family members this holiday season, then you have come to the right place. Indie Business Network members make a host of handcrafted bath and body products. There is so much to choose from, and something for everyone. You can check out the entire 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide … [Read More]

Handmade Candles Add Beauty and Calm to the Holidays

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If you like gifting candles for the holidays, you are in good company. According to the National Candle Association, 76% of people view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays. In case you are one of those people, this post will make it easy for you to give the gift of candles to add beauty and calm to the holidays this year. Members … [Read More]