Indie Business Blog

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 and information products. That's why I'm excited … [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]

Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced S-1014: 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 … [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]