Indie Business Blog

7 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Online Marketing Efforts and Boost Sales

Donna Maria and Chuck Blethen

Today I have the privilege of speaking about social media at “Farm to Market: 21st Century Practices For The Modern Herbal Entrepreneur,” an event co-sponsored by the North Carolina Natural Products Association (where I am a board member) and the American Herbalists Guild. My topic was "7 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Online Marketing Efforts and Boost Sales," and by all accounts, it helped a lot … [Read More]

Social Media Roundup: Sept 13 ~ Sept. 19 (with Pinterest tips!)

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One of the things I emphasize to my members and clients is the importance of using technology to spread the word about your business. As you might imagine, we talk about a lot about social media. One thing I always encourage people to do is to systematize their social media outreach so they are not overwhelmed, and to use the tools where their … [Read More]

Pandora’s Makeup Box’s Trademark Dilemma

Pandora trademark litigation

Our member Karrie Welch at Fortunate Face shared this video in our Secret Facebook Group this week, and it is producing a fun discussion about the importance of trademarks. Have a look at this video from Pandora's Makeup. In addition to sharing their opinion that they are the subject of "corporate bullying," (I'm not sure I agree), this is a … [Read More]

The New Indie Business Podcast

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I launched my podcast in 2005 as the Lifestyle CEO Show. I later changed the name to Indie Business Podcast, and ultimately hosted a weekly show over 300 times between 2005 and 2012. As technology progressed from the Dark Ages, I switched my podcast from the now defunct Global Talk Radio to Blog Talk Radio. This business arrangement did not work … [Read More]

Announcing the Theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome!

indie cruise mastermind 2015

I am pleased to announce our theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Handmade Entrepreneurs: February 8 to February 15, 2015. Our theme is all about breaking through barriers, real and imagined, to fully express who you are as a person, a business, and a brand. Our carefully selected speakers have been chosen, … [Read More]

Indie Business Network Members Are 2014 American Made Finalists!

martha stewart american made 2014 finalists

We are thrilled to announce our members who are finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest! You can vote for your favorites starting TODAY, and every day, through October 13. The 2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winners will be announced on October 17. The Martha Stewart American Made program celebrates all things local and … [Read More]

September 2014 My Maker Box Reveal: Handmade Products and Business Success Resources

september 2014 my maker box

Autumn is finally here, and with it, the September My Maker Box is making its way across the country as we speak. Featuring a dizzying array of handmade goodies and resources for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs, My Maker Box is THE subscription box for creative entrepreneurs who want to enjoy other locally made products and new business building … [Read More]

10 Steps To Starting A Mastermind Group That Works

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This article originally appeared at Donna Maria.com on February 15, 2014. I have been a part of at least one Mastermind group, sometimes more than one at a time, for several years. I have participated in virtual and in-person Mastermind groups. There are major differences between the two, but that’s for another post. This post shares how to … [Read More]

It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Priorities.

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This article originally appeared at Donna Maria.com on March 22, 2014. When Kenna Cote asked me to speak on the topic of work/life balance at the Central Soapers Workshop this weekend, I was thrilled. At first, I didn’t have a clue what I would say because I don’t think there is any such thing as work/life balance. There’s just life and all the … [Read More]

Roasted Plum Tomatoes

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This year, I grew my first little garden, quite by accident. My son tossed a few raw green beans into a patch of dirt beside our home sometime in May. A few weeks later, he ran into the kitchen claiming that green beans were growing, and the rest is history. All my life, I have only managed to only kill plants. While I have a long way to go to … [Read More]

IBN Members Featured at Newsday’s “The New Normal”

angela carillo and roberta perry at newsday event

Not only do our members run their own businesses, but they also help others to be successful in theirs. For example, this week, our Roberta Perry and Angela Carillo were featured panelists at the Newsday Connect Small Business Seminar: The New Normal: Growing Your Business in a Digital World. (Newsday is a paper in Long Island, the area where … [Read More]

Social Media Roundup – Sept. 6th ~ Sept. 12th

I hope you all had a wonderful week! For me here in Charlotte, it was a huge relief just to enjoy temperatures below 90°F. We've had some scorchers here lately and the cooler temperatures are more than welcome. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love the chill in the air. Speaking of fall, football time is here so of course I had to show you a … [Read More]

We Remember

We Remember September 11, 2001

Today, we remember with respect and sadness the thousands of people who died in the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, at the World Trade Center and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 2001. I was 8 months pregnant with my first child on that day, and like everyone else, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Take a moment today to … [Read More]

Using Video in Your Handmade Business

stacia guzzo of handcrafted honeybee

One of the most critical teachings in my Indie Business Blueprint is that Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs must leverage the power of the video to build their brands and boost customer engagement and sales. Most of my students know how important this is, but they are fearful that it will take too much time or that they will do it wrong. I get it. … [Read More]

Introducing the August My Maker Box Supporters

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In case you missed, it our August My Maker Box was a huge success. You can see some of the unboxing videos here, and click here check out all of the Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs whose products and services are featured in the August My Maker Box. Today, I'm excited to tell you about the amazing people who subscribed to our first My Maker Box! … [Read More]