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#IndieCruise MasterMind 2015 Speaker: Alana Rivera: Branding Up

alana rivera speaking on indie cruise mastermind 2015

As of today, there are only 98 days left to go until we set sail on February 8 for #IndieCruise MasterMind 2015. We are preparing for a superb time together. So far, you've met three of our presenters: Kismet Andrews, Andrea Hence Evans, Esq and Lela Barker. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Alana Rivera who will speak on the topic of "Branding Up". Alana is the Maker at Etta and Billie, a … [Read More]

Our Roberta Perry Featured on the Dr. Oz Show After Responding to a HARO Inquiry!

IBN member roberta perry on the dr. oz show | Indie Business Network

How exciting is this? Last week, our member, Roberta Perry of Scrubz Body Scrub in Bethpage, New York, was recently a guest on the Dr. Oz. Show! According to their website, the Dr. Oz Show is broadcast in 118 countries and has over 4 Million daily viewers. On this show clip, Roberta educates Dr. Oz about the benefits of green tea as a nature … [Read More]

Episode 7: Lynn Elko: Emma’s Friends Soaps and Lotions [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast with Lynn Elko of Emma's Friends

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this seventh episode, I introduce you to Lynn Elko of Emma's Friends Soaps and Lotions in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Lynn was enjoying a fulfilling corporate career when she and her husband discovered that their baby daughter, Emma, was experiencing serious developmental difficulties. While on a … [Read More]

Case Study: Creating a Limited Edition Product to Benefit a Local Charity

How to create a limited edition product to benefit a local chartiy | indie business network

End of the year festivities are fast approaching, and that means a lot of wonderful things for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs, among them, opportunities to donate some of the fruits of your labor to worthy charitable causes. According to a study released earlier this year by Good.Must.Grow., a socially responsible marketing consultancy, 30 … [Read More]

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

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October is my favorite month of the year. The fireplaces light up and thoughts turn to warm coffee, toasty blankets and a good book by the hearth. We've got all that and more in store for you with this month's My Maker Box. Did you miss out? Not to worry, I'll tell you how not to make that mistake again in a minute. For now, have a look at the … [Read More]

8 Things I Like About Facebook

8 things i like about facebook, by donna maria

I joined Facebook on November 7, 2007, about a year after Facebook opened the platform to everyone with an email address. Since that time, I have been tempted, off and on, to close my Facebook account. Who hasn't, right? You know the drill: Facebook changes something, or some feature I like is not working properly or whatever. Since I'm not an … [Read More]

Episode 6: Samantha Irwin: Standard Wax [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Irwin of Standard Wax in Chandler, Arizona. Samantha and her business partner, Andrew King, met each other "by accident" at work, they did their first craft show "by accident," they got their first wholesale customer "by accident," and today, they … [Read More]

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

The idea of starting a business to do what you love all day long is romantic and appealing. The trouble with it is that it's not realistic, especially in today's world where everyone has a business and the Internet is filled with people who are trying to get your customers' attention. When you start your handmade business, it's true that you have … [Read More]

L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter

loreal carols daughter

In a brand new video, Carol's Daughter founder, Lisa Price, announced today that L’Oréal USA has signed an agreement to acquire her company, which she calls "her first child." Watch here. Lisa launched Carol's Daughter in her kitchen 21 years ago, making handmade soaps, lotions, butters, jellies, and potions that smelled delicious and worked … [Read More]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2015 Speaker: Lela Barker: Use Signature Events To Build Your Brand

lela barker indie cruise speaker

Over the past few weeks, I've been introducing you to our fabulous speakers for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. So far, you've met Kismet Andrews and Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Lela Barker, another successful creative entrepreneur whom you will hear from and dine with and snorkel with, on #IndieCruise Mastermind … [Read More]

Handmade Business For Sale: Simple Nature

simple nature for sale

From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who want to sell their business for one reason or another. I am not always in a position to share the opportunity publicly because not everyone wants their friends and fans to know that their business is for sale. Today, I am able to share that a three-year old handmade … [Read More]

Video: How Do You Know Your Soapmaking Business Will Support You?

soapmaking business with Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps

Our member over at Outlaw Soaps is pretty awesome. Well, all of our members are awesome, but Danielle is awesome in unique ways. She is never afraid to step out of the box and try something new. Danielle really does not even know what a box is, and I think that is so great. For example, when she didn't know how to add music to a video about her … [Read More]

Video: The Art of the Do Over

the art of the do over

Wouldn't it be nice if every time you introduced a new program or product, you could just sell it forever, just like it was the day you launched it, and you never had to change it or do it over? And wouldn't it be nice if you could learn how to make the most of Facebook's algorithm and call it a day, and never have to learn it over because they … [Read More]

Episode 5: Samantha Dickey: Dirty Beauty Skincare [Podcast]

samantha dickey dirty beauty skin care

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Dickey of Dirty Beauty Skincare in Woodstock, Georgia. Here is how Samantha describes her handmade products: They are all "hand-poured and developed by a farmer's nerdy lipstick-lovin' granddaughter." You should be able to tell from that … [Read More]

The Seven Components of a Successful Handmade Business

seven components of a successful handmade business

As the leader of the Indie Business Network, I have the privilege of witnessing the birth of a lot of new businesses. Frequently, new Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs find IBN because they need product liability insurance. After they join, they discover that the coaching and mentoring included with the membership are even more valuable than the … [Read More]