November 2015 Access Q+A Coaching Call

Our IBN member Access Q+A Coaching Call has a new twist this month! Today, we’re debuting a “Hot Seat” coaching feature where a member or two, selected in advance, sit in our Hot Seat so our coaches can help them Masteremind (brainstorm) a specific challenge in their business. As always, our call will be recorded for members who cannot attend live. Our Head Coach, Christine Laureano … [Read more...]

November Success Call: How To Use Periscope to Engage Your Customers and Fans

Have you heard of Periscope? Of course you have. Have you used it? Have you used it well? Would you like to learn how to use it better, from someone who is one of the earliest adapters ... and who has nearly a million hearts!!? (You must know what "hearts" are, right?!) If you want to embrace a powerful new way to engage your customers and fans as you also showcase your products and expertise, … [Read more...]

November 2015 Member Makeover: Kiss Freely in Rockville Centre, NY

After the debut of our newest member benefit, our Member Makeover last month, I knew we were onto something. The hands-on, deep dive, live review of one of our member's websites, niche, and brand presence not only informed her, but it also informed the entire membership. There is no better learning atmosphere then one filled with positive, inspiring people who collectively reach past their comfort … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!

I am pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from across North American are going all out to make sure you have wonderful local handmade goodness to share with your friends and loved ones this holiday season. Announcing the 2015 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! Our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide is ever-changing ... we are going … [Read more...]

October 2015 Member Makeover: Jade Lilly in Bolingbrook, Illinois

The big day is finally here! It's the day of our first Indie Business Network Member Makeover, where we take a deep dive into a member's website and answer their questions and make suggestions for how they can make their online presence even better. We start promptly at 1pm EST (11am MDT | 12pm CST | 10am PDT). Not only is this great for the member receiving the live Member Makeover, but … [Read more...]

Community is King (and also, Queen)

Content is important, but community is king. In fact, it's not only king, but it's also queen. Content is everywhere, but community is everything. Content is all over the place, and most of it is either an overly sales-y waste of Internet real estate or a repeat (often plagiarized) of content someone else has already shared. In fact, there is so much of it that even when it's useful, it's … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2016 Presenter: Kim Jones: Yoga on the Beach

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, and Roberta Perry. We will be learning and growing our businesses exponentially, but we will also be renewing ourselves with relaxing downtime, walks along the shore, and fun excursions. We will also enjoy yoga on the beach, thanks to yoga … [Read more...]

Indie Business Podcast: Season 04: Martha Stewart 2015 American Made: Archive

What an amazing Season 04 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was so exciting to introduce you to a Martha Stewart 2015 American Made Finalist from each of the four categories: Style, Design, Food and Crafts. The winners will be announced tomorrow, October 23!! I am gearing up for Season 05, but for now, I present you with an opportunity to binge on Season 04 and this amazing crop of … [Read more...]

Introducing Virtual Hot Seat Coaching!

I am SO EXCITED to share the launch of the Indie Business Network's newest member benefit: The Virtual Hot Seat. (If you already know you want to be the first to sit in our Virtual Hot Seat, click here to apply.) As you know, our Head Coach, Christine Laureano of Ba6 Botanicals and Ba6 Content Marketing leads our monthly Q+A Access Coaching Calls (like this one) where our members get answers to … [Read more...]

How to Separate Your Self From Your Business

As a Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur, it sometimes seems impossible to separate your self from your business. This is not necessarily always a bad thing. The democratization of business and the work-life merger have made entrepreneurship accessible to everyone with a good idea and a mobile device. But while the era of sharp distinction between who you are and what you do is over, it is still vital … [Read more...]