Season 3, Episode 5: “Makers on Main Street” with Kismet Andrews [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Kismet Andrews of Bar Maids in Brush Prairie, Washington. Kismet held down a full-time job working eighty hours a week for several years after the started her business, and when she finally quit, she never looked back. Today, Kismet owns and manages a retail shop in … [Read more...]

Season 3, Episode 4: “Makers on Main Street” with Michelle Rhoades [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Michelle Rhoades of Mossy Creek Soap in Perry, Georgia. Michelle's introduction to business ownership began with a foray into the world of direct sales. She was very successful at it, but when the company folded, she found herself with an active list of customers and … [Read more...]

Member Success Call: How to be Instagood on Instagram

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What sets apart Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs who use Instagram successfully to grow their businesses and those who do not? According to our guest on today's Success Call, it includes things like consistent posting and using a pre-determined schedule. In other words, like in so many other areas of life and business, discipline is the KEY to making things happen. Today, on our IBN Member … [Read more...]

Memorial Day 2015

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Today is a day of remembrance and celebration. We remember the sacrifices of those who gave, and are giving, so much of themselves so we have the freedom to learn and grow as individuals. We celebrate the blessings of America, and with gratitude, acknowledge the selflessness that makes it all possible. Thank you for your service -- especially my late late Daddy, Lieutenant Colonel James A. … [Read more...]

#MakerBizChat No. 7: How to Stay On Brand in 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 10 Ways To Stay "On Brand" In Your Maker Business, and the conversation was lively and informative. Branding is about more a great … [Read more...]

Our May 2015 Access Q+A Coaching Call is Today!

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Today is the best day ever because it's our coaching call day! Each month, I and our Head Coach, Christine Laureano, host a private member call designed to give members an opportunity to get the answers to their most pressing business questions NOW! This month, our Head Coach, Christine Laureano (left) will be joined by our Guest Member Coach Cindy Jones, Ph.D. of Sagescript and Colorado … [Read more...]

Season 3, Episode 3: “Makers on Main Street” with Jamyla Bennu [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this third episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I introduce you to Jamyla Bennu of Oyin Handmade in Baltimore, Maryland. You'll be so inspired by how Jamyla has grown her business from a tiny kitchen operation to a retail store with production space built in, a fully operating salon (where Oyin Handmade products are used … [Read more...]

Video: Consumers Turning Toward Handmade Soap

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I received this fun video via email over the weekend. It's all about the product that that put in motion the sequence of events that led to the start of the Indie Business network: soap. The first part of the video is about the many varieties of soaps and detergents (key word there) on the market today. The good part is toward the end, starting at about 3:33. As you can see, you can make soap in … [Read more...]

#MakerBizChat No. 6: How to Pitch Your Products to Holiday Gift Guides

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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 Pitch Your Products to Holiday Gift Guides, and my guest was Andreea Ayers of Launch Grow Joy in Fort Collins, Colorado. Andreea helps … [Read more...]

Season 3, Episode 2: Makers on Main Street with Robert Ungemach and Keith Emmons [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 3, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this second episdoe of my Makers on Main Street series, I introduce you to Keith Emmons and Robert Ungemach of Opportunity Market in Dallas, Texas. Keith and Robert are partners in life and in business, and each serves a different leadership role at the business. Keith's and Robert's individual and collective passion for Makers and … [Read more...]