Episode 42: Michelle Smith: MamaSuds, Goodrich, Michigan [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Michelle Smith of MamaSuds, Maker of natural cleaning products in Goodrich, Michigan. Michelle is a former middle school teacher who began making household cleaners for her family after she and her husband began their family. Encouraged by her husband, Michelle took the first tentative steps toward … [Read more...]

Is Social Comparison Bias Sabotaging Your Small Business?

Wondering why you are not getting the results you think you deserve? By focusing on other people, you may be sabotaging your own success. It starts when you are young. Your brother gets a fancy birthday party, so you want a better fancy birthday party. Your sister got an expensive makeover for Christmas, and now you think you deserve one too. It's human nature to compare yourself to others. In … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurial Lessons from #2x4Live: Nashville

I recently co-hosted a two-day event filled with entrepreneurial lessons: 2x4Live: Nashville, with three business colleagues: Lela Barker, Anne-Marie Faila and Kayla Fioravanti. If you were there, you already know what a treat it was. If you were not there, then strap yourself in for an overview of the presentations you missed. Entrepreneurial Lessons from #2x4Live: Nashville After an … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2017 Speaker: Deb Jasien: How to Design the Perfect Craft or Trade Show Booth

There are 242 days to go until my annual 7th Annual #IndieCruise Mastermind retreat! In case you missed it, we'll be gathering at the beautiful Club Med Luxury Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 15 – 20, 2017. It will be here before you know it, so if you have not registered, now is the time to learn more and register here. I recently introduced you to Melody … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No. 8: Ally Lin of Wonderland Organics

Welcome to #IndieTakeover No. 8! Today, you'll meet an IBN member with a gentle spirit and a product line to match. Her name is Ally Lin, and she is one of the most focused entrepreneurs I know. Her Wonderland Organics product line offers a line of natural skincare products for sensitive skin, and made with fresh and sustainable ingredients. Ally is a marketing associate turned skincare … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No. 7: Cindy Jones of Colorado Aromatics

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 7! Today, you'll meet an IBN member who fills me with inspiration. Her name is Cindy Jones, and she is a pretty amazing entrepreneur with a business that has several exciting income streams. Cindy Jones, Ph.D is a scientist and herbalist, and the founder and owner of Colorado Aromatics in Longmont, Colorado. I am pleased to introduce you to a day in her busy … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No. 6: Desiree Doucet at The Creative Cajun

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 6! One of the best things about my life (or is it my work ... can't tell the difference ...) is that I have the opportunity to serve and become acquainted with people from across this incredible country. I learn from them, I mentor them, I teach them, I admire them. That's what the Indie Business Network is all about. One f the ways we collectively continue this … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No. 5: Roberta Perry at Scrubz Body Natural Skin Care

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 5, the final takeover day in our week-long series. Today's #IndieTakeover guest is Roberta Perry of ScrubzBody™ Natural Skin Care in Bethpage, NY. In case you haven't heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience, and this is our final #IndieTakeover of the week. If you missed our previous #IndieTakeovers this week, you can … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No 4: Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 4. I am excited to introduce you to today's #IndieTakeover guest: Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee in Tehachapi, CA. In case you haven't heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience. If you missed our previous #IndieTakeovers this week, you can check them out here, here and here. And now, for a bit about Stacia as we … [Read more...]

#IndieTakeover No. 3: Torrian Denise at Dorneé Natural Body Luxuries

Welcome to #IndieTakeover Day 3. I am excited to introduce you to today's #IndieTakeover guest: Torrian Denise of Dorneé Natural Body Luxuries in Twinsburg, Ohio. In case you haven't heard, #IndieTakeover is a fun new way to share your message with a new audience. If you missed our previous #IndieTakeovers this week, you can check them out here and here. And now, for a bit about Torrian … [Read more...]