Senate Hearing Set for Thursday: Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety

On Thursday (tomorrow, September 22, 2016), the The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing at 10am EST. The topic of the hearing is Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety. You can watch the hearing live at this link. If you are a member of the Indie Business Network, you can join me in our private Facebook group for a live discussion of … [Read more...]

Episode 48: Toushonta Hogan of Scent_sa-tional Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Toushonta of Scent_sa-tional Soaps in Los Angeles, CA. As you'll hear on this episode, Toushonta has had two phases of her business. The first was a warmup phase, which ended when she worked through a bit of an entrepreneurial desert as she dug deep into herself to decide whether she wanted to really pursue … [Read more...]

Don’t Let DIY Become DYI in Your Small Business

I am sure you are familiar with the acronym, DIY, standing for "do-it-yourself." But you are probably not familiar with the new acronym I just created, DYI, standing for "do-yourself-in." One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business is to rely on the Internet to teach you everything you need to know to achieve your business goals, and then try to do complete tasks you are not qualified to … [Read more...]

Episode 47: Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans outside my fabulous hometown of Washington, DC. (Sorry for calling it episode 46 in the podcast recording.) As you'll hear on this episode, as a former practicing attorney myself, I was excited to meet Andrea on Twitter several years ago. Since … [Read more...]

Do These Things to Lead a Successful Facebook Group

Now that you know how a branded Facebook group can help your business grow, it's time to learn how to lead a successful Facebook group, so it produces the results you want. Leading a successful Facebook group is not complicated, but it requires a good bit of thought. If you've ever been a part of anything that involves a lot of people online, you also know it takes a strong and consistent … [Read more...]

How a Branded Facebook Group Can Help Your Business Grow

Did you know that managing branded Facebook groups can help you grow your business? You may have heard a lot about Facebook groups recently, especially since Facebook has forced business page managers to pay a fee to display more than a few of their posts to their fans. As a result of this "pay to play" approach, more entrepreneurs have turned to Facebook groups to interact with their … [Read more...]

Summer 2016 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge Starts Now!

It's time for the Summer 2016 30-Day Blog Your Brand Challenge, and we start right now! This is the perfect time for a blogging challenge. It's July, but we are moving steadily and quickly toward the fall season, and now is the time to attract people to your site for a look-see so you have an easier time converting sales during the fall and holiday season. My co-host for this 30-Day Blog … [Read more...]

Episode 46: How I Put the I-N-D-I-E in the Indie Business Network [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Indie Business Podcast! This episode marks a bit of a milestone: it's the first ever in which I am not interviewing a guest. I am not changing the things permanently. I will continue to bring you the best inspirational stories of Makers around the nation, but I am changing things up a bit this week to celebrate Independence Day 2016. In this episode, which is … [Read more...]

How to be an Entrepreneurial Multiplier

One of the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur is that she is a relentless multiplier. The same can be said of any successful person really, but the ability to bring about multiple beneficial business outcomes as a result of a single action is a requirement for everyone who expects to lead a profitable and sustainable business. In a nutshell, an entrepreneurial multiplier is one … [Read more...]

Episode 45: Christina Wennstrom: Soap Seas, Redondo Beach, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California. Before we dive in, I want you to know that I recorded this episode at my mother's dining room table on a day when her alarm malfunctioned and my children had just started summer vacation. Please be forgiving when you hear a few beeping sounds in … [Read more...]