Indie Business Podcast: Season 03: Makers on Main Street: Archive

What an amazing Season 03 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was such a thrill to share with you the stories of so many Makers on Main Street, Creative Entrepreneurs who are dotting the landscape with beautiful retail stores on Main Streets across the nation. I am gearing up for Season 04, the first episode of which will be released on September 16. For now, I present you with an opportunity … [Read more...]

How to Manage Your Entrepreneurial Energy

The longer I am in business, the more I appreciate the importance of managing my entrepreneurial energy. In the early years of my business, it was as simple as getting up, getting a bunch of stuff done, and then calling it a day. That's still the big picture, but now that my business has matured some (and hopefully me, along with it), I am discovering that the "just get 'er done" approach is not … [Read more...]

Season 3: Episode 12: Makers on Main Street with Amber Hawthorne [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this twelfth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I will introduce you to Amber Hawthorne of Bambu Earth in San Juan Capistrano, California. Amber just hosted the soft opening of her store this past weekend, and she tells us all about it in this episode. You'll also enjoy hearing how Amber used Kickstarter to fund her dream … [Read more...]

How to Use a Blog to Attract More Customers to Your Website

As you probably know, I'm a big believer in the power and wisdom of using a blog to attract more customers to your website. That's not the only reason I believe blogging is critical to your success as an entrepreneur (here are other reasons), but it's one of the big ones. After nearly 16 years in business, I have concluded that there is no better effective and sustainable means of … [Read more...]

Case Study: Incorporating Philanthropy into Your Business Model

One of the things we discuss from time to time in the Indie Business Network is how to incorporate philanthropy into your business model. I hosted an exclusive member Success Call on this topic a few months ago, and it was one of the most well attended ever. The interview here shares a high level case study of Melissa Camilleri, one of our members, who has added a successful philanthropic … [Read more...]

Season 3: Episode 11: Makers on Main Street with Cindy Jones, Ph.D. [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you'll meet Cindy Jones, Ph.D. of Colorado Aromatics in Longmont, Colorado. Cindy started her business 10 years ago on the heels of a career as a chemist and microbiologist. After serving as a medical writer while her children were very young, she began to see a need in the … [Read more...]

Our August 2015 Access Q+A Coaching Call

Entrepreneurship can be lonely ... but not for members of the Indie Business Network. Every month, I and IBN's Head Coach, Christine Laureano, host a private coaching call exclusively for members of the Indie Business Network so they can get answers to their most pressing business and success questions. Today's call was one of our most highly attended ever, and we covered a ton of topics, … [Read more...]

Soapmaker Alana Rivera in San Francisco Chronicle

Are you a soapmaker? Are you still making your soaps in a small room or two in your home? There is nothing wrong with that, but if you want some inspiration to take things to the next level by getting having your own soapmaking studio, then look no further than our member and soapmaker extraordinaire, Alana Rivera of Etta and Billie in San Francisco. Watch this video, a wonderful feature from the … [Read more...]

Seek First to Build Relationships

Business is built on real relationships with real people, yet too many Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs think that if a marketing strategy does not produce quick sales, it's not a good marketing strategy. That's not true, and I'm going to tell you why. After 15 years in business, I've learned that the marketing strategies that produce quick short-term results are generally unsustainable … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2016 Speaker: Stacia Guzzo: Use Video to Build Your Brand

Last month in this post, I introduced you to Anne-Marie Faiola who will be speaking on #IndieCruise2016 Mastermind on the topic of Practical Tips to Organize Your Business for Stunning Success and Unsurpassed Productivity. Today, I'm excited to introduce you to another speaker: the lovely Stacia Guzzo of Handcrafted Honey Bee in Tehachapi, California! Join me in welcoming Stacia, as we … [Read more...]