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8 Things I Like About Facebook

8 things i like about facebook, by donna maria

I joined Facebook on November 7, 2007, about a year after Facebook opened the platform to everyone with an email address. Since that time, I have been tempted, off and on, to close my Facebook account. Who hasn't, right? You know the drill: Facebook changes something, or some feature I like is not working properly or whatever. Since I'm not an impulsive person, I usually think better of it and end … [Read more...]

Episode 6: Samantha Irwin: Standard Wax [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Irwin of Standard Wax in Chandler, Arizona. Samantha and her business partner, Andrew King, met each other "by accident" at work, they did their first craft show "by accident," they got their first wholesale customer "by accident," and today, they are in business "by accident." Clearly, there is … [Read more...]

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Handmade Business

The idea of starting a business to do what you love all day long is romantic and appealing. The trouble with it is that it's not realistic, especially in today's world where everyone has a business and the Internet is filled with people who are trying to get your customers' attention. When you start your handmade business, it's true that you have to do pretty much everything yourself. But as you … [Read more...]

L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter

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In a brand new video, Carol's Daughter founder, Lisa Price, announced today that L’Oréal USA has signed an agreement to acquire her company, which she calls "her first child." Watch here. Lisa launched Carol's Daughter in her kitchen 21 years ago, making handmade soaps, lotions, butters, jellies, and potions that smelled delicious and worked wonders for your skin. Like all Indie Business Network … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2015 Speaker: Lela Barker: Use Signature Events To Build Your Brand

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Over the past few weeks, I've been introducing you to our fabulous speakers for #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. So far, you've met Kismet Andrews and Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Lela Barker, another successful creative entrepreneur whom you will hear from and dine with and snorkel with, on #IndieCruise Mastermind 2015. Lela is the owner of Bella Luccè, a bath … [Read more...]

Handmade Business For Sale: Simple Nature

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From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who want to sell their business for one reason or another. I am not always in a position to share the opportunity publicly because not everyone wants their friends and fans to know that their business is for sale. Today, I am able to share that a three-year old handmade business is for sale: Simple Nature. The founder and … [Read more...]

Video: How Do You Know Your Soapmaking Business Will Support You?

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Our member over at Outlaw Soaps is pretty awesome. Well, all of our members are awesome, but Danielle is awesome in unique ways. She is never afraid to step out of the box and try something new. Danielle really does not even know what a box is, and I think that is so great. For example, when she didn't know how to add music to a video about her product idea, she became her own background music. … [Read more...]

Video: The Art of the Do Over

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Wouldn't it be nice if every time you introduced a new program or product, you could just sell it forever, just like it was the day you launched it, and you never had to change it or do it over? And wouldn't it be nice if you could learn how to make the most of Facebook's algorithm and call it a day, and never have to learn it over because they change it? I suppose it would be nice. But it would … [Read more...]

Episode 5: Samantha Dickey: Dirty Beauty Skincare [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode, I introduce you to Samantha Dickey of Dirty Beauty Skincare in Woodstock, Georgia. Here is how Samantha describes her handmade products: They are all "hand-poured and developed by a farmer's nerdy lipstick-lovin' granddaughter." You should be able to tell from that description that Samantha is a country girl. Combine that … [Read more...]

The Seven Components of a Successful Handmade Business

seven components of a successful handmade business

As the leader of the Indie Business Network, I have the privilege of witnessing the birth of a lot of new businesses. Frequently, new Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs find IBN because they need product liability insurance. After they join, they discover that the coaching and mentoring included with the membership are even more valuable than the insurance. After all, what good does it do to have … [Read more...]