No, Thank You
Want to make a change to your business in a hurry? Here are some things you can do in abut 10 minutes that can have a lasting impact.
Once a practicing attorney, Donna Maria left the well-paying, predictable, traditional job of “corporate attorney” to blaze a trail of her own as an award-winning small business advocate and the founder and CEO of Indie Business Network.
Launched in 2000, the Indie Business Network (IBN) provides product liability insurance and mentoring, coaching and training to entrepreneurs who make the products they sell. Donna Maria calls this growing segment of small business owners “Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs,” who make and sell consumer products like soaps, cosmetics, candles, perfumes, jewelry and other types of lifestyle products, and baked goods.
IBN has grown to include an expansive multimedia portfolio that includes a weekly mentoring letter, the Indie Business Podcast, the Indie Business Blog, the annual Indie Cruise, and the Indie Business Network: Maker Mastermind retreat.
Donna Maria is the author of “Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions” (Storey Books, 2000) and an oft-requested speaker at conferences nationwide. As the leader of the Indie Business Network, “dM,” as she is affectionately known by thousands, is a respected business leader and a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs.
dM has been included or quoted in hundreds of media outlets including Parents Magazine, First For Women, Upscale Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, Black Enterprise.com, Forbes.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Working Woman Magazine, ABC World News, CBS Evening News (Washington, DC affiliate), Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, The Rose Sheet, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, the Charlotte Observer and more. Her advice has been included in the pages of numerous books aimed at small business owners including “Bye Bye Board Room,” “The Brand Called You,” “Business Plans Made Easy,” “Small Town Rules” and more.
Donna Maria is the Small Business columnist for QCityMetro, a local publication in her adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. She serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Natural Products Association.
dM’s mission is to empower women and families to maximize their potential through small business ownership. Originally from Washington, DC, dM resides in Charlotte, NC, with her husband and children. Her motto is: “Break all the rules, Build your own corporate ladder, and Create the life you love!” Twitter: @IndieBusiness
Want to make a change to your business in a hurry? Here are some things you can do in abut 10 minutes that can have a lasting impact.Aug 11, 2016 259 Shares
Burnout from too much work can lead to uninspired work. Here are ways you can avoid it.Aug 4, 2016 175 Shares
What does it take to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Check out some examples of how it's being done now in handmade goods.Jul 28, 2016 217 Shares
Some customers are looking for something specific. And you can be the one to provide that to them. Here are 4 tips to creating goods to reach a target market.Jul 21, 2016 212 Shares
Being a creator of great handmade products is one step toward success. Now it's time to build a community behind your brand. Here are seven ways you can do that.Jul 14, 2016 241 Shares
You may have a Facebook Page for your handmade business already but there are added benefits of building a community from within the confines of a Facebook Group.Jun 30, 2016 307 Shares
You've got your handmade business up and running. You're filling orders. Life is good. You're happy, right? Check out these 7 ways you can be even happier in your handmade business.Jun 23, 2016 290 Shares
If the trade show or market you're attending isn't turning out to be the most profitable, there are plenty of ways to turn the proverbial lemons into lemonade.Jun 16, 2016 227 Shares
If you're waiting for the perfect time to start a new homemade business, there's no time like the present, as the say.Jun 9, 2016 375 Shares
If the latest blog post on your handmade business company website is gathering dust, you're probably struggling to find something about which to write. Here are some quick and solid articles to write to keep that content fresh.Jun 2, 2016 819 Shares
Interested in growing your handmade business but not to the point of needing extra help to do so? Check out these tips to help you better manage your business on your own.May 26, 2016 384 Shares
Perhaps you're ready to launch a handmade business of your own. But how do you know if that business will be successful? Of course, there's no way to be absolutely sure, but here columnist Donna Marie Coles Johnson gives some possible signs you're headed in the right direction.May 19, 2016 319 Shares
Looking for templates, checklists or guides? The Small Business Resource Center has them!