Two wonderful books have recently come my way that I just had to share with you. Are you a freelancer, a home business craft-preneur, a sole trader diyer or trying to make it as an artist? Well you need these two books.
Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Joy Deangdeelert Cho + Meg Mateo Ilasco. Chronicle Books; 1 edition (July 28, 2010).
The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line by Kari Chapin. Storey Publishing, LLC (February 27, 2010).
Creative inc is an interesting informative read for those in the illustration freelance business – whether just starting up or at a stage where you are thinking of expanding and growing – this book is a practical and down to earth handbook for those in this industry. Very useful chapter on getting an agent is worth getting the book just for this alone. Most of the business nitty gritty is pretty universal although the tax stuff is for a US audience – I still think that those in other countries will benefit from reading this book too. With interviews from those working in this industry – there are some real insights into what its really like to be a freelancer.
The Handmade marketplace – apart from being a super cute book filled with wonderful illustrations – this book is also super informative and helpful. Crammed full of advice from selling your wares online to how to take photos and market your products to branding, blogging and building community. Also filled with snippets of ‘true stories’ from real life bloggers and creative types – this book is a must have.