Today I’m sharing with you some of the resources that have helped me on my journey to successfully running multiple small businesses.✨ Many of them are books, but I’ve also included websites / blogs and podcasts (at least a place to start).
I mentioned sharing these with you in my earlier post on 3 things to invest in when starting a creative business. Education is definitely one of those investments. And again, I’m not talking about dropping $40+ grand on college courses. Pick up a book or take an online course.
All of my business knowledge comes from the following resources (oh and trial and error but that’s a whole nother blog post) and I’m constantly adding to this list.
Please keep in mind, most of these resources are focused around jobs within the creative industry. However, there are a lot of tidbits that can be applied to everyday life – no matter your profession. Wondering if a resource is right for you? Feel free to ask me in the comments below, I’d be happy to help! Because I definitely don’t want to spend $20 on a book I may end up hating…
My favorite resources are books. The thing I love about books? I can take them with me! Yup, I’m working from the beach today. I’m reading a book AND bettering my skills as a business owner, all while sipping a piña colada 🍹 and getting my tan on. Discloser: Sadly, I’m not actually working from the beach today. But if I were, that is what I would be saying and doing.
Here’s a list of helpful books to kickstart your business and leave you inspired.
- Creative Truth: Start & Build a Profitable Design Business
- Make Your Mark
- Manage Your Day to Day
- Maximize Your Potential
- Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business
- A Book Apart Series
Any / all of these. Mainly for people who make websites.
- How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
- Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising and Marketing
Websites / Blogs / Online Courses
I’ll be honest, I don’t spend a ton of time scouring the internets for blogs. I have a select few that I really enjoy and find the most helpful – and that’s all I really need. There are so many websites and even more blogs out there. Just do a little research and find the ones you like best.
I typically judge a blog by its cover. If the content isn’t displayed in a visually pleasing manner, 9 times out of 10 I’m not going to bother reading it. Just sayin’.
Also! Don’t get overwhelmed by subscribing to all of the email lists – I know, I love all the weekly freebies tooooo. It’s like Youtube with cat videos I swear. You can’t just watch one. But don’t do it to yourself or your inbox. Eventually you’ll just unsubscribe anyway.
Helpful websites or blogs that you should bookmark today.
- Creative Class
Do the free email lesson for sure!
- Invision Blog
- Shopify Blog
I don’t personally use Shopify but their blog has some great eCommerce related tips.
- HubSpot Blog
Thanks to my HUBby for this one.
I just recently hopped on the Podcast train and have been too busy listening to Serial, Undisclosed, Truth & Justice and Actual Innocence to listen to much else. They are focused around telling the stories of the wrongfully convicted and then trying to solve the cases. I love it. I totally feel like a part of the whole movement by avidly listening each week. If you need something to listen to (for leisure and because you want to feel like a criminal investigator) I highly recommend all of those.
Anyway… I do have one business related Podcast I enjoy.
If you are looking for more I suggest checking out my girl Melissa Yeager’s post on 8 Inspiring Podcasts for the Aspiring Entrepreneur. And subscribe to her weekly newsletter while you’re there.
Happy Monday friends, let’s make this week awesome!