Have you slipped out of your creative business groove? Lost your crafting mojo? Stumbled at a handmade hurdle? Fret not. Take five, grap a cup of something warm and comforting and poke your nose into our top 10 books to get you back on track. You cannot fail to be inspired, motivated and empowered by at least one of these terrific titles. (Click on the book cover images to buy the books now!)
Learn how to make time for your creativity each and every day – especially important if you are getting bogged down in the business and are losing sight of the reasons you began in the first place. Discover strategies for setting your intentions, overcoming resistance, tracking your progress, getting unstuck and moving beyond your comfort zone. A thoroughly rewarding read, made all the more adorable by Marissa Anne’s super-cute style!
Sit back and allow yourself to encounter a variety of writers, artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, each with a unique approach to making an impact in the world. Packed with beautiful imagery and inspiring texts, this book will encourage you to give your work more meaning and beauty and think about the impact it has on others. Forget the cash for a moment and look at the bigger picture – getting some perspective is a beautiful thing.
Packed with stories of people who have successfully started and grown their own creative business, whether artisan or tailor, writer or baker, this book will inspire and show you how to increase your sales, promote your brand, manage your finances, and profit from doing what you love. What’s not to like?
Last month we blogged some of Crafty Superstar’s fabulous advice on working out your motivations and expectations when starting your creative business. If you enjoyed that, you’ll just love the full book, which includes more than 40 worksheets, templates, forms and checklists to align your thought-processes and get you on the road to success.
In these pages filled with inspiring artwork, renowned rubber-stamp and polymer-clay artist Sandra McCall teaches you everything you need to know about successfully marketing and selling your work, and shares personal insights from some of the industry’s top crafters.
Produced in partnership with Country Living Magazine, this book, written in plain English by small business guru Emma Jones, takes you step-by-step through the business process, and is packed with case studies and tips from people who have successfully made the leap from hobby to business.
This book not only takes you through all the essentials of starting and running a creative business in no-nonsense plain English, but also has quirky craft activities to complete along the way making it really stand out from the crowd.
Business editor of craft&design magazine Pete Mosley offers his expert advice on how to profit from your passion – particularly interesting is learning how to address your own creative mindset and use your own thinking to increase your chances of success.
One of the best-selling books on the subject – if you don’t already have it, get it! Not only does Chapin guide you through pricing and online sales, she also gives you the tools you need to sell at craft fairs and to bricks and mortar stores. A lovely package with charming illustrations.
Building on the hugely successful Craft, Inc. in this book Ilasco presents a useful selection of advice and practical worksheets to help you make your hobby a thriving business. Intended to be used on-to-go, the package includes pockets for storing business cards and a tear-off notepad to collect your thoughts – a little gimmicky, but we like it!
Are your favourite creative business books missing from this list? Let us know what you’ve been reading on this subject in the comments below, or add your comments and reviews of our choices!