Question: Good Business Books?

March 7, 2013 | Miscellaneous

Back when I answered this question on my favourite iPhone cases, I had another question from Chick Tyler, asking if I could recommend any good business books.

I only own two books so far about creative business, but just went hunting around the web and have found a whole bunch that sound really interesting!

There are some on turning your creative hobby into a business, one on blogging, one on graphic design (and pricing etc), and lastly – one that features Australian artists and creators. As an Aussie I was particularly excited to find this last one, because I find that a lot of other great creative business books (while still very helpful and inspiring) tend to feature a lot of information specifically aimed at an American market (such as taxes, laws, resources etc). So to find one that talks to Australian women totally made my day… and I’m off to download my copy of it now! :)

1. Creative Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco
2. Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco
3. The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
4. Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin
5. Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
6. Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Graphic Artist’s Guild
7. Conversations with Creative Women (available only as e-book download) by Tess McCabe

The two I own are Craft Inc. and The Handmade Marketplace, and I find both full of information, inspiration, and are very easy to read. Even though I don’t own any of the others (yet) and can’t say whether they’ll be suitable to all of you, I thought they were definitely worth a look if you’re interested.

If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for the question Chick Tyler :)


  1. Ooo I hope Conversations with Great Women can be downloaded for a Nook…that sounds interesting!!

  2. All these books seems interesting… Hard to make a choice…
    Thanks for the list !

  3. Ellen E

    I just bought “I Just Like to Make Things” by design agent Lilla Rogers. I haven’t had a chance to read the whole things, but it’s been informative (and fun!) so far!

  4. I’ve been thinking about getting The Handmade Marketplace for a while, I think I will – thanks for this post! I’m also excited that there is a book for Aussies, off to check it out now!

  5. Just ordered a couple of these..thank you so much for the suggestions! I’ve been struggling with what to do with getting my own artwork into the marketplace, so I’m excited for expert advice. Thanks!

  6. Great to find your blog via Pinterest. I love these book suggestions and have about three or four of these on my shelves!! #7 is one I hadn’t heard of though, so I’ll have to have a look at that too.
    Another great business book for creative biz owners is The Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee. It’s a fun & creative way to approach planning your business!

  7. I own a few of these books and they have been really resourceful. I’m always looking for new books to read related to creative business. The #7, Conversations with creative women, looks interesting. Thank you so much for sharing!