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 :)

{Freebie} Printable Blog Planner

January 3, 2013 | Design, Freebies

Yes that’s right, it’s time to get organised! :)

I wanted to share with you all a very simple (and obvious) tool that I’ve found absolutely crucial to keeping this blog going.. and that is a blog planner.

When I started Fellow Fellow a year and a half ago, I promised myself that I would post every day. I know it can be really hard to commit to that, especially when you’re just starting out, so to keep myself on track I drew up a basic calendar with lots of blank space so that I could begin to plan my posts a week in advance. It helped me create a schedule to work towards, and kept me motivated… which is necessary sometimes!

So now it’s time to share the love. I’m sure some of you already have a method you like to use, and I’m not saying this is definitely going to work for you, but it’s just something I have found useful and hope you might too! :)

I’ve made this one universal, so all you have to do is print it out, fill in the Month name at the top, and then write in the dates. After that you can begin to fill in the days with post ideas or events you know are coming up, and work hard to have a post ready every day!

You can find both A4 and Letter formats below, each file contains 3 different colours.

Enjoy! And of course, if you have any other tips on how to stay on track with posting, I’d love to hear it! :)