Ah business cards. I haven’t updated mine for quite some time, so when I realised I was going to be needing some later this week, I figured I’d better get on it! Previously I’d just printed them myself, but this time I thought I’d go pro and actually get them professionally printed. So I designed them and handed them off to the printer last week. So excited!!
Unfortunately though, it looks like they won’t be ready until next week, so I’m going to have to stick with self-printed cards for the time being. Not to worry, I think they still turned out ok :)
Once I’d finished them I was looking around my studio wondering what I could put them in to take them with me, and guess what my eyes landed on? Yep.. such a handy little pouch, the cards fit perfectly! :)
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 :)
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my goals and plans for the next year over these past few days. It’s not something that comes easily to me, and it’ll still take me a while to nut it all out… but I’ve been using this business planner and goal-making guide to keep me on track :)