4 books for creative business owners

4 creative business books | dotted design One of the ways I make sure to take breaks from client work is to keep a steady list of books to read. I try to keep a few light reads, a few business books, and a few creativity reads. With May quickly coming to its end, I'm starting to feel that mid-year urge to do some business planning and evaluation. I'm always looking for practical as well as unconventional inspiration and advice!

A few books on my list currently (a few I've read, a few I plan to read):

Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley: I keep seeing this one pop up on must-read lists, and I'm totally intrigued. I love that it is focused on the creativity in everyone rather than just "creative types," since that I something I believe as well, and that it is all about problem solving. Bring it on!

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp: I loved this book. Tharp is a renowned dancer/choreographer who tells her story of staying inspired and the importance of developing routines. Great for anyone who feels like they get into creative ruts in art or business!

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk: I've heard this title mentioned in multiple podcasts, so now I'm just curious. This book focuses on the daunting task that is social media, and how one can have their story cut through the noise and reach their audience. We'll see!

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei: This book is actually a collection of advice from 20 people about cutting out busywork and doing the work. Gotta love picking the brains of an entire group!

What have you read lately that really spoke to you? I'd love to add to my to-read list!


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bookLaura Huebner