These books for the creative entrepreneur are not about becoming a millionaire, or having a massive empire. They are for anyone with a creative right brain (who, like most of us fellow creatives) are not very good in the world’s ‘left-brain department!’
The downside of being creative is that often things like business plans, shopping lists, budgeting (and especially marketing – hellfire!) seem foreign and unreal to those in the left-brain world, who know how to do all that. However these people may be good at ‘doing the books’, but often don’t have the vision to make a difference in ways we need – because they don’t have any right brain! So here are books to balance the two.
- The Right-Brain Business Plan is a beautifully illustrated guide on recycled paper by entrepreneur Jennifer Lee, who gave up a corporate career to help others build sustainable businesses. If you feel you are too creative to build a business plan, use these illustrated worksheets to help guide you to develop a financial plan with fun and flair, clarify goals, paint a picture of your business landscape and map out action steps.
- Building Your Business the Right-Plan Way is Jennifer’s follow-up book, to help develop your creative small business further. Combining solid business expertise with a creative perspective and innovation, this fresh empowering approach to success for long-term results will help you. Build your brand, develop new income streams, promote your business (with authenticity) and carve out space to pause and reflect.
- Find Your Creative Voice is a book to help you ignore MPs who tell you to give up ballet and take up cyber jobs, and make the most of your right-brained creative self. Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon brings her expertise to this guide, to help you rediscover your artistic self. With advice from herself and many established artists, illustrators and creatives, this unique book shows readers how to identify and nurture their own identity, navigate the influence of artists they admire, push through insecurity, and appreciate the value of their journey.
- Make It Happen is a book to help transform your dreams into reality. This book for creative entrepreneurs is just what you need, to help you make your creative vision in your head, become a business. Often people with good right-brains don’t have very good left-brains, so you may need a bit of help. The author shares case studies and hot tips from creative courageous entrepreneurs who overcame fear and resistance, to make their business dreams come true.