I am excited to be part of the Creative Inc. blog tour! This book (written by the lovely Joy + Meg) is such a great resource. A lot of you know that I dove headfirst into self-employment just a few years after college when I started a flower business at 24, and I currently work freelance. So, I was really excited when I heard about this new book.
I wish I'd had Creative Inc. earlier. It's like the co-worker in the cubicle next door that you always pop over to for advice but as an entrepreneur, don't have any longer. From putting together a portfolio, to calculating what you should charge, to working through creative blocks, Creative Inc, is an accessible and simple guide to making self-employment work. After reading through the book last night, I am already feeling re-charged and inspired to tackle some of the challenges I am facing with my evolving business.
My favorite part of the book was reading the profiles. Learning that one of my favorite photographers is entirely self-taught in everything from graphic design to styling to photography and that he started out as a bagger at Whole Foods was completely inspiring and humbling to read. I love a good entrepreneurial story!
I know a lot of you are self-employed or are looking to make a change so leave a comment before September 3rd and Chronicle books will send one lucky person a copy of this book! Or, you can buy it here. Good luck!
P.S. Follow the Creative Inc. blog tour here:
8/23 Poppy Talk
8/24 Oh Happy Day
8/25 SFGirl By Bay
8/26 Mint Design
8/27 Wit + Delight
8/28 Cathy of California
8/29 Book By Its Cover
8/30 Not Martha
9/01 Upper Case
9/04 Kris Atomic
9/05 Grain Edit
* Winner has been notified. Thanks for all the entries!
I’ve been freelance for years and used to pride myself on scraping by with small jobs so I could have “me” time. Now I have two kids and need to step it up a bit. I would love a copy of this book.
Sounds like a good read! I must grab a copy!
this is just the kick in the pants i need
would love to read this one! i used meg’s first book when i first began my company
I have been trying to figure out how to leave the 9-5 to do something I really want full-time. This is exactly what I need to get myself better organized with a business plan. Looks good!
the book sounds so interesting! definitely would want a copy =)
What a great resource! And an important time for young creative entrepreneurs trying to make it in this tough economy.
I can’t wait to get my hands on it! My goal is to be self employed soon. Thanks Chelsea!
A must-read, I think!
I’m in the early stages of starting a home business. I’m sure I could learn a lot from this book!
Yes! I want this book. I’m back working in corporate life (just on a contract basis…but back nonetheless) after a summer of full-time freelance. I definitely can use some advice for my next go-round!
Congratulations to Meg and Joy!
Yes please! It sounds great.
Oh I would love this!
Sounds like a great resource, Chelsea! Thanks for sharing!
this book does sound interesting 🙂 their stop motion promo vid was also too cute!
This book sounds so inspiring =) I can use a book like this as I ponder possible life changes in the future. THanks for the chance!
oh this is a book i think i would definitely benefit from!
Oh this would be a great win, I freelance!
I would love to read this! Sign me up!
I dont just want this , I neeeeeed this!
love your blog.
I desperately want this book! I have Craft Inc and it was an amazing help as I established by Etsy biz. Now I’m trying to work through the details of establishing my interior design biz and could use some tips! 🙂
would love to win! thanks!
I’ve heard so many great things about this book!
This would be so fantastic to have!
Your timing is perfect.
My husband is in the middle of transitioning out of his “day job” to building a photograghy business. Your description of this book sounds perfect for him(ie: putting together a portfolio, to calculating what you should charge, to working through creative blocks) and the profile of the photographer who is self taught – truly perfect!
Yay! Another chance to win this book! I really want it!
i’ve been following the blog tour of this book and it sounds amazing. i cannot wait to soak up every bit of advice and inspiration! thank you so much for this opportunity.
oh, i gotta have a copy of this book!
I’m trying to get my freelance business off the ground while working a full-time job. This book would be so beneficial to me.
I hope I win! I would love to have this book!
Thanks for the giveaway…I need good advice like this, for sure!
Just started doing freelance stuff this past year and could really use some pointers!
Love to learn from fellow artists, encouraging to know that this can happen for me too – just need some insider tips! x
I am dying to get my hands on this!! I love Oh Joy!
This would be a huge help. I’m soon relaunching me art biz!
Please, please, please, let me win this book!!!
how fun! thanks for the chance to win.
sounds like an amazing resource. I hope I win!
here’s to hoping I win!
i’m currently learning graphic design and photography on my own time while working full-time at restaurant to fulfill my dreams – even with a bachelor’s degree in marketing since 2007 – one day i hope to own my own business doing design and photography and be a known name in the creative community 🙂
please let me win! 🙂
it’s great to see you included with such fine company .. you’re a great inspiration, chelsea. the book looks terrific, i have the first one and refer to it often.
This looks like a great addition to Meg’s other books. Thanks for sharing!
I’m really looking forward to reading this book – would love to win a copy!
It looks great – and I definitely need this book!
I’m an Ivy leaguer who just wants to live my love of photography and all things creative. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book! Thanks to you and Joy and Meg for spreading this spirit!
Thanks for the giveaway! I am wicked excited about this book.
I’ve been looking forward to this book!
I would love this for myself, but even more so for my illustrator roommate.
Cute blog, this is the first time I’ve come across it! Adding it to my list. 🙂 And p.s. can’t wait for the book!!
I have Craft, Inc. and I am so excited about this book. Thanks!
Awesome! Sounds like it should be next of to read’ list
i would love to own this. i’m just starting up my own design business and it could be just the tool i need!
Thanks for the giveaway! I’m excited to own a copy and get inspired!
I would love to win this book. I think it would be the kick in the ass I need to get my company going (for real) fingers crossed.
I put this book on my birthday wish list. Please make my wish come true! I love what you said about how it’s like the co-worker in the cubicle next door that you always pop over to for advice!
I would love to get this. I just moved this summer and am starting over (after being a staff photographer) as a freelance photographer. Our house still hasn’t sold and now we are on one income and paying one mortgage and one expensive apartment payment each month. That’s why I need to win this, I’m sure it will come in handy.
would love love to win this book… I’ve been self employed for awhile now but could definately use some extra help and advice… it can be tricky at times!
Sounds like a great book!
i really want this book! i have some many questions about going freelance and turning your passion into your job! i
I’m in a fuzzy transition period post-grad school, trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. This will be a big help.
Oh wow, I’d love to win this, as I just started a vintage shop on etsy, and I’ve been working to turn blogging/etc into something beyond recreation.
Ooh! I really want to read this book. Great review, Chelsea! I am always in need of great advice and I’m always learning as I go… I’m trying to be a better businesswoman… perhaps this is the boost I need. 🙂
I’m a big fan of Joy for a long time and I admire the way she works…
I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from this book.
Oh Chelsea, I’m sending a big hello from Israel.
I love your blog!
You are more than welcome to visit my DesignBreak Blog
Were you’ll find all you want about Israeli design
Isn’t it time for a great Dane to win this book? ;o) I would love to read this book.
This book looks totally brilliant! I would be thrilled to win it!
This would be so helpful in getting me started! Thanks!
I can’t wait to read this!
This book sounds amazing! I loved their stop-motion video. I can’t wait to get a copy.
I would love to escape the corporate world! It’s squashing my creativity! 🙂
Oh Wow, thanks for posting that. Just the thing I am looking for. Have been seeking the right guides, in the forms of both great people and great books. Recommendations from another creative are greatly valued…
ooh! I’d love to have this book. What a great resource!
I work in the legal system (snore). But my love for flowers and photography has been growing in leaps and bounds in the past year. I’m dying to learn all I can and maybe one day be able to support myself doing something creative that I am passionate about. What a great giveaway 🙂
This looks like a great read!
i actually recently wrote this book on my ‘must purchase asap’ list!!
to win this would be amazing!!
aaaaand, ps, i LOVE your blog 🙂
i dream of the freelance days! this book would be so great for me! 🙂
thanks so much for being on the blog tour!
I have the first book and would love this one as well!
Fantastic! Thank you!
Could really use this now. Thanks!
Just starting to venture out into the world of self employment…need this! 🙂
I just moved and am getting my business up and running to freelance. (photography) I would love to win this as funds are very tight…the economy still hasn’t turned over and my house has not sold. I would so appreciate this gift.
This would be very useful right now!
I am a florist/wedding designer who was self taught. Went to college to be a medical assistant, but always had it in my heart to work with flowers. Have made each of my daughters and daughter in laws wedding bouquets and decor. Would love to have this book!
Would love to win this!!
This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!
i hope it isn’t too late for a chance to win this book!