creative inc. blog tour + giveaway

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
Oh Happy Day
SFGirl By Bay
Mint Design
Wit + Delight
Cathy of California
Book By Its Cover
Not Martha
Upper Case
Kris Atomic
Grain Edit

* Winner has been notified. Thanks for all the entries!


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. What a great resource! And an important time for young creative entrepreneurs trying to make it in this tough economy.

  4. 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!

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Love to learn from fellow artists, encouraging to know that this can happen for me too – just need some insider tips! x

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. i really want this book! i have some many questions about going freelance and turning your passion into your job! i

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 🙂

  16. 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…

  17. 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 🙂

  18. i actually recently wrote this book on my ‘must purchase asap’ list!!
    to win this would be amazing!!
    aaaaand, ps, i LOVE your blog 🙂

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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