As a creative, and whether that’s blogging, photography, content creation, social media, etc., you should ALWAYS be reading and doing research. Things change, new information arise and you want to always be in the know of what’s going on. And if you are anything like me, you have a bit of creatives block every once in a while, and you can’t think of content to come up with for your brand and reading something can help you get back into that creative mindset we know you have. I’ve gather a list of books that I think you should read that will help you in all areas of being a creative.
Manage Your Day-to-Day will equip you with pragmatic insights for using your time wisely and making your best work. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amidst chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters. If you’re like me, you want to be productive, but you struggle by the end of the day and haven’t completed anything that you had your mind set to complete. This is the book for you to accomplish what you need to.
30-Minute Social Media Marketing provides 22 short chapters packed with real-world examples, templates, sample marketing procedures, and screen shots taking you step-by-step through the essentials. I literally learned so much from reading this book from 5 of the most common goals of social media marketing and the 4 pillars of social media marketing. If social media marketing is a place that you lack in, please grab this book.
Blogging for Creatives is the first approachable, non-techie guide to the blogosphere, complete with hundreds of tips, tricks and motivational stories from artistic bloggers who have started from scratch. It covers everything creatives need to know about how to design a beautiful, interesting blog that people will want to return to again and again–such as how to design, publish and host a blog, as well as keeping it fresh, staying motivated and forging connections with others in the field. For anyone who wants to get into blogging, but don’t know where to start, this is the book for you. It wasn’t hard to read either!
Entirely focused on improving your pictures, Complete Photography is packed with the work of inspirational professionals and the expertise of Chris Gatum, one of the world’s best-selling photographer-authors. As someone who wants to get into photography, I’ve learned SO much from this book.
Through stories of young entrepreneurs who have started businesses, this book illustrates how to turn hobbies, skills, and interests into profit-making ventures. Mariotti describes the characteristics of the successful entrepreneur and covers the nuts and bolts of getting a business up, running and successful. As a creative, you want to eventually turn what you’re good at into money. This is a GREAT guide for millennials to read and get started on your journey to entrepreneurship.