After my ‘Year of Planning‘ post I decided to head to my local library and take out some books to learn about the business half of freelancing. I came across this;
The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic Design or Communications Business.
I’m 160 pages in and so far I’ve found it pretty useful with valuable information regarding pricing and preparing for the start-up of the business. The only downside I have found to this book so far is that is the information on the taxes is all based on the US rather than the UK. A lot of it is common sense but it’s nice to see it written down so that nothing gets forgotten.
It feels so strange to be reading an educational book rather than a novel, it feels like I’m back at school and me being the nerd that I am; love it!
I also picked up a book from the Sunday Times Business Enterprise Series; Starting a Business From Home; Choosing a Business, Getting Online, Reaching Your Market and Making a Profit. This will be my next read as I think it’s important to have a broad understanding of the subject. As well as books, friends on twitter recommended a few websites for me to look at. One that I’ve found most interesting/helpful is http://www.businesslink.gov.uk, if you are researching starting a business I suggest you go there now! Though being a bookworm personally I prefer reading the books rather than clicking the links.
If anyone has ANY suggestions on books/websites I should look at please leave a comment. I will greatly appreciate any help/advice.