10 inspiring books for creative business owners

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I was full of good intentions of starting off the new year in maximum productivity mode, but the truth is I've been finding it a little difficult to get going this January. It's not that I'm lacking in ideas - my head is brimming with thoughts at the moment, but I'm really struggling to harness them all and put my plans into action.

So the other day I mentioned on Instagram that I'd love to discover some inspiring and motivational books on creativity, business and blogging to kickstart the new year. And my goodness, you certainly delivered some great recommendations. From books that will hopefully help me to take my photography in a new direction this year to advice from inspiring women entrepreneurs, I now have enough material to keep me going until June at least! 

Lots of people commented that they found the suggestions really useful, so I've rounded up some of them below.




Do Story - How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens by Bobette Buster

I'm kicking off with this one as it's the book that's on my bedside table at the moment. As a blogger it's easy to fall into the trap of obsessing over your social media stats or worrying that your content isn't as good as someone else's (and hands up, I am totally guilty of this). Sometimes we forget that people just want to connect with us and hear the real story behind why we do what we do. This great little book aims to help you identify the essence of your story so that you can connect with your readers in a more direct and authentic way. It includes 10 simple but brilliant principles of storytelling that will really help if you're currently going through a blogger's block or struggling with a bit of a creative hiatus.


In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki

The Haarkon feed is one of the first I turn to on Instagram every morning. I love India and Magnus's photography, the way they capture light and just how they view the world in general, so when they recommend a book on Japanese art, interiors and aesthetics it's one I'm definitely going to read

(recommended by @haarkon)


Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

This irresistibly titled book from the author of The Jealous Curator blog looks at 10 truths creatives need to face in order to defeat self doubt.

(recommended by @hayleyjanewarnes)


The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer

One of the things I want to work on this year is improving my photography. Recommended by my photographer friend Fiona this book looks at the history of photography and how great photographs change the way we see the world.

(recommended by @fionamphoto)



Books on Business & psychology


In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Design Sponge was one of the first interiors blogs I ever followed way back when. I also loved the series of podcasts Grace did a little while ago so I'm really excited to tuck into her latest book which profiles 100 entrepreneurial and creative women with inspiration and advice for those looking to forge their own path.

(recommended by @hayleyjanewarnes)


Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

Tips, tactics and life lessons from some of the guests Tim has interviewed for his popular podcast The Tim Ferris Show.

(recommended by @dorisleestudio and @albertandwallace)


The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries

I'm going to be helping Graham to launch his new business later this year, so I'll be turning to this one for insights on testing your vision, learning what your customers want, and building and launching your product.

(recommended by @sarahakwisombe)


The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Recommended reading for anyone interested in how social media is changing the relationship between businesses and their customers.

(recommended by @sarahakwisombe)


Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

We all want to be able to find a way to produce our best work, so I'm interested to read Ryan Holiday's thoughts on why and how we need to address our ego in order to achieve this.

(recommended by @sarahakwisombe)


The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell's bestseller explores social epidemics and how certain ideas, trends and behaviours reach a tipping point and spread like wildfire, with insights that change the way people think about selling products and disseminating ideas. It's a few years old now and I've actually been meaning to read this for a while but after a couple of people recommended it to me this week I'm going to bump this one up to the top of the list.

(recommended by @mat_buckets and @sarahakwisombe)



Are there any others I should add to the list? Feel free to leave your suggestions below.

Huge thanks to my lovely Instagram friends for recommending the titles above and to everyone else who left suggestions. Go check out their Instagram accounts if you don't already follow them.


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10 inspiring books for creative business owners

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