Every now and then, you read something and immediately want to share it with all of your friends, everyone you work with and also your Mum. This was one of those books.
Otegha Uwagba’s ‘Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women’ is exactly what it says it is: ‘a modern career guide every creative woman needs’. Uwagba is the founder of Women Who, a platform for creative women that offers advice, support and inspiration, and this book does just the same.
The book has chapters on productivity, building your brand, public speaking, money management, networking and looking after yourself- vitals for young creatives and freelancers- as well as a Q&A with kick ass quotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Piera Gelardi, Penny Martin, Zing Tsjeng and Nellie Eden.
Every chapter starts with a quote from an inspirational woman, from Nicki Minaj to Simone de Beauvoir, and the book ends with a list of things to read and places to inspire.
I’ve spoken before about what it’s like to be young and starting out in a fairly creative industry. While I’m lucky to work in a stable environment (I thought about freelancing for approximately 6 minutes and had a panic attack last week), I am desperate to get my sh*t together and start writing again, not just for myself but for other people too.
The creative industries are scary. When I tell my Nan about what I’ve got up to at work, I’m normally met with a blank face, though that might have something to do with my standard blasé “I did a tweet”.
Anyone can be a creator, but knowing where to start and how to do it is a whole other thing, and despite feeling the least motivated I’ve ever felt lately, reading this book got me thinking and planning.
If you are young, a woman, a creative, a blogger, a freelancer, you need this book. If I haven’t sold it to you yet, it’s £4 right now, pocket-sized and pink.
Let me know if you have any other recommendations, or if you’ve read the Little Black Book and have any thoughts!