19 books every creative entrepreneur should read this year

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These must-reads will inspire, inform, and amplify the most important attributes of creative business owners.

First-time entrepreneurs face many of the same learning curves--mastering time management and productivity, learning the secrets of sales and marketing, building a brand, attracting and retaining a high-quality team, and handling the stress and emotional fluctuations that come with facing failure and taking your future onto your shoulders.

But creative entrepreneurs face an additional challenge: As they shift their passion into their full-time focus, they must also learn how to wrangle their muse to make sure she's showing up to work every day too.

That journey will undoubtedly involve lots of learning--often through online courses, informative podcasts, mastermind groups, or a network of supportive family, friends, and fellow entrepreneurs. Here are 19 books that will help in your journey to successful expression as a creative entrepreneur.

Creative Inspiration From the Greats

Whenever you're in need of advice, these creative masters will bring you back to your peak creativity.

Keeping Your Creative Juices Flowing

When ideas are your business, you're bound to be frustrated by a creative block. These books offer tips, tricks, and exercises for avoiding obstacles and keeping you at the top of your creative game.

Identifying the Truly Great Ideas

Not every idea is a winning idea, but how do you know which ones are worth pursuing full force? These reads will help you identify which of your ideas will rise to the top.

Talking the Talk

All entrepreneurs have to articulate their ideas and vision, but that need is amplified for creative entrepreneurs. Learn the industry lingo and captivate every audience with these reads.

Marketing Your Ideas Online

What good are ideas if you can't share them with anyone? These reads will get you up to speed on how to reach a digital audience, build a brand, and optimize your reach with available digital tools.

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19 books every creative entrepreneur should read this year

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, $12.22

How Not to be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg, $7.88

The Vital Question by Nick Lane, $18.91

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Noah Yuval Harari, $18.51

The Power to Compete by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani, $22.18


It's quite a queue, but these reads are sure to take your creative business to the next level. Got more suggested books? Sound off below and share your recommended reads for creative entrepreneurs.

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