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Book Review: Being Boss

I had this written out and my computer seemed to have lost it, which is so frustrating but here we are, again. But also I guess I deserved it, I didn’t save it properly.

One of the things I always, alllllwaaays stress is to back up your words or at least implement autosave, I have no idea why mine didn’t do it, but whatever. Clearly it just meant that I had to write it again.

I don’t know about you, but I love listening to podcasts and one of the podcasts I really love is Being Boss with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson. It’s full of so many great tips and tricks about being a creative entrepreneur. They’re also hilarious. I’ve been listening to their podcast on and off for years and really loving every product they bring out.

I’m a bit slow on the intake with their novel, mostly because I had a bit of a drought with listening to them, but I managed to get it and I read through it so easily. A lot of the pointers are things that I’ve already heard through the podcast, but I think it’s really cool to be able to have a bible that I can pick up when I’m stuck.

Being Boss: Take control of your work & live life on your own terms is all about how to grow a biz as a creative and how to navigate through all of the scary things. I really loved how accessible and simply beautiful this book is. Kathleen and Emily really thought about everything that they wanted it and brought it to life, the purple and blue is true to their colouring too which makes it stand out on the shelves.

All of their tips and tricks in there are so helpful. I particularly love the chapter on boundaries, because they use a really great metaphor that really digs in deep. I mean what better way than to look at everything in your life as a garden and dissecting it into plots about where your time goes and keeping those boundaries in place, you wouldn’t want to have weeds in your plots, would you?

The book also goes through what it means to be boss with great tips about mindset, habits and routines, doing the work, and living your life. It’s really a book that I believe every creative needs to get their hands on because it’ll help them navigate biz and doing what they love, because isn’t that why we all do what we want? We want to be able to monetise what we love and get paid to do it well without having to slave around to get it done.

I’d definitely get my hands on it if you can. It’s worth the read.

If you’ve read it, what did you take away from it? Let me know in the comments below.

Mandi is a writer, reader, dreamer and is breaking procrastinating inner editors, one at a time.

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