My 5 Favourite Books as a Freelancing Graphic Designer

By Miri Miller    |    Nov 7, 23

Even if you’re not planning on selling a business, this book is written with a friendly storyline of how to set up your business so that it is profitable and can run without you being on top of every detail. I’ve read this book about 3 times (and counting!) and implemented so many practical tips!

Built To Sell

Even if you’re not planning on selling a business, this book is written with a friendly storyline of how to set up your business so that it is profitable and can run without you being on top of every detail. I’ve read this book about 3 times (and counting!) and implemented so many practical tips!

Exactly What To Say

Another keeper!

This incredible book has so much value packed into so few pages. I read the entire book in one sitting (it has about 150 pages) and for a while I used to carry it wherever I went. Literally.

Like the title says, this book tells you exactly what to say for influence and impact. I use phrases in my emails, sales calls and regular conversations.

If you’re starting with only one book, choose this one!

Work For Money, Design For Love

This book is super useful for designers who are going freelance – or if you’ve been freelancing for a few years.

Some of the chapters in this book are on client red flags, setting up your website, contracts and proposals, how to find new clients…

I’ve taken so many practical pointers and tips from this one and it has a prominent place on my shelf.

It’s a mentor in a book.

The Brand Gap

If you want your designs to have strategic input, this book can help you with that. It doesn’t replace a course on brand strategy, but it will help you bridge that gap from pretty designs to branding that has strategy behind it.

This book is less about practical tips and more about theory. A must for a designer who is freelancing and doesn’t have a team of thinkers and critiques behind them!

Contagious

Last one for this article!

Contagious isn’t about design.

It’s about understanding why some concepts and ideas go viral and why some fall flat.

There are no design courses that teach this. But it’s so important if you’re branding/naming/concepting for a business!

Work For Money, Design For Love

Even if you’re not planning on selling a business, this book is written with a friendly storyline of how to set up your business so that it is profitable and can run without you being on top of every detail. I’ve read this book about 3 times (and counting!) and implemented so many practical tips!

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