To succeed as a freelance artist you have to keep growing, and to do this you have to keep learning. The best way is by reading books. Here are my top 6 choices of books that will help you succeed as a freelance artist.

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1. “Rich dad poor dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

An international bestseller, the most famous book in the world about finances. Teaches you how to work smart, not hard, how to think about your finances and how to achieve financial freedom. As your art is your business and you have to deal with money, it’s the best book to start your financial education and turn your mindset from a traditional model to the business one.

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2. So good they can’t ignore you by Cal Newport

How do some people do it that they do what they love and become extraordinary in it? Is it because they follow their passion or passion appears when they become good at something? Cal Newport comments on the famous Steve Job’s Stanford University commencement speech and then presents case study evidence that the key to one’s career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your ‘career capital,’ and then to put all of your efforts into that direction. If you have any doubts about where your career should head to, make sure to read this book.

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3. Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact (99U)

A must-read for everybody who wants to succeed as a freelance artist. A clear guide to creating and organizing your art business like a pro. It was written by experts from a well-known site

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4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

The author analyzed the most successful companies in the USA in various sectors and compared their results with those of their opponents asking a question: why some companies achieve stellar results and others don’t? A very interesting book explaining the mechanisms and essential parts of a successful business. The things described in this book can be used in any business, also the artistic one. It’s a must-read, especially for those, who expect great results from the start.

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5. Fast-track Artist by Aleksandra Di Gesaro

A book describing the process of turning your art into a full-time job: how to, find clients earn money as soon as possible and succeed as a freelance artist. Full of useful tips and real-life examples with a bonus action plan to help you plan and implement everything you learn.

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6. This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin

An amazing book by the guru of marketing. As your art is your business, you have to learn how to promote it. The traditional ways don’t work anymore and Seth Godin explains how to use modern marketing techniques to get raving fans and loyal customers.

Do you have any other suggestions for other books that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments which other must-reads helped you to succeed as a freelance artist.