Entrepreneurialism and building a brand is scary business. There are no step-by-step guides, there are no University seminars teaching you how to chase down invoices or negotiate on fees and well, there's nobody to hold your hand when juggling a multitude of things gets a little overwhelming. However, there is a book that will helpfully solve a load of your problems or guide you on how to tackle your workload more efficiently.

Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women is the modern career guide every creative woman needs, whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience. Packed with fresh ideas and no-nonsense practical advice, this travel-sized career handbook is guaranteed to become your go-to resource when it comes to building the career you want. After months of seeing this book all over my Instagram feed, I took the plunge and popped it into my amazon basket and it's definitely helped me massively over the last few months!


One of the most refreshing aspects of the book, and indeed of Otegha herself, is the dedication to exposing the difficulties of starting out on your own. Thanks to social media and popular culture, there's such a glamorisation of the #girlboss culture which hides the real fundamentals of running your own business. It ain't easy - if you don't believe me, I've written a whole post about the reality of being a full time blogger which you can read here

Don't get me wrong, working for myself is an absolute dream and I count myself very lucky but there's so much more to it than what first meets the eye - doing your own taxes, dealing with legal contracts, PR and of course, the endless networking. Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women has all the answers to your career challenges and Otegha Uwagba takes you through everything you need to build a successful self-made career: from how to negotiate a payrise to building a killer personal brand, via a crash course in networking like a pro, and tips for overcoming creative block.

It's an absolute life saver, I couldn't recommend it more!