5 Books to help grow your digital business

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There’s no denying it. Being a Digital Influencer can be a very profitable business and a great chance for creatives like yourself to make a living from their art. Want to be the #girlboss / #bossboy of Instagram? We’ve collated a list of the Top 5 books to read to strengthen your own personal brand and flourish in your Insta-business.

1) The Art of Social Media : Power Tips for Power Users

Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick

“Great Stuff, No Fluff” (Guy Kawasaki).

Whether you’re new to the Social Media business or have been working on your profile for years, this is a great book to take your own personal brand to the next level. A step-by-step guide to building a sturdy foundation, strengthening your profile, attracting more followers and effectively integrating social media and blogging. Don’t miss out on learning over 100 tips and tricks of the trade!

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2) Outliers: the story of success

Malcolm Gladwell

“Achievement is talent plus preparation” (Malcolm Gladwell).

Ever wondered what it takes to be successful? From Bill Gates to the Beatles, the book examines the lives of the “outliers” of the world, looking at their family, birthplace, culture and even their birthdate. Malcolm Gladwell reveals that the secret is in looking at where they came from, not what they are like now. Intriguing, entertaining and inspiring this book is a must read for ambitious entrepreneurs and creatives alike.

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3) #Girlboss

Sophia Amoruso

“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.” (Sophia Amoruso)

“Fortune favours the bold who get shit done”: brilliantly blunt, motivational and inspirational, #Girlboss empowers women to trust their guts, seize business by the balls and reach their potential. Sophia Amoruso went from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Winner of 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book, #Girlboss shares the behind-the-scenes tips and tricks behind leading a successful creative business. Want to be a #Girlboss? This is a bookshelf must.

4) The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5

Taylor Pearson

“Entrepreneurship is connecting, creating, and inventing systems—be they businesses, people, ideas, or processes. A job is the act of following the operating system someone else created” (Taylor Pearson).

Digital Entrepreneurs, listen up! We have some great news. The traditional 9-5, hard work/earn less life plan of the middle class is going down the drain and you are one of the savvy few already on your way to success. Whether you’re a student, a corporate employee, a newly born entrepreneur or a more established one, this book will reinforce your decision to think outside of the traditional box. It’s jam packed with 49 tools to save you hundreds of hours when launching and growing your business, recorded interviews with 10 Entrepreneurs explaining how they launched their own successful businesses, and a 90 Day plan to turn the book into active steps.

5) Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Jonah Berger

“Marketing is about spreading the love […] When we care, we share” (Jonah Berger).

It’s pretty clear by now that Social Influencer marketing is more effective than traditional advertising. People choose to follow Influencers because they believe in their passion and expertise; they are seen to be 13% more credible and trustworthy than the average Instagram user. The question is, how? Jonah Berger unravels the mystery of what makes digital content go viral with entertaining examples of viral campaigns. A great read for Influencers who are interested in the psychology behind successful Influencer marketing.

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