10 Essential Audio Books For Photography Business Owners

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Free Audio books to help creative businesses I find myself on a pretty continuous quest for knowledge, it’s just who I am and how I work.  The problem is that I lead a busy lifestyle, not just with work, but also ‘play’.  Striking a balance is an important part of a healthy lifestyle but I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like to.  Audio books are a great way to solve this problem because I can listen on the plane while I’m traveling, or while I’m out walking the dog or riding my bike.  Audible is the worlds largest provider of digital audio books so it makes sense to take a look at the best resources that they can offer to help photographers.  Now obviously audio books don’t lend themselves to showing images so these books are more aimed at the business side of things.  Realization that you are in fact, (or about to embark on becoming) a self-employed entrepreneur when you are a photographer, is the first step to a successful business.  You’ll have to manage your marketing, communications, accounting and business development on top of your shooting schedule.  That’s a lot of balls to juggle and you really can’t afford to drop any one of them.  This list of audio books is a collection of the best books for creative business owners or simply people who want to make their work stand out from the crowd.  The first two in the list, The War of Art and The 4-Hour Workweek are absolute MUST READS (or must listens!). I know the title of Tim Ferriss’ book is a little bit spammy sounding but trust me and 1.5 million other people that have purchased this book, it will change the way you allocate your time and run your business.


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The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Winning the Inner Creative Battle

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

Book and kindle edition available here.


The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Of course, if you prefer, you can also get the regular book or the kindle edition here as well.


The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Also available as a book or digital kindle edition.


The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What to Do About It

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don't Work and What to Do About It

You can also find Michael’s book in physical form or on Kindle here.


The Referral Engine – John Jantsch

Teaching Your Business to Market Itself

The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself

You can get The Referral Engine as a book or kindle digital edition right here as well.


Rework – Jason Fried , David Heinemeier Hansson

“Ignore this book at your peril” – Seth Godin





Rework is available on Amazon here as well.



The Accidental Creative – Todd Henry

How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

Todd’s great book is also available in physical form and Kindle edition here.


Ctrl Alt Delete – Mitch Joel

Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It


Ctrl Alt Delete is available from Amazon in book or Kindle format as well.


The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin

How High Will You Fly?





The Icarus Deception can be found on Amazon here as well.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change






You can also grab this book in physical form or Kindle edition.


Bonus #11


The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone Zander , Benjamin Zander

Transforming Professional and Personal Life

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

Also available on Amazon as book or Kindle edition.

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Dan Carr

Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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2 thoughts on “10 Essential Audio Books For Photography Business Owners”

  1. one of my favorite self help book “7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by STEPHEN R. COVEY”. Thanks for sharing such a great stuff.


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