I’ve talked about this before but it’s worth mentioning again, Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears’s site The Soapbox was one of the very first websites I read on a regular basis. I remember reading with keen interest that they ran their own web design firm, Raised Eyebrow Web Studios, which they started after realizing that they could be their own bosses. Lauren and Emira’s book, The Boss of You, is officially out and the back of the book says something I love: “This is the business book they wish they’d had.”
The book goes through all the aspects of starting a business, the things you know and the things you don’t know that you don’t know, working through them in a conversational tone. Each section has examples from real life experiences, either from Lauran and Emira or a bunch of people they interviewed while writing the book. Full disclosure: I was one of those people and I’m am phsyched to see my name in the back of the book.
They cover both aspects of business for those who will be making an actual thing, and those who will provide a service. They talk about what you should do when your business grows to large for you (raise your prices!). And they work you through all the processes of setting up pricing, billing, and the dreaded business plan. It’s a great resource for anybody setting out to start a business, whether you plan to grow it large or keep it small. Laruen and Emira are Canadian, the resources they list include both US and Canadian sources, and I know a lot of people who will be thrilled to know this.
The Boss of You is on a blog book tour this week, and you can find all the details of what Lauren and Emira are up to on their website, which includes lots and lots of helpful business information. You can also read a sample chapter. They’ll be on a book tour starting in Vancouver, uh, yesterday but they’ll be here in Seattle on Saturday, May 17th at 4:30 p.m. at the Elliott Bay Book Company.
Congratulations Lauren and Emira! (And thanks for introducing me to Smoking Lily many years ago.)