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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (8 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408129922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408129920
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Branagan is an author, business adviser and visual arts consultant. Over the last decade she has written several books, and has studied different approaches to teaching business theory and practical enterprise skills.

Since 1999, she has established enterprise courses at a number of London universities, including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and conducts a series of masterclasses for the Association of Illustrators.

She has a Masters degree in Applied Art and Visual Culture and is an associate of The Design Trust and also an Associate of the Institute of Consulting, a Member of the Society of Authors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
www.alisonbranagan.com
www.makingsenseofbusiness.com

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Although I wasn't a businessman, I had to quickly learn the skills necessary to run a company. This book gives clear, simple advice on 100 questions you need to know the answers to before you set out. --Sir James Dyson

A crackingly good book. --Art Business Today


Alison Branagan's Pocket Guide for artists and designers is the kind of handy reference book I like to keep close at hand. It contains concise articles on business issues that confront artists and designers, written by someone who knows how much depth to go into. A great set of website links makes this book both informative and up to date. --John Bound, Head of FuelRCA, the Royal College of Art professional development service. www.fuel.rca.ac.uk

An easily digestible form of the more substantial book and I found both to be useful. If you know you are not going to wade through a hefty book on business then opt for the pocket guide but I have to say that if money is not an issue then go for both. --Findings, the magazine of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

'This book is targeted at students or those starting out on their artistic careers, the Guide hits the mark perfectly. The numerous useful web resources throughout and the Further Reading list provide a time-saving base for specific detailed research.'      Glass Network Magazine

About the Author

Alison Branagan is a creative industries business consultant, author, and an associate lecturer at Central St Martins where she teaches short courses in entrepreneurship, business start-up and self-promotion.


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This is another fabulous book by Alison Branagan. Written by a creative person for creative people.

As a tax adviser who specialises in helping people in the creative sector trying to find books and resources to recommend to clients is very difficult. They are often written in uncomfortable business language and rarely relate to the business model of your typical artist or designer.

This is where Alison Branagan's books seem to differ. Written in a casual, easy to follow style with no pretensions this pocket guide gives a great overview of pretty much every problem you are going to face when starting up your own creative business.

If this pocket guide has whetted your appetite and you want more in depth advice then it is well worth checking out her Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers too.

Enjoy!
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This is a brilliant book for creatives thinking of starting up in business. The format is easy to read and covers all the nuts and bolts of getting you up and running. It explains the nitty gritty of business in a simple way, demystifying complex subjects. The resources section at the end of each question gives you the opportunity to look deeper into each topic.

This book goes well with Alison's other title, The Essential Guide to Business for Artists & Designers, and is the perfect crib sheet if you want a quick reference. In fact, it would be even better to see it on Kindle.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
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This is one the best investments which I've made when I started my own business (handmade jewellery). And still, after a year, I keep this book near my work place. Well-written, straight to the point. Highly recommended for those who just start or even have some business experience.
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This book is a fantastic guide for those creatives setting up in business for the first time or going freelance.
It covers all the questions you are likely to have and some you might not even have thought of.
The answers given are succinct and easy to follow, but they also give lists of relevant online resources and reports that allow you to delve deeper into the subject.
A highly recommended resource in its own right!
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I had the honour to have Alison Branagan as my tutor in an entrepreneurship course that I attended-an excellent and engaging lecturer. I was not disappointed when I bought this book either; easy to comprehend, filled with all the useful information for a design/art graduate (like myself), answering all the appropriate questions that even I didn't think of asking! It contains advice about selling the products, becoming a professional in your field of expertise, and learning important 'jargon' of the business- all the essentials to start up your new business as an individual, or a collective.

I am now more confident to take the first step, and do something of my own. Thank you Alison!
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The book is well laid out and gives easy-to-read answer for a start up business in a creative industry. Definitely recommend!
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An excellent little book which I keep on my iPad so that I can refer to it when out and about. Admittedly, I have also bought the full version for more detailed information, however, this condensed one has all the main points in summary. Emerging artists cannot go wrong with it.
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A gem of a book full of advice. I have so many more ideas about how to begin my career as an artist. Full of up to date links.
Highly recommend.
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