Now I don’t know about you, but for most of us juggling a side hustle alongside a full-time career, it’s not only exhausting but also a really tough place to navigate. This new modern career concept of being a multi-hyphen definitely has its challenges. Which I’d recommend the Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women by Otegha Uwagba to any working woman. It’s packed full of fresh ideas and no-nonsense practical advice to help you build the career you want. So here is what the little black book: A toolkit for working women taught me:
WORK IT BABY
Otegha Uwagba spends the first couple of chapters sharing her wisdom and tips on getting work done. From knowing when to work and knowing when to spend time thinking. This book helps you to find your niche, understand how you can stand out from the crowd and promote yourself while staying true to your authentic self.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
This was probably the most useful part of the book for me. It’s all about your self-worth and knowing your worth when it comes to charging for your business services. From knowing how to budget and pay yourself as a freelancer, to negotiating pay rises with your employer and drawing up contracts and invoices. This part of the book is incredibly useful and would have been far better to have learnt this stuff at school rather than parallelograms!
I think one of the keys things I learnt in this book is that we can all be really hard on ourselves. There’s a lot of pressure to be able to do everything and to do it well. And working in a creative industry like blogging means there really isn’t any ‘downtime’. But having a work/life balance is so important. And I loved getting to hear from inspiring women in the book about how they achieve that balance.
I think we can all agree that who you know can play a big part in your career. But this book reminded me that who you know is just as important as what you know. And that it’s important to keep growing as a person, develop new skills, build a network of inspiring women and learn from them.
So that’s what the little black book: A toolkit for working women taught me. That being a woman in this kind of industry, is tough but achievable. You just need to arm yourself with the right tools.
Have you read this book before? What did you think of it?