5 Lessons to Take From Little Black Book


Quoted by Elle as “a must-read guide for all creative women looking to navigate the world of work”, Otegha Uwagba’s Little Black Book is a little gem that belongs on the bookshelf or desk of any female hustler.  

Featuring contributions from successful trailblazers including Refinery-29 co-founder Piera Gelardi and the Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin, this little toolkit offers valuable career advice and no-nonsense insights for the ambitious female entrepreneur.  

Although aimed at creative women, this book is an essential career guide for all working women, especially those who work freelance or own their own business. From £1.99 on Amazon, this book is a total steal, and it’s the perfect size to have on your desk or to carry around in your bag.  

The 5 Big Takeaways from Little Black Book  

1. Manage Your Brand.  
Your brand is more than just your logo: it’s who you are and what you represent. It tells a story about you, your values and why you do what you do. 

From updating your résumé to dressing the part and promoting your brand on social media, this book provides insightful and actionable tips to creating a killer and authentic personal brand.  

2. Know Your Worth
Particularly in the freelance world and predominantly in the creative industries, it is common practice to do unpaid work when you’re first starting out in your industry and there is a stigma about money and the notion of ‘selling out’ which needs to be challenged.   

Negotiating rates and pay rises and being able to calculate what your work is worth are both important skills that any female hustler needs to nail down in order to build a successful empire.  

3. Keep on Top of your Finances
Budgeting and tracking spending as well as managing taxes and cash flows are all integral aspects of any business. And, if numbers aren’t your thing, it’s time to find a decent accountant to help manage things.  

Although the financial side of things isn’t always the most fun and exciting, it’s really key to get this part down so you can focus on doing what you love and do best.  

4. Keep Learning New Skills 
To quote an inspiring and motivational lady, “You must feed your mind with reading material, thoughts and ideas that open you to new possibilities”
—Oprah Winfrey.  

Learning new skills allows you to expand your services, increase your salary and even improve your career prospects and clarity. It’s a no-brainer, right? Little Black Book outlines how and where to learn new skills, providing a list of online learning resources that allow you to learn flexibly at a time and place that suits you.  

5. Look After Number One
When building your empire, it’s so important to remember to look after your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. We’re talking about some much needed and often overlooked self-care, ladies.   

Nobody wants to be constantly stressed out, so taking care of your mind and your body are so important. Little Black Book lists some great ways to look after your body and your mind, from exercise to mindfulness, and tips for creating a healthy work-life balance to ensure you stay healthy, happy and motivated.