English Literature Class: Tom Hodgkinson at Tracey Neuls Friday 14th
October 10, 2016
Everyone should work for themselves. But don’t cashflow forecasts, tax returns and P&Ls all sound a bit of a faff?
Fear not: help is at hand. In Business for Bohemians, Tom Hodgkinson combines practical advice with laugh-out-loud anecdote to create a refreshingly candid guidebook for all of us who aspire to a greater degree of freedom in our working lives.
Whether you dream of launching your own startup or profiting from your creativity in your spare time, Business for Bohemians will equip you with the tools to turn your talents into a profitable and enjoyable business. Accounting need no longer be a dark art. You will become au fait with business plans and a friend of the spreadsheet. You will discover that laziness can be a virtue. Above all, you will realise that freedom from the nine-to-five life is achievable – and, with Hodgkinson’s comforting, pragmatic and extremely funny advice at hand, you might even enjoy yourself along the way.
Mr Hodgkinson’s book is a brilliant combination of advice, business autobiography, and philosophical tract on the agony and the ecstasy of being an entrepreneur. I highly recommend it to anyone who is planning to work for themselves, especially those from the creative industries. He writes well and with genuine authority on the critical issues, and is refreshingly honest about his own roller coaster journey as a businessman. This is an exceedingly readable and useful handbook for those who choose to make the leap and control their own destiny, Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners
Indispensable to those of us whose eyes start to close at the thought of a spreadsheet, Dominic West, actor
Is it possible to make money while you’re asleep? Sure it is, this book might just give you some ideas how, James Reed, Chairman, reed.co.uk
Funny, sad, intelligent, irreverent, original and practical, this is everything you need from a great book about business and loads more besides. Once you’ve picked this up you won’t want to put it down; and you can’t say that about many business books, Charles Gladstone, founder, Pedlars and the Good Life Experience
Business for Bohemians is the must-have handbook for people like me, trying to reconcile how to live a life of creative freedom and expression with the pressing need to also make a living and therefore negotiate the thickets of business bullshit. It also made me feel I was not alone I trying to do so. And it’s a rather gripping read to boot, James Studholme, founder, Blink Productions