Otegha Uwagba’s Little Black Book : The working woman’s toolkit.
Author: Otegha Uwagba
Publisher: 4th Estate
In recent times, many people are finding more flexible ways to do work that they enjoy. As such, there’s been a surge in entrepreneurship and freelance work. This new way of working is however not simply a bed of roses as many who are new to the scene quickly realize. Otegha Uwagba is the author of Little Black Book. She is also the founder of Women Who, a platform which connects and supports creative working women worldwide. I was initially worried that this book would simply contain regurgitated, cliche information but my expectations were surpassed.
DOING THE WORK
The first four chapters of Uwagba’s ‘Little Black Book‘ deal with getting work done. She doles out (practical and effective) productivity tips. Everything from knowing when to work and making time for deep thinking. Building a brand is something that freelancers and business owners struggle with and this book discusses how to find your niche, stand out and promote yourself while staying true to your authentic self. Public speaking can be a pain, but with Uwagba’s tips in this book, anyone can perfect the art. She emphasizes the need to keep your presentation simple and make your time count.
By now, we all know passion doesn’t pay the bills and Uwagba doesn’t mince words in this regard. The next two chapters discuss how to get paid what you deserve and then how to manage your funds. For women who are employed, she shares a step by step guide on negotiating a pay rise with your employer. Still, if you work freelance, she’s laid down a method of setting rates and knowing when to review your rates.
As per money management, The Little Black Book has information on budgeting, how to pay yourself (as a freelancer), draw up contracts (IMPORTANT), invoices and dealing with late payments. I recommend reading this chapter slowwlyyy and soaking every single word up. Gems everywhere.
FEEDING YOUR MIND & NETWORKING
The following two chapters discuss how to keep learning as an employee or freelancer, from new languages to new skills and how staying up to date keeps you ahead of the game. Also, considered in-depth is the need for networking, because “who you know is as important as what you know”. This is one of my favorite chapters and all the highlighting will tell you. Uwagba talks how to cold email clients (or pitch an idea) using a layered guide to emailing (that WORKS!) and why it’s also important to be genuinely interested in people you network with.
In a world like ours where the work is never done, we forget to care for ourselves and the closing chapters of this book are a reminder to do exactly that. To find balance in our lives, we must also cater to our mental and physical wellbeing. A great segment of this book includes advice from women who work. The author has recruited inspiring women from Chimamanda Adichie to Refinery29 founder about balancing work and life. Also included are restauranteurs, writers and photographers. Another chapter to be read slowly, for sure.
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This little book packs a solid punch and delivers EXACTLY what it promises. Otegha Uwagba has said that she wanted to make sure the book was “all killer, no filler” and she’s done just that. I 100% recommend this for anyONE who works, really. Every woman, whether self employed (blogger, photographer, fashion designer, ANYONE) or employed, especially needs this as we sometimes struggle more with assertion in the workplace. I want to give every working woman I know a copy of this book if it was possible, but it’s not. I can at least give one person though…
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All the best, lovelies! x