In this section you can find tools and materials to help you improve your motion design business. Expect to find useful app and book recommendations, including special offers available to the Motion Hatch community.

First off, we want to make clear that we have used and fully endorse every one of these recommendations.

Some of the links below are affiliate links. Basically this means that if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, we will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. You can be sure that we would recommend these products whether or not we made any commission on them. Please don’t spend your money on them if you don’t think that they will truly help you improve your business, although in our experience, they will.

Apps

Helping you be more organised and grow your business.

Free Agent

Accountancy Tool

Hayley Akins:

“When I started working as a freelancer It was painful using spreadsheets to manage my expenses. Since I started using Free Agent I find it much easier to keep up with my accounts and tracking my expenses is easy with the banking feature.”

Through this link you can get a 3-month FREE trial and 10% off! 

Books to inspire you

Freelance Manifesto

The Freelance Manifesto offers a field guide for Motion Design professionals looking to make the leap to freelance in two clear and concise parts. The first examines the goals, benefits, myths, and realities of the freelance lifestyle, while the second provides future freelancers with a five-step guide to launching and maintaining a solo business, including making contact, selling yourself, closing the deal, being indispensable, and becoming a lucrative enterprise. If you’re feeling stifled by long hours, low-paying gigs, and an unfulfilling career, make the choice to redesign yourself as a freelancer—and, with the help of this book and some hard work, reclaim your time, independence, and inspiration for yourself.

Linchpin

Godin shows that the key to being indispensable is overcoming the fears that hold most of us back. If you have you ever found a shortcut that others missed, seen a new way to resolve a conflict, or made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach, then you have what it takes to become indispensable. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map.

Animators Survival Kit

Not a business book but a must have for any motion designer or animator. Teaching you the methods that went into the best animation in the world.

In this book, based on Richard Williams sold-out Animation Masterclass in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that very animator – from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz – needs.

Using hundreds of drawings, Williams distills the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that has become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students and fans.

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