book on business practices for industrial designers?

Hello,
Can anyone recommend a book on business practices for freelance industrial designers (covering things such as contracts, proposals, invoicing, client aquisition etc.)? I’ve worked in industrial design for many years, but became self-employed not too long ago and sometimes feel like I need a business primer…
I have a book which is quite good, but geared towards graphic designers: “The Designer’s Guide To Marketing And Pricing: How To Win Clients And What To Charge Them” by Ilise Benun and Peleg Top.
Is there anything out there specifically for industrial designers?

That said, the Core 77 forums have been a great resource for me!

I’m kind of in the same shoes as you. I’ve been looking into some various books also. Here are some that I’ve read/used.

Business and Legal Forms for Industrial Designers by Tad Crawford
http://amzn.com/1581153988

From Concept to Consumer: How to Turn Ideas into Money by Phil Baker
http://amzn.com/0137137478

Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers by Shel Perkins
http://amzn.com/0321278798 First Edition
http://amzn.com/0321702026 Second Edition Pre-Order (April 23rd, 2010 release date)

Thanks for the book tips Ross. I will definitely check them out.

I had previously looked at “Talent is not enough” online but was under the impression that it is also more for graphic design?

I just picked up Talent is Not Enough so I can’t tell you if it’s biased towards one discipline or the other. I picked it up because I heard it has some good info on setting up your business from the legality standpoint.

A quick search of the Core archives revealed a previous discussion of this very subject

A search of the Business Practices forum came up with a few more.

http://boards.core77.com/search.php?keywords=business+books&terms=all&author=&fid

Thanks for your input LMO. It seems to me that the thread you are referring to discusses a more general approach to business as it relates to design.
I was looking for a nuts and bolts book that can help me with my own freelance industrial design business. What to put in a proposal versus in a contract, how to deal with clients who keep making changes, how to approach manufacturers with my new design idea, charging a fee versus royalties, maybe patent issues etc.
The book I mentioned, “The Designer’s Guide To Marketing And Pricing: How To Win Clients And What To Charge Them” covers a lot of these issues for graphic designers, I just wanted to know if there is a comparable book out there for industrial designers.
Ross has already recommended some good options above.

Legal Forms for the Designer, A Standard Business Practice Guide for the Designer, 1983.
by Lee Epstein
Design Publications, Inc. / Book Division
330 West 42nd Street. NY, NY, 10036

Legal Forms for the Designer, A Standard Business Practice Guide for the Designer, 1983.
by Lee Epstein

I’ll second this title. It’s an old, but very good, business reference with lots of actual blank form formats (from back in the day when you would Xerox them and fill them out on a typewriter ).

2 currently on Amazon (used); $35 - http://www.amazon.com/Legal-forms-designer-standard-business/dp/B0006WPJSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269989678&sr=1-1