Reading is one of the most crucial building blocks for learning. As a freelancer, you’d want to learn more about your line of business and widen your horizon.
That is especially so when you consider how important it is to read and stay updated with news about your industry.
Business books are a must-have for improving your skills and viewing your craft differently.
However, an endless list of business books can help you as a freelancer. Which do you go for?
Indeed, the longer the list, the more difficult it is to find the perfect one for you.
This is why, in this article, we’ll discuss the ten best business books you must try out as a freelancer.
#1. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY AT WORK – JASON FRIED AND DAVID HEINEMEIER
The sweet fact about this book is that it isn’t about freelancers alone, but entrepreneurs, contractors, and everyone that stays up all night due to excessive workload.
The book shows you that productivity does not come from long hours and excessive workload but from fewer and fewer things that induce stress.
“It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” doesn’t impose any rule on you but shows you what authors have done to ease their stress and how it has impacted their lives positively.
#2. THE FREELANCER’S BIBLE – SARAH HOROWITZ
The Freelancer’s bible is good for you if you’ve just begun reading business books.
In this book, Horowitz advises those who just began their journey to freelance and those who have been there but want to grow and expand.
Some might find this book basic, but sometimes, less is more. This book is recommended for starters in Freelancing and is easy to read.
#3. STOP THINKING LIKE A FREELANCER -LIAM VETCH
In this book, Liam Vetch shows the reader possible problems the average freelancer encounters, how to solve them, and how to avoid them.
As a freelancer himself, Liam Vetch made the book not only educative but inspiring as well.
This way, it can be used for different purposes.
Like its title, you don’t have to be trapped in the walls of freelancing and conventional methods; you can adopt creative ways to improve your skills.
This book is highly recommended not only by Freelancers but business owners.
#4. MY SO-CALLED FREELANCE LIFE- MICHELLE GOODMAN
This book addresses female freelancers and how they navigate the world of freelancing.
But in all honesty, My so-called freelance life’ is suitable for all freelancers out there. Michelle addressed complex challenges like taxes, setting rates, filing, etc., to basic ones like balancing work and personal life.
So if you are having difficulties balancing your work life with your personal life, this book is the best for you as it isn’t only educative but intriguing.
#5. THE 100$ START-UP; REINVENT THE WAY YOU MAKE A LIVING- CHRIS GULLIBEAU
In this book, Chris shows everyone how possible it is to bring an idea to life.
The book examines 1,500 businesses that started with 100$ and are worth more than 15,000 now. It also focuses on 50 case studies.
This book is a must-have for every freelancer as it gives not only tips but firsthand experiences of companies on how they navigated in the business world.
We recommend this book to freelancers looking forward to earning passive income, as it is both educative and inspiring.
#6. THE 4-HOURS WORK WEEK- TIMOTHY FERRISS
This book shows Freelancers how to earn and achieve more without working around the clock.
With a simple economic model, Will shows Freelancers how to eliminate 50% of their work within 48 hours.
You don’t have to work eighty hours a week as a freelancer to be productive. With many tips, this book is as practical as it is inspirational.
The book is highly recommended for freelancers aiming to use their time judiciously.
#7. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE- STEVEN R COVEY
This book is still one of the most inspirational books in the market. Not only for freelancers but for entrepreneurs and contractors.
Covey advises on how to transform your life and make it easier. The seven habits give a certain mindset, which, when implemented in freelancing, will make a massive difference in your Freelance career.
This book is recommended for freelancers who want to step up their game.
#8. START WITH WHY- SIMON SINEK
The goal of every freelancer is to succeed in their line of business.
This book isn’t about tips or hacks but about making Freelancers out there know “why” they want to make sure to succeed.
This book gives freelancers the clues to create a perfect business, no matter how big it is.
#9. THE ONE THING-GARY KELLER
As a freelancer, juggling between things to do, finding a balance, and being productive is draining.
Keller showed us in this book how to focus on one thing. He tells us each of us has one thing to focus on.
Most of all, the one thing we need to focus on is to have fewer distractions and be more productive.
We recommend this book for freelancers who want to have a better structure of their minds and improve their workflow.
#10. THE COMPANY OF ONE- PAUL JAVIS
In this book, Paul Javis showed us why staying small is best for a business person. He tells us to avoid dealing with other people’s excesses and focus.
This book is not directed to just business people and freelancers but to everyone who wants to understand what they want and their focus.
Reading business books give firsthand experience of how people encounter the same challenge you face and how they overcome them.
It also gives tips and hastens your growth as a freelancer.
So, are you finding it hard to choose what business book to read to boost your productivity, or have you not considered reading yet? Why not give these books a trial? The results may leave you awestruck!