5 Highly recommended books for freelancers
By Steven Bennett
Freelancing can be as easy or tough as you want it to be. It all starts with your mental attitude and your aspirations in life. Whether you work in a 9-5 job and dream of freelancing on the side or you have decided to take a plunge into the freelancing world and be your own boss. Our list of essential must-reads will help you make better decisions while beginning freelancing, finding work, achieving goals and becoming much better at interpersonal relationships.
1. What to Do when It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)
The author of ‘Purple Cow’ Seth Godin has produced yet another gem and that makes ‘What to Do When It’s Your Turn’ a definite read for anyone choosing to pick the freelance career route.
To start with, this book has some stirring insights that will help you think/re-think or possibly re-strategise your choice(s).
If you are looking for ideas without storytelling, this might not be the book for you but if you are in a headspace where your entire career move is confusing, then this book might shed some insight. The book evokes the notion of opportunity and how it’s found everywhere. What we love about this book is that you can read it in sections, walk away and still have learnt something valuable that you can apply to your life. Each section is guaranteed to leave you wanting to come back for more.
2. Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills
This book by Marianne Cantwell is a straightforward book about starting a business and will teach the basic but equally important aspects of running a business which you wouldn’t have learnt otherwise.
If you have ever been on the crossroads of dreaming about a life and wondering if there's more to living, then this book will infuse the much-needed drive to make your goal of starting your business happen.
What is great about this book is that it feels very relatable to the everyday person and all the chapters cater to people from every background. Some might say this makes the book very generic but the fact is, it makes any person from any career visualise how to build their dream business and come to a conclusion about the factual ways to make that happen step by step.
Another reason we love this book is it’s not some dreamy get-rich-quick book but it consists of exercises that can empower you to make a dramatic change in your life.
3. The four-hour workweek
This is one of the greatest books that have to be on the shelf of anyone considering the freelance or the self-employed route.
The reason why this book is talked about so much is that it truly sells the idea of freedom. Just the book title causes an instant intrigue and makes any freelancer wonder how to make this rare idea of a ‘four hour work week’ possible.
Some might find this book a bit out there but if you are self-employed looking for some good ideas then this book will help you optimise aspects of your life, enough to get you thinking and finding newer ways of doing the same old things. Ultimately you are here because you are looking for a fresh dose of optimism and particularly if you are in a state of mind of transitioning careers or starting something new, this book provides the much needed fresh perspective that most of us need to start something new.
4. The e-myth revisited
This book is deemed as the bible for small businesses, particularly if you are thinking you don’t want to be owned by a job but you’d rather be the owner of your enterprise. It is excellent at helping you think of franchising your business.
What we love is that the wisdom from the entrepreneurial myth can easily be transferred into any type of business and that aspect makes this book very relatable to different business owners.
This book by Michael Gerber is ideal for anyone who already has a business and would like to up it a notch and learn the step by step process to do it. It also has some great ideas on how to learn to run your business without being there every minute of the way thus creating a level of freedom that you craved from your business.
5. How to win friends and influence people
Even though this classic book by Dale Carnegie is not directly about freelancing or starting a business. This book will teach you important life lessons on how to be around people, become more likeable, how to create a good impression and create trust which are crucial skills to make anyone successful in life and business.
Any successful business is centred around building relationships whether that’s co-workers, business partners or clients and this book mainly centres around how to build stronger connections and understand people and help them understand you.
How to win friends and influence people is one hundred percent a personal guide that will never get old and it is worth having on your shelf to read and reread around human beings, their psychology and the crux to forming important relationships.