7 books that every freelancer or contractor should read
We all know that reading is important. Do you think the likes of Warren Buffett would spend six hours a day doing it if it didn’t give you a business edge? Beyond that, reading is excellent for mindfulness and reducing anxiety, too.
So, with that in mind, here are seven books that we think every freelancer or contractor should read.
1) How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
We’ll start with a bonafide classic. Take a glance at pretty much any list of essential business books, and you’ll find Dale Carnegie’s timeless tome mentioned. And with good reason. First published way back in 1936, the book has gone on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide.
The success of HTWFAIP is down to its readability and the fact that all of the advice within is useful for both professional and personal life.
2) The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
This landmark work by tech investor and podcaster, Tim Ferriss, was a revelation when it first appeared in 2007. The 4-Hour Work Week focuses on simple strategies that people can take to break the monotony of a 9 to 5 existence.
A refreshing counterpoint to the ‘hustle’ culture regularly pedalled in business guides; this book instead looks at how to streamline and outsource to make more free time for yourself — a must-read for the overworked.
3) Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
Jay Conrad Levinson blew the doors off traditional marketing techniques for small business with this instant classic. Released in 1983, Guerrilla Marketing offers up a revolutionary way to look at market share – and how to increase it.
One of the bonuses of this book is that the guidance offered is as useful for personal branding as it is for business marketing. Get it read and get famous.
4) Deep Work by Cal Newport
With the rise of social media and the smartphone, we are truly living in the distraction age. Cal Newport’s seminal book, Deep Work, sets out to show us that the ability to find focus is the secret to professional success.
By guiding the reader through the benefits of strategies such as outsourcing and intense concentration, Newport can offer us a way of working that is both more efficient and more rewarding.
5) Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
Offering a complementary perspective to our above recommendation, Eat That Frog! is a must-read for anyone who suffers the curse of procrastination. Brian Tracy takes us through a series of techniques and tips to help focus you on the critical tasks you need to get done.
If you’ve ever felt that you could be getting tasks finished faster and with a better sense of priority, then this is the book for you.
6) The Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz
If there is one book that every freelancer should read when they start their adventure into the world of independent working, it’s this one. Written by the founder of the Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz, The Freelancer’s Bible gives the reader a roadmap to navigating what, at first, can seem like a daunting landscape.
Buy a copy, keep it close to your desk, and refer to it any time you have a question about where to take your freelance career next. Simple.
7) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu’s masterpiece has long been considered the world’s most important work on military, political, and business strategy. The ancient Chinese treatise has, for generations, been recommended by world leaders and financial soothsayers.
In short, it’s a book you simply have to read if you are serious about big-time success.
Of course, we’re just scratching the surface of what’s available when it comes to insightful books for freelancers and contractors. But, we think these recommendations will give you a great start in stretching your mind and expanding your potential.
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