If you’re still undecided about making that leap from your 9 to 5 job to the exciting and unpredictable world of freelancing, these ten books will surely give you that much-needed push. If you do freelance right, the results are extremely rewarding and gratifying. Here are ten of the best books that you can read to get your freelancing career started.
1. How to be a Rock Star Freelancer by Cyan and Collis Ta’eed
It contains great tips and advice for the new freelancer as well as a useful guide on how to build and market your brand, set your rates, get clients, and get paid.
2. My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman
Michelle Goodman shares her wisdom on how to start a career as a freelancer and how to do a great job at it. This book also provides a great list of helpful websites that you can do freelance work for, plus tips on how you can establish good relationships with your clients.
3. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming Obstacles between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky Scott Belsky interviewed dozens of experts and came up with this book dedicated to the serial creatives. This book will spark that inspiration to enter the world of freelancing and turn that creative vision into a reality.
4. Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon
No more starving artists with this insightful book written to help artists turn their art into a successful and profitable business.
5. The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams on Your Terms by Sara Horowitz
It’s everything you need to know about setting yourself up for the world of freelancing, down to the nitty gritty of it. Sara Horowitz shares tips from the pros to keep the freelancer busy all year long, and even includes practical advice on how you can do your administrative work the right way.
6. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
The most important thing you can take away from this book is knowing how to put your focus and energy on the important tasks that will bring you profit, and doing away with the fluff work.
7. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
That title alone is enough reason to pick up this book. It shares how you can work on your terms in just a few hours every week with a business strategy that is effective.
8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
When you’re a freelancer, you’re not immune to personal and professional drama. This book will help you handle the bumps in the road while recognizing new opportunities and taking chances with no hesitations.
9. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
Social media can be your best and most powerful tool as a freelancer. This book teaches you how to make the most of social media to market your skills and capitalize on the simple yet very effective tool of word of mouth.
10. How Successful People Think by John Maxwell
To be successful in your field, you must learn and know how to think like successful people. Everything else will follow.