5 Top business books for new freelancers

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With the growth in the gig economy, you have more and more people deciding to leave their regular 9-to-5 to become freelancers.

However, for many people, this can be quite a transition, as freelancing comes with its own ups and downs. Even for those freelancers who have been at it for a while now still find it hard to find adequate resources to keep them going strong.

Luckily, there are lots of great places to get valuable information from. These are the five best business books (and business-related books) I would recommend for new freelancers to understand their new landscape and take control of it.

The Gig Economy

One of the best things you can do to understand and succeed in your business is to take a step back and look at your business in general. Specifically, what is the overview of the new gig economy – what are the trends and how can you adjust to the shift?

Sidenote: Once you finish, read how 4 freelancers built recurring revenue models that changed their business. You'll love it.

With extensive research, Diane Mulcahy provides an answer to questions about where the gig economy is going. She also explores how freelancers can build financial flexibility while saving time.

Liminal Thinking

Again, we’ll go and look not just at the gig economy and freelancing in general, but about how you approach problems and situations.

Switching from a 9-to-5 to a freelance position will require more than just changing jobs and updating your LinkedIn profile. It will require that you change your mindset so that you can understand and take control of your new freedoms and responsibilities.

Dave Gray in Liminal Thinking wants to change the way you think by changing (or reframing) your beliefs. More than a business book for new freelancers, this is the psychology that is necessary to achieve success.

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Craft, Inc

In this book, Meg Mateo Ilasco covers the essential part of the craft business for freelancers. Therefore, it is made specifically for freelancers who are involved in creating crafts and eager to succeed.

She thoroughly goes through all the important aspects of the business. This includes creating your crafts, formulating a business plan, and some important tips for paying taxes.

Creative, Inc

In a similar vein, Ilasco teamed up with Joy Cho to expand their business books to include the creative industry in general.

You’ll find the same thorough tips as in Craft, Inc. — including business plans, strategies, taxes, etc. This book is aimed more at photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and the like.

The 4-Hour Workweek

OK — there’s no way to go over the important business books for new freelancers than to mention this inspirational classic by Timothy Ferriss.

While the world of entrepreneurship is stuck in the ‘hustle’ mode (succeed at all costs, including not sleeping), this book focuses more on working less and earning more.

When you are just starting out on your new freelance venture, you will feel the need to work as much as possible to earn as much as possible. But that is the wrong way to look at it, according to Ferriss. Instead, find the things you are good at and find ways to automate or outsource the rest.

These are of course only some of the best books available for freelancers, but they are a great way for you to get started in your new position.

With the right motivation, resources and inspiration, you’ll soon get into the new rhythm.

Have any books you’d like to add to this list? Write it in the comments!

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About Bernard Meyer

Bernard Meyer is a freelance writer and photographer at the Meyer Food Blog, a website dedicated to delicious food for busy cooksYou can also find him on Facebook and Pinterest.

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