Getting started in freelancing isn’t always easy so we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 books to get you inspired, motivated and get your business on its feet. But this list isn’t just for the newbies. We’ll also tell you about the best books that will help you take your established freelancing business to the next level.
No. 5: The Principles of Successful Freelancing by Miles Burke
This is a fabulous all-round resource for the new freelancer. It’s a clear and concise guide on how to get you freelance business started; how to manage your money, win clients, grow your network and overcome those early fears when you first start out on your own.
No. 4: Unlimited Freelancer by Mason Hipp and James Chartrand
For those of you who have been freelancing for some time, Unlimited Freelancer is a guide to expanding your business and increasing your income. Unlimited Freelancer shows you how to remove the daily struggle of a 1 man/woman show into a thriving, larger multi-person company.
No. 3: My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman
This is one of my favourites but not because it was written by a woman, but because it offers real stories from real women who have taken a risk. Michelle’s honest and humourous account of her own experiences will resonate with many women as she shares with you her secrets to starting out, handling the freelance lifestyle and juggling the family. My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality.
No.2: Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
As the title suggests, Escape from Cubicle Nation is a story about fleeing the life of a corporate prisoner and becoming a thriving entrepreneur. This book provides the reader with both emotional encouragement and practical advice on how to start out and build a business. She covers all the nitty gritty stuff like business models, legal obligations, insurances and helps you to work out exactly what type of freelancer you want to be. A must for anyone thinking of starting their own business.
No 1: How to be a Rockstar Freelancer by Cyan and Collis Ta’eed
The ultimate guide for freelancing without worry! This book gives you 212 pages of expert freelance advice from the Australian masterminds behind popular freelance blog site FreelanceSwitch. It’s jammed packed with basic, unexpected and insightful advice, covering everything from how to charge, how to get paid, managing your business, CRM systems and filing to eventually expanding your business. A well-deserved winner of the No. 1 spot on our must-read list.