Rob’s Favorite Books for Freelancers

by Rob Williams | Last Updated: January 7, 2020

As a freelancer, you have a ton on your plate. I know! I’ve been there, and a few choice books have made all the difference for me when building my business. These are my all-time favorite books for freelancers. 

Note: I’m protesting Amazon because they pay less in taxes than you, so none of the links below will be to Amazon. I now also buy my books at Barnes and Noble when possible.

These are my favorite books for freelancers:

How to Win Friends and Influence People
If you can only read one book, this is the one that will have the greatest effect because it teaches you about how people work and make decisions.

Rework
This book taught me how to think about my business and what to focus on. Follow it and be profitable. So great that wrote a full article on the book’s teachings here.

The Elements of Style
So much of your freelance business depends on your ability to write, it’s scary. This is the best book on writing I’ve ever read and it’s a must-read for freelancers who want to be able to communicate with clients confidently.

Design is a Job
This is the best blueprint I’ve ever found for structuring your freelance business. One of the best books for freelancers because it gives you the right mindset, right from the start. 

Profit First
This is the first personal finance system that has really stuck with me. I use Profit First every day and it’s changed how I think about profit in my business. 

Confessions of an Advertising Man
David Ogilvy‘s thoughts on winning clients, producing great work, and a ton more is absolutely excellent. So great that wrote a full article on the book’s teachings here.

Time Management Magic
If you’re feeling like you’re not getting enough of the right things done each day this is the perfect remedy. I use the system in this book daily.

The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully
This is a really fun read that pushes your thinking on the client / freelancer relationship. I think if you don’t read this one, you’re missing out on a ton of revenue. 

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I’m a bit of a minimalist. This is a great starter book for how to think about minimizing possessions. Super helpful personally, and as a freelancer to stay lean.

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got
If you ever feel like you’re out of ideas, read this book. It’s got a ton of outstanding ways to increase revenue in your business.

That’s it!

In my opinion these are the must read books for freelancers. I’ll be adding to this list regularly in the future, but my intention is to keep it really small, so maybe not too often.

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