You can learn about freelancing and business through mentors, local networking groups, online courses, videos, blogs, expert speakers… the available resources are truly endless.
And then, of course, there are books. Books that you can read while you wait for the bus, or play in your car while you sit in Austin traffic, or flip through for guidance when you’re in a tough situation with a client.
Here are our top picks of the best business books for freelancers and entrepreneurs:
No matter what industry you’re in, it’s always worthwhile to improve your writing skills — especially in an era when content reigns supreme. Learn how to sharpen your voice, remove unnecessary words and clichés, and translate your polished writing into blog posts, infographics, LinkedIn profiles, and more.
Ready to break the habits that are holding your business back? James Clear simplifies the concept of habit building, explains the science behind why our habits are so engrained (even when we want to change them), and motivates readers to make incremental changes that lead to practical results.
If any part of your job includes managing people, this is the kind of honest and practical book that you can apply to your business immediately. Facebook executive Julie Zhuo shares lessons from her management career and shows readers how to build trust with your reports, set expectations, navigate feelings of imposter syndrome, and more.
Ben Horowitz pulls back the curtain on his ups, downs, and business failures while building a Silicon Valley startup. This book sidesteps fluffy advice and motivational mantras, and it instead dives into how to face the hard, uncomfortable, and terrifying aspects of entrepreneurship head-on.
What do high-stakes poker and entrepreneurship have in common? There’s more overlap than you think, which is what makes this book so entertaining! Professional poker player Annie Duke blends her background in psychology, business consulting, and poker to create this unique book for business owners.
Cal Newport argues that the ability to focus without distraction on a single task (“deep work”) is a crucial skill that will set successful artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders apart from the rest. Learn how to ruthlessly focus your attention, ditch distractions, revive your creative thinking, and achieve extraordinary results.
Tim Ferriss compiles the best-of-the best actionable strategies, morning routines, and advice from his podcast guests. Whether you seek to improve your productivity, make bolder business decisions, or live a healthier lifestyle as a freelancer, this book will give you some tactics to try immediately.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
Running a business takes more than just high-hopes and expertise: it takes grit, stamina, and the tenacity to persevere. Angela Duckworth’s book will revive your work ethic, inspire you with examples of hard-working icons, and remind you of how far you have already come.
Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist and engaging writer who pulls back the curtain on how the power of influence works. Entrepreneurs can use the studies, insights, and psychological phenomena she describes to bolster your branding, influence your prospects, and create content that speaks to your audience on an emotional level.
Freelancers and entrepreneurs often find themselves in a balancing act, splitting time between delivering for clients, finding new clients, and running the behind-the-scenes operations of their businesses. Learn how to cut through the chaos of daily distractions and prioritize your most important tasks with this book from the cofounder of (Austin’s own!) Keller Williams Realty.
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life – Catherine Price
A must-read for any entrepreneurs who want to reduce their non-essential screen time. Catherine Price walks readers through a process to help create a healthier relationship with our digital devices so we can scroll less and create/live/work/play/serve our clients more.
What are the best business books that have had an impact on your company? We would love to add more books to our reading list, so please share your ideas with us in the comments below.
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