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Best Success Books for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

  • Sabina Lohr
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Books hold a lot of the secrets to success. Entrepreneurs and freelancers are people whose goal is to succeed, so it can help to know what books have the information that can help us reach this goal.

If you have access to expert tips, excellent business advice, success stories and motivational words as you work your way toward success, all the more likely that you will get there.  I’ve rounded up 9 of the best success books for entrepreneurs and freelancers based on how helpful they promise to be in all of these areas.

Best Success Books for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

The Barefoot Executive
The ultimate guide for being your own boss and achieving financial freedom

Author – Carrie Wilkerson, award-winning author, international speaker and television and radio guest

257 pages

Carrie Wilkerson draws on her personal experience and successes to walk you through building the business you want to build. She uses insight, exercises and actionable steps to help you move, plan and do.


The Barefoot Executive book

This Year Will Be Different
The insightful guide to becoming a freelancer

By Monika Kanokova, storyteller and copywriter

244 pages

This inspirational book is for and about women with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to freelance. Monika Kanokova uses interviews with successful women as well as her own stories and tips to try to help all women become successful freelancers.

This Year Will be Different book

The 4-Hour Workweek
Expanded and updated with over 100 new pages of cutting-edge content

By Timothy Ferriss, Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times bestselling author of 12 books

416 pages

In the 4-Hour Workweek, New York Times bestselling author Timothy Ferriss shows people how to focus on life, not work. There is no reason to wait until retirement to enjoy and embrace your life. The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint for how to put life first.

The 4-Hour Workweek book

Work at Home
The no-nonsense guide to avoiding scams and generating real income from anywhere

By Caitlin Pyle, work-at-home expert and creator of the uber-successful Proofread Anywhere online courses

213 pages    (currently on sale free of charge – you only pay shipping)

This is super-motivational expert advice from Caitlin on how to start and succeed in earning income from home. She succeeded in building an empire by teaching other people how to earn money working at home doing just one small facet of one of her former jobs and gives you the steps so you can succeed too.

Work at Home book by Caitlin Pyle

Lost and Founder
A painfully honest field guide to the startup world

By Rand Fishkin, co-founder of software companies SEO Moz and SparkToro

320 pages

Rand Fishkin exposes and ups and downs of starting startups as he looks back on how he built the $45 million SEO Moz. He “pulls back the curtain on the mythology of tech startups,” exposing the not-so-pretty world that most CEO’s don’t want you to know about.

Lost and Founder book

Tools of the Titans
The tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers

By Timothy Ferriss, Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times bestselling author of 12 books

707 pages

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Timothy Ferriss shares information from more than 200 podcast interviews he’s conducted with celebrities, athletes and other legends who have told him how they live their lives. Tools of the Titans contains the distilled tools, tactics, and “inside baseball” about how these major successes live their lives.

Tools of the Titans book

The E-Myth Revisited:
Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it

By Michael E. Gerber, author and founder of business skills training company Michael E. Gerber Companies

292 pages

In this totally revised edition of the underground bestseller The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how common, everyday assumptions can stand in the way of success.

The E-Myth Revisited book

Active Income Streams
Side income opportunities for achieving financial freedom (working as much or as little as you desire) (Volume 2)

By Kristi Patrice Carter, lawyer and best-selling author

218 pages

This book teaches you how to capitalize on your talents to earn money doing what you know and love in your spare time or as a new full-time career.

Active Income Streams book

There’s No Place Like Working from Home
Get organized, stay motivated, get things done!

By Elaine Quinn, internationally-recognized expert on the pros and cons of managing a solopreneur business and working from home

230 pages

This book is written for solo professionals, former corporate employees, second-career retirees, telecommuters and outside sales representatives. Based on her 10+ years as an organization and time management consultant, Elaine Quinn gives advice on the steps you can take to achieve a healthy work/life balance.

There's No Place Like Working from Home book

Have you read any books with good tips for success? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur who created World of Freelancers to help others discover how to work for themselves online and live the freelance lifestyle. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including several years on and off of working online while traveling and living abroad.

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