Freelancer Reading List

Great books for freelancers

I read a lot. 78 books in 2017. 

When I find a really good book, I list it here, for our shared benefit. 

Do you have a suggestion for a book I should read? Email me at with your suggestion. 

Books on Process, Planning, and Time Management

Books on Selling

Books on Marketing

  • The Brain Audit: Why Customers Buy (and Why They Don’t) — A wonderful book by Sean D’Souza on why customers and clients buy (and why they don’t!). Once you read this book, you’ll view all marketing and sales through a completely different lens. It is a wonderful book. The paperback is cost prohibitive at $30-60 USD, so I highly recommend the Kindle version, if available in your region.
  • Just Fucking Ship — Amy Hoy’s short book on the importance (and power) of Just Fucking Shipping that project, that blog post, that article, or that product. If you’ve struggled to get projects out the door (either for yourself or for your clients), you should read this book.

Books on Life

  • How to Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto — There’s so much importance put on doing more, #hustling, and working harder. This book takes the opposite approach and acts as guide book on How To Be Idle. I credit this book with saving me from Burnout in 2016.

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