Do you still read books? It’s so easy not to nowadays, with all the video tutorials and articles you can find online. But I still love them. I especially love holding an actual physical book in my hands, and I feel like it somehow helps me learn better (though audiobooks and ebooks are fantastic too).
Anyway, I feel like one of my jobs as a freelancer is to be continually learning new things and trying to improve my work habits and systems. These three books have helped me be a better solopreneur, and I think you’ll find them helpful, too. Check out these 3 amazing books for solopreneurs. I’ll bet you’ll like them even if you’re not a blogger or business owner.
- The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. This one really did change my life. I think accomplishing more in a day and enjoying “guilt-free playtime” is wonderful for everyone, but it can be tricky for freelancers to achieve. Work tends to blend into off time and weekends and before you know it, you’re either procrastinating or overworking yourself. This book really changed my thinking, and I now see my little breaks as absolutely necessary and useful.
- Presence by Amy Cuddy. Chances are you’ll be doing video calls, or at least telephone calls, throughout your freelance career. This comes entirely natural to some people, but for the shy types (like myself), Amy Cuddy’s research is revolutionary. You can unquestionably find me standing like Wonder Woman before any discovery call after reading this book. Try it! You’ll feel at least a little more in control.
- Choose Yourself by James Altucher. I found this book really empowering, and I also think the author is sort of hilarious. He’s got a lot of great advice, like about not having a boss and having enough clients that none of them becomes your boss. I think my favorite piece of advice was to get into the habit of coming up with ideas. Like, make an idea date with yourself every morning and don’t really judge whether it’s good or bad. He says that coming up with ideas is a sort of muscle you can develop.
These are just a few of the many great books that are helping me on my little freelance adventure. There’s always more to learn, and I think that’s one of the things I love about the solopreneur life.
What are some of your book recommendations? I’d love for you to share them in a comment below.
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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