Reading saves lives. How, you ask? Because reading, bringing in different perspectives, allowing other points of view to broaden your own, can push you to dream bigger, push harder and never give up. Learning can take you to the life you always dreamed of and connect the dots from where you are to where you want to be. Freelancers, more than anyone else, need to reach out and use the resources that could just be a chapter away. Start with these 7 books and tell us which ones you would add to this list.

  1. Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today
    By Lisa Nichols and Janet Switzer

If you pictured your ideal life, what would it look like? How different is it from your life right now? “This life of abundance is something you get to define for yourself,” writes motivational speaker Lisa Nichols. Get inspired with this journey from a life of brokenness to a life of possibility.

  1. Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses
    By Amy Whitaker

We all have big dreams; that’s nothing new. But it’s easy to let our big dreams slide and be replaced with logical, number-driven thinking. Take back the creative thinking in life—which includes failure. Learn how to bring creativity into your work again.

  1. Ego is Enemy
    By Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday has certainly lead a life to be envious of. Since the ripe age of 22, the young entrepreneur advised everyone from rock stars to best-selling authors in media strategy. In his latest book, he addresses the dangers of early success and allowing your ego to stunt true growth.

  1. Negotiating the Nonegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts
    By Daniel Shapiro

This step-by-step guide to negotiating is based on Harvard-trained conflict expert Daniel Shapiro’s 20 years of research in the field. Take back control of the conversation with this science-packed, easy-to-read guide.

  1. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
    By Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy’s viral TED Talk, “How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” has been viewed nearly 30 million times. This book is the long version of that talk, where Cuddy dives into body image and the importance of how we present ourselves to others.

  1. The Power to Get Things Done: (Whether You Feel Like It or Not)
    By Steve Levinson and Chris Cooper

Psychologist and Steve Levinson and executive coach Chris Cooper team up to show you how your inner resistance is really what’s stopping you from getting things done. Don’t let this info-packed read pass you by.

  1. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    By Shonda Rhimes

The Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder creator admits that for most of her life, she had a “no” mentality. Don’t pass on this candid, clever and surprisingly funny tale of Rhimes’ year of saying “yes.”

Final Thought

School is never over for the successful. If you want to take your business to the next level or even just run it more efficiently so you can take more time off, these books will help.


William Lipovsky owns the personal finance website First Quarter Finance. His most embarrassing moment was telling a Microsoft executive, "I'll just Google it."

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