Don’t underestimate the power of a book.
Books have the ability to inspire you and totally transform the way you live your life.
A few years ago, my boyfriend gave me this book called The 4-Hour Chef. Which upon first glance, looks like a normal cookbook.
It’s a cookbook – sort of. I mean, it did teach me how to seriously master the art of food prep. But I learned so much more than that. It taught me how to master new skills and become a fast learner at just about everything. This cookbook changed my outlook on life and partially inspired me to start travelling full-time.
So, it should come as no surprise that reading – and consuming information – is a big part of my life. And I think that a lot of creative people, like bloggers and online entrepreneurs can probably relate to that.
Which is why I decided to put together this list of the best books for bloggers and online entrepreneurs. These are my personal favourites as they are all written by experts in the field. I hope they inspire you to harness your creative powers and start (or continue) to make a living online!
THE BEST BOOKS FOR BLOGGERS & ENTREPRENEURS
1. Career In The Making by Krista Aoki
Krista of RerouteLifestyle.com provides an in-depth breakdown of the exact strategy she used to make over $2,200 in her first 6 months blogging. This ebook will help new (and seasoned) bloggers stand out in the crowd, make their first affiliate sales and grow their audience.
2. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I have a soft spot for this book because it was the first “self-help” book I ever read. It’s funny, feminine, fierce and my all-time favourite. By the end of this book, you will understand how to stop doubting yourself and start living the kind of life you’ve always dreamed about.
3. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
This book is a roadmap for dream chasers, side hustlers and pretty much every female entrepreneur out there. It won’t teach you how to build your own company or take control of your finances, but it will show you how to “unlock” the secrets to success, sanity and happiness.
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gillbert
From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes this book all about how to live a more creative and fulfilling life. I found it to be equal parts inspiration and information. So basically, perfect. Elizabeth shows you how to face down your fears and embrace your creative side.
5. The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
I couldn’t write a list about the best books for bloggers without including this gem. The author provides a step-by-step guide on how to escape the 9-5 and live anywhere in the world. If the mantra “live more, work less” sounds like something you could get behind, this book is definitely for you!
6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Called “the counterintuitive approach to living a good life”, this book made me seriously laugh out loud. It’s a self-help book for people who hate self-help books and totally unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s all about finding out what’s truly important to you and just letting go of the rest!
7. One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand
I’m always struggling to come up with new blog post ideas and fill up my content calendar. So needless to say, this ebook was a total lifesaver. The blogger behind MeeraKothand.com created this guide that will leave you with a year’s worth of blog post ideas in just 60 minutes.
8. Manage Your Day-to-Day by 99U
Stop doing busywork and start doing your best work by reading this extremely helpful toolkit. With contributions from 20 creative entrepreneurs, this book is meant to help you tackle the challenges of an online workplace. It’s all the first instalment of the three part 99U series.
9. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
A thoughtful and funny guide that provides a step-by-step account of how regular people can totally reinvent their lives. It proves that starting a successful business is much easier (and cheaper) than most people think! This book will make you realize there are no excuses!
10. Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt
This is an uncomplicated and no-BS guide to building a life-chaging business. It’s directed towards direct sales and network marketing businesses. Like, blogging for example. And, it will undoubtedly help you develop a clear vision and stop those pesky negative voices in your head.
11. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Written by “the” PR-girl of the fashion industry, this book is the perfect combination of Devil Wears Prada and self-help. Drawing on her own personal experiences, Aliza shares some serious real talk for people who are just starting their professional careers.
12. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
After reading about three sentences of this book, I instantly felt like I was becoming a better writer. Ann shares her insight into the world of content while providing how-to steps to getting the best results. This is a must-have guide for all online content creators.
13. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
This right here, is the ultimate social media marketing guide for bloggers and online entrepreneurs. As a social media guru himself, Gary shares his expert advice on how to communicate with customers through social media and develop high quality content.
What are you reading?
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best books for bloggers and entrepreneurs based on my personal recommendation!
But now I want to know yours! So, let me know what books have inspired you or made a difference in your life! Bonus points if they helped you start or improve your own online business!
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