5 Books For Freelancers To Read This Summer

The good thing about freelance work is that there is never enough content shining new light on the topic. The downside, it can be a bit overwhelming to find a medium that works for you. 

You’ve tried podcasts, YouTube videos, Instagram infographics – and the list goes on. But after your research, you’ve realized you like learning the old-fashion way: reading a good ol’ book. Lucky for you, we whittled the choices down to the 5 that we determined will be the most impactful for first time freelancers and knowledge workers. 

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Here are 5 Books For Freelancers to Read this Summer:


1. The Freelancer’s Bible:  Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dream On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz

#1 Book For Freelancers: The Freelancer’s Bible

The Freelancer’s Bible is a one-stop, all-inclusive guide for new and experienced freelancers alike. This book is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about freelancing, from setting up your business to marketing your services and landing clients. It also covers important topics like:

  • Financial planning
  • Time management
  • Dealing with the ups and downs of freelancing.

More about the Author: In 1995, Sara Horowitz launched the Freelancers Union and later founded the Freelancers Insurance Company in 2008. She is a Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.

Watch Sara Horowitz explain how to be a “Freelance Winner.”


2. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco

#2 Book For Freelancers: Creative, Inc.

Creative, Inc. is a must-read for any freelancer in the creative field. This book offers practical advice on everything from pricing your services and finding clients to building a strong portfolio and dealing with creative blocks. It also includes interviews with successful creative professionals who share their insights on what it takes to run a successful freelance business.

More about the Author: From the author of Craft, Inc., Meg Mateo Ilasco, a freelance writer and the author of several books on creative business, and Joy Deangdeelert Cho, the founder of Oh Joy!, a lifestyle brand and design studio, Creative, Inc. is a must-read for any freelancer in the creative field.




3. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


#3 Book For Freelancers: The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek is a modern classic when it comes to books on time management, productivity, and lifestyle design. In this book, Timothy Ferriss shares his unconventional methods for getting the most out of life by working less. 

He shows readers how to outsource and automate tasks, set boundaries, and eliminate distractions so they can focus on what’s truly important to them.

4. Freelance To Freedom: The Roadmap for Creating a Side Business to Achieve Financial, Time, and Life Freedom by Vincent Pugliese


#4 Book For Freelancers: Freelance to Freedom

In Freelance to Freedom, Vincent Pugliese shares his journey from struggling freelancer to successful business owner and provides actionable steps for others who want to follow in his footsteps. He covers everything from creating a niche offering and pricing your services to building a marketing plan and scaling your business. 

By the end of this book, you’ll have a roadmap for creating your own freelance business that can provide financial, time, and lifefreedom.



5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

#5 Book For Freelancers: Getting Things Done: The art of stress-free productivity

In Getting Things Done, David Allen shares his revolutionary system for stress-free productivity. He shows readers how to capture, clarify, and organize their thoughts and tasks so they can confidently take action. This book is a must-read for any freelancer who wants to learn how to get moredone in less time without feeling overwhelmed.






Whether you’re a beginner looking for a platform or a seasoned knowledge contributor on established platforms like OnFrontiers, these books will give you the insights and actionable steps you need to level up your freelance career.