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.


How Chemonics Uses Knowledge Networks To Find Local Expertise While Abroad

With over $1.5 billion in USAID contracts, Chemonics is the U.S. Agency for International Development’s largest implementing partner. The international development firm is owned by its over 5000 employees in 100 countries around the world.

Here’s how their capture teams use OnFrontiers to engage the knowledge and talent they need, when they need it, to continue securing international development contracts.

The challenge: Finding local expertise to manage political dynamics and local relationships

The first time Isaiah Oliver, Director of Trade and Growth for Chemonics International, used OnFrontiers to find an expert, it was a rush job.

“We were doing some work for a supply chain program that was looking to manage the distribution of school books to schools in Honduras,” says Isaiah. “I had a very, very short turnaround — we had like 10 days or two weeks or something. The client, USAID (The US Agency for International Development) wanted us to show that we understood how to work with counterparts from The Ministry of Education and not just deliver these books on time, but also strengthen the local capacity to do so in the future.”

It was precisely the kind of challenge the OnFrontiers platform was designed to address.

The solution: OnFrontiers Knowledge Network Platform and Expert Marketplace

Faced with this challenge, Isaiah did what has become his first move whenever he is looking for expertise. He requested an expert through the OnFrontiers platform to initiate the process. Our research team conducts a search of the existing experts on the platform, then leverages known experts as referrals to expand our reach exponentially beyond our existing relationships. In tandem, the research team also uses the powerful tools, processes, and incentives that we’ve put in place to search across Linkedin, and other public and private platforms to recruit and onboard new expertise quickly for our customers.

The OnFrontiers difference is not simply the breadth of expertise of the platform, or the machine learning we use in the background to continually improve the process. The difference is that we create a context and marketplace for micro-consulting engagements to happen. Clients can immediately book consultations with the people that best match their needs. Experts, meanwhile, are incentivized to help. The model produces the right kind of results quickly and at a lower price point than traditional capture techniques.

The results: expertise and intelligence that contributed to a contract win

“OnFrontiers found somebody within 48 hours,” says Isaiah. “The expert had previously worked on book supply chain management and within the Ministry of Education and had existing relationships. That seems to me like a pretty spectacular result. It was surprising, for example, that the turnaround was that quick.”

Finding local expertise with the specific domain knowledge they were seeking helped Chemonics win the contract. To Isaiah, the process seemed exceedingly simple and solved a real need, quickly. “Okay, maybe through LinkedIn we can identify [an expert] and contact them and come to some sort of agreement with or without paying them,” says Isaiah. “But with OnFrontiers they’re already incentivized to provide really good input and help me get the information I need in such a short time frame. It is really quite remarkable. From that perspective, I really think that the service OnFrontiers provides is incredibly valuable.”

Advice for other contractors

“There’s no downside risk,” says Isaiah. “If they don’t find someone that you like you just doesn’t talk to them. I don’t know why other people aren’t doing this!”

Isaiah’s enthusiasm does not come solely from the above story, but from his prolific experience with the platform. Tasked with growth at Chemonics, Isaiah looks for efficiencies in his processes and comes back to OnFrontiers often with new searches. “Every time I come to OnFrontiers with a request, they find people who fit what I’m looking for. They exceed my expectations again and again.” In fact, at the time of this writing, Isaiah has a number of open searches on the platform for existing and future projects. OnFrontiers has become a crucial part of his capture toolkit.

Try OnFrontiers and see for yourself how we can match you with the expertise you need

Contact sales@onfrontiers.com to learn more about how to use the OnFrontiers platform to find you the expertise you need. Or if you’d like to read another case study, read about how Washington Business Dynamics used OnFrontiers to win and deliver on their first USAID contract and expand their capabilities into new areas.

Guidelines For Sharing Knowledge on OnFrontiers

OnFrontiers established simple rules to ensure a consulting environment that prioritizes confidentiality and security.  These rules recognize the existing constraints on information that experts can share with clients on consultations and opportunity calls. Our compliance framework allows experts to be valued for their knowledge and experience as well as it helps navigate our client’s information confidentiality requirements. 

Review the complete Expert Participation Agreement here.

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