Five best books for freelancers

January 21, 2016
Five best books for freelancers

Working freelance can be a liberating experience, but it can also be extremely hard work. It’s not unusual to feel alone at times as a freelancer, but when those moments strike remember that there is a wealth of resources out there from other people in just the same position as you. Here are five of the best that we’ve come across. 

The Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris

Considered by many as the ultimate freelancer resource, The Four Hour Work Week provides a vast array of hints, tips and insights to help you manage your time better, reduce the stress of freelancing and increase your profits. No freelancer should be without a copy of this book!

Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono

In short, Six Thinking Hats enables you to make better decisions by viewing situations from multiple perspectives. It’s about thinking things through from different angles in order to help shape and hone your decision making skills – something which is great not just for freelancing but for many other areas of your personal and professional life. 

Brilliant Freelancer, Leif Kendall

Happiness, productivity and profits are the goal of this book, which is ideal for newbie freelancers and those who’ve been freelancing for years. The book is packed with ideas and with useful case studies, which help to show how the ideas work in real life. A great motivational tool. 

Freelancing for Dummies, Susan M Drake

Although written to aid complete beginners, Freelancing for Dummies is actually a useful resource even for seasoned freelancers, as it is packed full of hints and tips to improve your organisation, client relationships, money management and so much more. 

The Freelance Translator’s Handbook, Naya Lizardo

No freelance translator should be without this book! From improving and growing your business to setting prices and enhancing your marketing, this resource offers advice and guidance specific to the unique situation that freelance translators are in. 

Final thoughts

What has been the most helpful freelancing book you’ve read? Why did that one stand out from the others? Let us know via the comments. 

By Ofer Tirosh

Ofer Tirosh is the founder and CEO of Tomedes, a language technology and translation company that supports business growth through a range of innovative localization strategies. He has been helping companies reach their global goals since 2007.



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