Best books for solopreneurs? Hmmm! I must admit I had great fun picking this collection. Like all solopreneurs, I, too, get waylaid by great books. I read as much of each of them as Amazon would allow and bought quite a few. I picked these titles especially because they are a medley of books for solopreneurs at various stages of their business. Plus, the authors are primarily solopreneurs themselves or have been consultants to solopreneurs. So they have a perspective that is genuinely valuable and field-tested. Nobody could know the struggles, joys, tricks, or techniques of solo success like these authors do. Enjoy!
- Money-Smart Solopreneur by Laura Adams
- Solopreneur Success by Sue Allen Clayton
- The Solopreneur by John Endris
- Keep Moving Forward by Kathryn Yarborough
- Your Creative Business by Angie Scarr
- Joyful Productivity by George Kao
- Making Money In Your PJs by Paul Strikwerda
- Free Tools for Writers, Bloggers and Solopreneurs by Karen Banes
- How To Feed A Starving Artist by David duChemin
- The Thriving Solopreneur by Janine Bolon
- Webinar Guide, Podcasting Guide and Solopreneurship by Adam Torbert
- The One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand
- Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda by Ken Evoy
- Perfect SoloPreneur by Hoz
- The Solopreneur Life by Larry Keltto
- The Fail-Safe Solopreneur by Darren Joe
- The Aspiring Solopreneur by Kris Kluver
- Company Of One by Paul Jarvis
VIDEO: Iris Smyth puts together her reading collection in “Become Your Own Boss: 5 Books Every Solopreneur MUST Read” (Must watch: 7:40 minutes)
In her own inimitable style, Iris Smyth says: “Do you want to become your own boss? In this video Iâm sharing 5 books you must read before starting a business. These are some of the top personal development books and entrepreneurship books every entrepreneur should read.” As a solopreneur, I find her collection to be really good. Hope you get to read these terrific titles too.
1. Money-Smart Solopreneur by Laura Adams
In Money-Smart Solopreneur, Laura Adams answers questions every aspiring and new entrepreneur has about creating a business and building a secure financial future. It’s a complete guide for what to do, critical mistakes to avoid, and how to start a solo business without taking too much risk.
Laura’s smart tips and chapter exercises include refreshing strategies for earning more, managing the unexpected, and reaching financial goals. You’ll come away empowered to build your full- or part-time solo business and create long-lasting financial security.
2. Solopreneur Success by Sue Allen Clayton
When it comes to comprehensive entrepreneur books, easy-to-follow money management books, or game-changing financial freedom guides that leave no stone unturned, Sue Allen Clayton’s “Solopreneur Success” stands alone.
Being one of the 25 million solo business owners in the United States, who has managed to survive and thrive through recessions, pandemics, and unpredictable market-changing events, Sue has decided to share her years of experience with you – the next solopreneur!
3. The Solopreneur by John Endris
Whether you are just starting your solopreneur business or just confused about all of the contradictory advice out there, this short indispensable guide will show you everything you need to know about operating your business. This is the ultimate cheat sheet for a one or two person business.
Ignore the fluff books that aim to convince you how you can have your own business. Instead, read one that shows you how to actually do it. Rather than Google around to find the key details you need to operate, use this book to find out everything you need in just a few sittings.
4. Keep Moving Forward by Kathryn Yarborough
In this book Keep Moving Forward: A Guide for the On Purpose Solopreneur, Kathryn Yarborough shows you how to interweave the spiritual journey of fulfilling your purpose while doing whatâs needed to grow a thriving on purpose business. Use the exercises in this book to discover how to grow the business your heart longs for!
Whether youâre a beginner or seasoned coach, energy worker, healer or other type of on purpose solopreneur, with this book you will learn how to manifest clients, move past the inner stumbling blocks of growing a business, and design a marketing strategy that works for you.
5. Your Creative Business by Angie Scarr
Turn your hobbies and talents into profit with this step-by-step guide for home-working creatives.
Starting your own craft business isnât easy and it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Even if youâve already started a business, sometimes you need help taking it to the next level.
From deciding what you want to make and developing your ideas, to branding and marketing your own small business, this book guides you through the entire process. It even shows you how to develop multiple income streams in order to future-proof yourself against unexpected global or personal events.
6. Joyful Productivity by George Kao
George Kao has been running a successful solopreneur business for 10 years, doing every part of his business — while working with balance, joy, and fulfillment. In this book, you will learn the most important lessons and tools he’s discovered in his decade of implementing joyful productivity into his life, and coaching hundreds of clients to do the same.
It’s not about hustle. It’s about joyful productivity, which brings focus and creativity in a way that is personally balanced and sustainable.
7. Making Money In Your PJs by Paul Strikwerda
Making Money In Your PJs is the new book by author and veteran voice actor Paul Strikwerda. Subtitled Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs, it offers a unique look at what it means to be and stay in business as a freelancing voice for hire.
Paul Strikwerda says: âEvery day, I see aspiring voice-overs treat their new dream job as a hobby and fail miserably. Itâs not as easy as it seems. People need more than pleasant pipes to make a living as a voice actor. They have to have business acumen in order to succeed. Thatâs precisely the focus of my book.â
8. Free Tools for Writers, Bloggers and Solopreneurs by Karen Banes
Are you running a freelance writing business, blog, website or other online business on a shoestring budget? This short, high-value ebook will point you in the direction of free apps, software and online tools to help with productivity, organization, social media management, content creation, and much more.
By the time you finish this book you’ll be able to do everything from checking your grammar, to creating an infographic, to driving free traffic to your blog or website, all using free tools, sites and downloads. The book contains links to all resources mentioned. A handy little reference guide you’ll keep on your Kindle or other device to refer back to again and again.
9. How To Feed A Starving Artist by David duChemin
How To Feed A Starving Artist is a book about money for creative people, people who donât want to talk about money, feel like they need to take a long, hot, shower when they do, but who need to get a handle on their finances so they can continue to do what they love with greater freedom.
This is an honest book about freedom. It promises no get-rich-quick solutions, just sound wisdom and actionable ideas to help you change the way you think and act in relationship to your money. Itâs a starting place for people who want the freedom, not to be rich, but to live their dreams and fill their days with the art and adventure they long for.
10. The Thriving Solopreneur by Janine Bolon
As a solopreneur, you want to work for yourself so that you can have more freedom with your lifestyle, more fun with your family, and more flexibility with your schedule. There’s never been a better time to earn more money by starting a part-time solo venture. But being your own boss can be also a challenge – or feel scary if youâve never been in charge of your own calendar before.
In The Thriving Solopreneur, Janine Bolon answers questions every solopreneur faces about creating a business and building a strong client base. It’s a complete guide on how to leverage your time for your part-time gig, so that you can make your side-hustle your primary source of income, given enough time.
11. Webinar Guide, Podcasting Guide and Solopreneurship by Adam Torbert
You can get an incredible return on investment, as a solopreneur, if you know how to host successful webinars and podcasts. Webinars are and podcasts are starting to be accepted more and more as a way of delivering value. Knowing how to use them for your business goals can be transformational.
There are three mini-books included in this one book:
- Webinar Training: Learn How to Make Money By Planning and Hosting High-Value Webinars Filled With Engaged Participants
- Podcasting 101: Beginner’s Guide to Discovering Your Niche, Creating a Podcast and Building and Growing a Profitable and Loyal Following
- Solopreneur 101: Learn How to Be Productive Without Burning Out As You Are Running a One-Person Show and Creating The Life You Want
12. The One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand
Imagine for a minute how your blog and business would change if you NEVER run out of blog post ideas. You know exactly what to create, when and what results itâll drive. Your offers (paid and free) become seductive magnets of YES! that readers cannot resist.
Every single piece of content has a purpose in growing your blog and business, sells your products and services for you and builds your online presence. Thatâs the power of a content strategy and the promise behind the âOne Hour Content Plan.â
13. Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda by Ken Evoy
“Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda: Turn Solopreneur Failure into Solopreneur Success” is the brilliant sequel to Sitesell CEO Ken Evoy’s earlier book “Why People Fail.” This is the type of unique work that can only come from someone with Kenâs unique background, along with 20 years of working with solopreneurs.
There is nothing online like this. Itâs something that every solopreneur should read. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the top minds in the solopreneurship space. Invest in yourself, and in your business, so that you, too, can turn failure into success!
14. Perfect SoloPreneur by Hoz
Today, everybody has the opportunity to create a brand and become a solopreneur (or an entrepreneur) leveraging the web. But the path is littered with traps and misinformation. Bad advice can set you on the wrong path and ultimately cost you years, or a lifetime.
Hoz, the author of this book, says: “For years, I listened to all the advice and bought all the tools I could get my hands on. I fell for more scams than I care to admit. It cost me a decade of hard work and put me in a lot of debt. While I canât give you a magic shortcut or a âsecretâ niche, I can show you what the Solopreneur path looks like, what it takes to cross it, and how to make sure you get to the finishing line without falling into a costly trap.”
15. The Solopreneur Life by Larry Keltto
It can be very difficult to find accurate information about what it’s really like to be a solopreneur. In The Solopreneur Life learn the truth about what it takes to succeed. Find out the actual strategies and tactics that work for successful solopreneurs.
The 42 solopreneurs featured in The Solopreneur Life come from around the world. Their ages vary greatly. Their level of experience as solopreneurs ranges from “just started” to veteran. They work in different industries. Taken together, their thoughts give us a snapshot of how to succeed and achieve happiness in the solopreneur life.
16. The Fail-Safe Solopreneur by Darren Joe
Running a business can be stressful, lonely and brutal on your mental health. And surviving alone – apart from a tribe – runs against our evolutionary heritage. Whether youâre a freelancer, creator or solopreneur, working independently requires a new set of skills to safeguard your well-being, so you can do your best work and fully enjoy your freedom.
After running a solo business virtually for 10 years, Darren Joe shares 6 field-tested practices to handle the inevitable failure, anxiety, instability and loneliness of solopreneurship. Each chapter centers around one key practice critical to survive and thrive being your own boss.
17. The Aspiring Solopreneur by Kris Kluver
It has never been easier to start your own business. But avoiding the many pitfalls can be a challenge. As a solopreneur, you need to think not only as an employee but also as an investor, manager, salesperson, bookkeeper, and more. But it is worth it. If youâre aspiring to be in control of your life and willing to do the research to successfully transition to your ideal life, Kris Kluver can show you the way.
In The Aspiring Solopreneur, Kris provides the tools you need to define success and to research and launch a spectacular solopreneur life. This step-by-step guide will help you identify success on your terms, research your idea, safely launch, and successfully transition into your new life.
18. Company Of One by Paul Jarvis
Company Of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way.
By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company Of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis.
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