👋🏾 Sanjay and Natasha here, millions of entrepreneurs have no clue what to do with their limited time, energy, and money. We know how frustrating this can be because we've been there. Living paycheck to paycheck for several years, we were so focused on getting out of debt that we forgot about all the other opportunities along the way. In this post, we'll share 10 life-changing books (in no particular order) that will get you off the ground, turn your attention toward creating a sustainable future and provide inspiration for how you can get there.
These are the best side hustle business books we know about for those who want to get out of debt, start their own side hustle, kickstart a side hustle, or learn more about the world of online entrepreneurship. Most of these books were written by successful people in their own ways (some more than others). But all of them share one thing in common: a desire to help others who are just trying to get by. They recognize that sometimes the best way to help people is just by being yourself — just being you.
10 books to help grow your side hustle
1. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK
The 4-Hour Workweek is a book that got us revved to have an online business (side hustle) with passive income, meaning we're not trading hours for money. We love reading about how entrepreneurs are making money and affecting society, so we decided to use this blog as a jumping-off point to share my plans for building a business with passive income. Starting a blog from scratch is daunting, but it can become easy if you follow the right steps. Making a Living From Home (work from home or work from anywhere) without breaking the Bank was written for people who are already making money from home and want more. It'll teach you how to make money online from any location — from coffee shops to bed and breaks — and from any age group. This book got us revved to have an online business with passive income, meaning we're not trading hours for money.
2. ATOMIC HABITS
Are you looking for habits that help you focus and take care of yourself? Atomic Habits is a proven system for forming habits that work for you. You have to be willing to take risks, fail and learn from the process. But if you are going to succeed in becoming an entrepreneur, one of your most important qualities will be your ability to fail fast. Most people don't learn from their mistakes. They repeat them. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.
4. THE $100 STARTUP
The $100 Startup is a practical guide — a visual expression of the principles I have discovered working with hundreds of entrepreneurs worldwide. It offers simple, step-by-step instructions on how anyone can build a business with little money and almost no risk. Follow these guidelines, and you, too, can move forward with autonomy and purpose.
Gaining financial freedom isn't as easy as signing up for a credit card or taking out a loan. But it's not impossible, either. And your life will be better for having leaped. In this book, you'll discover how to make the most of your newfound financial freedom. You'll discover how to grow your money and build wealth. You'll make new friends and alliances. You'll build things - real things - out of your garage in Oakland, California.
5. PROFIT FIRST
Profit First: Your cash is your most valuable resource, and as such, it needs to be managed carefully. It should be put to work earning your income so that you can continue living comfortably without debt. Wolfgang Thomas wants you to be the Pumpkin Master of your own cash and out from under the yoke of consumerist society once and for all. The idea of lifestyle entrepreneurship is simple yet radical. You don't have to compromise your values or shut down your business in the name of saving money. Instead, use the power of money and behavioural science to create an unshakable combination that will endure as the modern-day equivalent of advances in technology and medicine. Profit First teaches you how to create profitable businesses on a tiny budget by starting with a handful of proven tactics and building your business from there. It's time to stop waiting for someone or something to give you money, start taking steps to generate it for yourself.
6. THINK AND GROW RICH
Think and Grow Rich: Steps to Success is an inspiring and action-oriented book written by one of the nation's leading entrepreneurs. This book shows you what it takes to reach your goals, no matter how big or small they may be. It covers how to take concrete steps toward achieving your goals as effectively as possible. It provides specific actions, not just opinions or strategies. This book was written with entrepreneurs in mind, but it could easily be read by anyone looking to grow their wealth and greatness.
7. UNFU*K YOURSELF
Unfu*K Yourself is a giant step toward getting off the regular self-improvement bench, which is encouraging when you consider just how many people feel overwhelmed by their own thoughts, behaviours, relationships and lives. It shows you can take action (even when you don't feel like it) and that there's a real chance you could have a better life. We believe in the liberating power of un-making decisions we don't agree with, of not letting fear or pressure keep us down. We were hoping you could think about all the things you wouldn't be able to do had you been discouraged about pursuing your dreams. And then do those things.
8. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK will change how you think about giving and getting help. Instead of wasting time on people who won't help you, learn how to let go and let others help themselves. It offers simple and effective techniques for turning thoughts into actions--for example, blaming yourself when things don't go as planned or focusing on what everyone else is doing instead of taking action toward your good. It shows you how to break free from self-defeating patterns so you can manage your finances confidently, effectively and successfully.
9. YOU ARE A BADASS
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life is the story of the author's battle with doubt and self-doubt, followed by process of discovery that led to greater success. It's a book for anyone who's ever been in a situation where they felt like their potential wasn't enough or where they felt like they knew everything but didn't have the courage or ability to act on it — large or small. It's for entrepreneurs, creatives, managers, executives, teachers — anyone who's seeking to improve their life in some way but finds it hard to square that desire with the reality of how it works in the world.
10. CRUSHING IT!
Crushing It: Starting a business is the ultimate act of will. It takes bold action, and — depending on the nature of your industry — it can also require creativity and persistence. In this book, Gary Vee looks at three ways that even the most determined entrepreneurs can crush it: strategically focusing on your weak spots, establishing a powerful personal brand, and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities and markets. This is not just advice for those who are already making big successes in their careers — it's also a practical guide for anyone who wants to take their business to the next level. Vaynerchuk writes in engaging, clear prose that is accessible to anyone regardless of age or position. He lays out all of the essential elements of starting an online business or side hustle in excruciating detail while providing actionable, real-world strategies for anyone who wants to start their own online business.
For many of us, the idea of starting a side hustle is terrifying. How can you justify the idea of working for yourself when the pay is so low? Moreover, it's hard to see that working for yourself is the only way to earn money by doing jobs for somebody else. But starting a side hustle can also be an amazing opportunity — especially if you have the resources available to help you accomplish your goals. If you want even more book recommendations to fuel your side hustle growth this year, check out our list of the best business books we've ever read.
In this ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET 101 GUIDE BUNDLE, you'll get the Entrepreneur Mindset 101 Guide, highlighting seven common problems that many entrepreneurs run into and how to solve them. With this guide, you will learn why scheduling your time is crucial to running a successful side hustle or business. By examining the topics, Start with Why and How to be exceptional, you will understand how to establish your brand and position yourself in a positive light with admirable qualities and leadership attributes. In addition, the section on optimizing your routine covers the benefits of weekly rituals like using Sunday as a day.