I have read some really solid books on web development, being an entrepreneur, working remotely, and selling, and all of them have helped me to become a better freelancer. They have also helped me in discovering more things that I need to be doing and new ways of doing things. And I’ve gained new insight into things that I may not be able to find on a blog somewhere (maybe I just haven’t found the blog yet). Regardless, all of them have taught me things and I wanted to recommend them for your reading.
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Written by the founders of 37 Signals (now Basecamp), Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, this is the first book I read after I started freelancing. This particular book isn’t necessarily a book for a developer so much as it is a book for anyone looking to start a business or for someone who already has a successful business. Rework takes everything you currently know about business and turns it upside down. This book will definitely change your mindset on how you run things.
Remote is another book written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37 Signals, that focuses solely on remote working. It goes over the many benefits of working from home, and also details some of the challenges as well. It is a great book for anyone who is interested in full-time freelancing because it will show you what to expect when working from home. Another great thing about it is that you could use this book as an example to show your boss the benefits of working from home.
This book is a nice introduction to HTML and CSS, but it is also a nice refresher for experienced developers. In general, most bloggers will need to know some HTML and CSS just to get by and this book provides all you need to know. They use visual examples alongside instructive text to guide you and everything is laid out clearly. I’ve had this book since 2013 and I went through it when I was just beginning and starting to learn web development. Now I still look through it on a regular basis just to stay sharp.
If you’ve never heard of WebDevStudios, well I suggest you check them out because they’ve written the best books on WordPress. I develop websites exclusively on WordPress for my business, Laverty Creative, and used this book as a guide to learn more about WordPress and to create custom solutions on WordPress. It goes over both the fundamentals of WordPress and also digs into some of the more technical areas that you’ll need if you want to become a WordPress freelancer.
Another book from the minds at WebDevStudios, this book will give you a more in depth look at WordPress and how to extend its functionality to meet yours or your clients needs. It goes over fundamental elements of WordPress and also covers WordPress hooks, Custom Post Types, the Shortcode API, Cron, and Multisite among other things. It is a great book for those who want to dig in deeper to WordPress.
This is a great book written by John G. Miller and it is about personal accountability and exploring questions based on the original question. Do you find yourself blaming, complaining, or procrastinating? This book aims to eradicate that and make you accountable. If you are struggling to get motivated, this will give you a good boost and hopefully change your ways.
A true guid to selling, this book will definitely help you make sales. There are people who swear by it and use it on a daily basis. I have it in my bag at all times. It is a definite eye opener on selling, but more importantly on why people are buying. Understanding why people are buying, well help you sell and this wonderful little book provides exactly that.
Have some more suggestions? Please leave comments below on books that you feel would benefit freelancers.