• Faiza Yousuf

Fifteen books every Freelancer should read!

For freelancers or independent consultants, keeping themselves constantly up-to-date is one of the most critical parts of their workdays. Reading, researching, and learning is nearly as crucial as finding clients and pitching their services. The freelance space is massive and welcoming as we see consistent growth in numbers, both as new freelancers join the lifestyle and money earned. You can check some really cool stats here.


I have been working as a freelancer since 2012 but started my journey on Upwork in 2017. Currently, I am wearing multiple hats as a Senior Product Manager, Community Leader, Trainer, Writer, Cofounder of a Coding Bootcamp, and Director of a Career Acceleration Program. My work revolves around building technology products and helping more women to find space in tech and get high-paying jobs.


I read every day, and here are some of the books I recommend to every experienced or aspiring freelancer out there.


  1. Deep Work by Cal Newport

  2. Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

  3. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

  4. The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz

  5. Creative Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Very Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco

  6. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

  7. Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind by Dan Charnas

  8. The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully by Gerald M. Weinberg

  9. Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

  10. The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin

  11. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

  12. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

  13. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

  14. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  15. The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen


If you want to talk about anything related to Product, Freelancing, Curriculum Design, or Community building. Hit me up!


Happy reading and learning!

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