Once you’ve started a business, there is no shortage of information that you can consume through blogs, podcasts, video and my personal fav – books.

If you have a business on the side or want to make this the year that you take action to start, the following list of books will help you learn how to…

  • Build a profitable business
  • Boost your confidence as a biz owner
  • Become a time Management Ninja

Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post for a special giveaway to receive one of the books on this list for FREE!


To Start and Build a Profitable Side Hustle read…


The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life by Kimberly Palmer

EconomyOfYouThe Economy of You discusses the growing movement of side hustling by sharing the stories of everyday folks who have created side businesses to liberate themselves from financial strain. Written by Financial Columnist Kimberly Palmer, the book also recounts her side hustle story after creating a successful Etsy shop by selling a series of financial planners. Filled with interesting studies of interviews with side giggers (the term Palmer uses to describe side hustlers), The Economy of You is packed with interesting tips on

  • How to figure out the ideal side gig for you
  • Ideas for keeping start up costs low
  • Advice on juggling your biz and full-time job
  • How to offer for free vs paid

BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide To Being Your Own Boss by Gloria Roheim McRae

byob-bookBYOB is a step by step blueprint on how to do what you love and get paid for it #likeaboss! In this inspiring manifesto for millennials who are searching for more, Gloria combines over a decade of professional experience, academic study and world travels in this info packed book on how to become your own boss.

Through sharing her own inspiring story of leaving a successful career in the corporate world and tips from successful entrepreneurs, each chapter offers practical and actionable tips on how to discover your life’s message, package and position your products and services, building your social media presence, mastering your mindset, selling like a boss and discover your brand.

Want a free audio sample of the book? Check it out below

Strengths Finders 2.0 by Tom Rath

strengthsfindersThe best side hustles are the ones that play to your strengths and with Tom Rath’s Strengths Finders 2.0 you’ll learn how to stop wasting time on what you’re not good at, and focus on what you do best.

When you purchase the book you receive an access code to take the Strengths Finders assessment quiz which reveal your top five strengths. Knowing this information you can learn how to maximize on the talent and skills that come naturally vs expending too much energy on things that don’t.

Create, Profit, Party! The Ultimate Guide to Passive Income by Sarah Morgan

profit-partyWhen blogger and web designer Sarah Morgan ditched her corporate job over two years ago, passive income was key in helping her make the leap. In her extensive ebook Create, Profit, Party, Sarah outlines how to create a passive income stream from scratch through products, affiliates and programs.

In addition to sharing her own launch strategies, lessons learned and tips from other entrepreneurs, Sarah’s book includes info on how to

  • Choose the best product for your audience
  • Create each program or product
  • Write sales pages and pre-sell your products
  • Choose an e-commerce platform
  • And more

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

startsomethingthatmattersIf you want to make difference in the world through your side hustle or passion project, you’re ready to Start Something That Matters.

Written by the Founder Of Toms Shoes Blake Mycoskie this book shares six keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. Best of all, with every book purchased, a new book will be provided to a child in need!


To Uplevel Your Mindset read….


The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

firestarter-sessionsWhile you won’t find step-by-step guides or strategies on how to launch your biz you’ll get something even better – the confidence and strategies to ensure that whatever you create is unapologetic and authentically you. Danielle Laporte’s Fire Starter Sessions reads more like a manifesto by reframing popular self-help and success concepts such as:

  • Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself.
  • Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
  • Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It’s the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it’s what leads to true fulfillment.

In addition to all of the empowerment goodness in the book, Danielle also created an awesome audio and video manifesto to inspire you to Make it Happen. I listen to this on the regular when I need a motivational boost. Check it out below

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

thinkandgrowrichNo entrepreneurial journey is complete without reading Think and Grow Rich at least once (or in my case half a dozen times). After interviewing more than five hundred iconic entrepreneurs of his time, Napoleon Hill summarizes the secrets of their success through timeless lessons that are still very relevant today.

If wealth and financial freedom is one of your goals, Think and Grow Rich shows how mastering our mindset is the key. According to Hill ‘wishes will not bring riches’, instead you need to be steadfast and focused on your desires and create a plan in order to achieve it.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

you-are-a-badassWith chapters such as ‘Your Brain is your bitch’ and ‘Fear is for Suckers’, You are a Badass is definitely not your typical self help book. Through hilarious and often candid stories of her own struggles, Best selling author and Success Coach Jen Sincero shares awesome insights on how to overcome self doubt, learn the power of forgiveness, gratitude, meditation, creating wealth and breaking through fear.

Note, if profanity isn’t your thing you may not like this book but if that doesn’t scare you away this is a great how-to guide to kicking ass in life and business.

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

bigleapThe Big Leap prescribes a blueprint on how to live in your Zone of Genius – the space where you feel energized and inspired by your life and create a career or business that uniquely expresses your true gifts. According to author Gay Hendricks “Discovering your Zone of Genius is your life’s Big Leap” yet what stands in the way of this is often our own fears. These fears are known as our Upper Limits and are four false beliefs that paralyze our growth and can even impact our health.

The Big Leap is a game changing book for anyone has ever desired for something more. Gay says it best with this line from the book “The problem is that a deep, sacred part of you will wither and die if you stay inside your Zone of Excellence. There is only one place where you will ultimately thrive and feel satisfied, and that’s… The Zone of Genius.”

Read this to learn how to push through the self limiting beliefs that may be preventing you from living the life and creating the business that you know that you’re truly capable of.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Gifts-ImperfectionIf you struggle with trying to make things perfect all of the time the Gifts of Imperfection is for you.

Think of this book as a manifesto for breaking free of trying to conform to ‘what you think should be’ and recognize that ‘who you are is enough’.

Using honest storytelling and Dr. Brown’s research, each chapter offers advice on how you can learn to DIG Deep in your life to get Deliberate with your thoughts and behaviour and learn how to embrace your imperfections and take action.


To learn how to Maximize Your Time & Energy read…


168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

168-hoursBecoming a time management ninja is a must when you’re side hustling and the book 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam helps us to re-examine our time from the 24 hours that we have each day to the 168 hours that we’re given each week.

This book introduced me to the power of conducting a time audit which helps you truly see where our time is being spent each daily. If you’re trying to figure out where you’ll squeeze extra time to work on your business or set aside moments for wellness and self-care, 168 hours is a great place to start.


If you want to make your side hustle your full-time gig read…


The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About it by Michael E. Gerber

e-mythIf you aspire to one day make your side business your full-time career, add the E-Myth to your reading list today. The E-Myth stands for the entrepreneurial myth and refers to the following:

  • The myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs
  • The fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

This book introduces the important concept of learning how to work on your business vs in it all of the time. If you aspire to scale and eventually make your side hustle your full-time gig, you’ll need to learn the difference and how to maximize your time so you don’t spend time on tasks that don’t require your energy.

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Chivon

Founder + CEO at Secrets of a Side Hustler
Chivon John wants to live in a world where individuals feel empowered to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for them. In 2014 she founded the Secrets of a Side Hustler community to inspire, educate and connect individuals who have or want to start a business in addition to their full time employment. You can connect with her at @chivonjohn