The Best Business Books for Creative Side-Hustlers

The Best Business Books for Side-Hustlers, reading for creative business owners, Books for growing a side-hustle, Books for solo entrepreneurs

Something I love to read is business books. Sure I love to loose myself in a novel occasionally but I love being able to learn something new from a book (or audio book) and put it into action straight away. Growing a side-hustle is one of the biggest journeys of self-discovery you’ll embark on and there are some incredible books out there that can give you a leg up on this rollercoaster journey. 

I’ve taken so much from business books over the last few years, so I wanted to share my favourites with you. Most of these are available on Audible as well as in print. When I’m commuting or driving long distances I love to listen to my favourite podcasts and audio books, it’s one of the best ways to learn while you’re multi-tasking. 

Here’s a list of my favourite business books for side-hustlers 

Be a Free Range Human – Marianne Cantwell

This is the book that really got me thinking seriously about my side-hustle. It made me delve into what it was I really wanted to do with my life, not what I thought I should do. This book also inspired me to seek more freedom in my lifestyle. I’ve never been very good at working to the rules of a 9-5 office job and this book got me excited about the possibilities and opportunities that come from growing a side-hustle.

Rework – Jason Freid

This book is full of revelations about how the 9-5 corporate work week is completely outdated and how you can grow your own business with minimal investment and time. This book inspired me to just-start on the plans that were in my head and get prototyping. If you’re side-hustling this book is a great read for finding more efficient ways to build your business while revealing how outdated the 9-5 structure really is.  

There is a chance that this book will get you so fired up and frustrated with being stuck in a 9-5 that you’ll want to quit. It gave me the fire to focus on growing my side-hustle so that I could reduce my hours at work. 

Blue book in crumpled sheets - reading in bed

Playing Big – Tara Mohr

This book is just the loveliest and relevant for every female out there. Tara shares her coaching methods for helping women play bigger in their work and lives. There are so many wise words in here and lots of exercises that will help you understand where your fears are really coming from and how to approach them more objectively.

I also love the concept of finding your inner mentor that Tara talks through in the book. I’ve been referring to my inner mentor more and more recently, it’s such a powerful tool for finding the wisdom and answers you already have inside you.  

Being Boss – Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

I discovered this book before I had really got into the Being Boss podcast (which I now wouldn’t miss). Emily and Kathleen are a pair of business bad asses who have lots of wisdom to share when it comes to building a successful and sustainable business based on their own experiences.

In this book they share the tools and strategies that they use in their own businesses and what they’ve learned from interviewing tons of other business owners and experts on their podcast Being Boss.

Style Your Brand - Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist

Not only is this book completely beautiful but it also demystifies the basic principles behind business branding. The book takes you through figuring out which season or seasons your business falls into, a really simple concept that helps to make all of the tricky brand stuff like picking fonts and colours for your brand a lot easier. 

Open book on a sofa covered in blankets and cushions

You Are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

We all have baggage and different stories we tell ourselves when it comes to money. This will help you change your mindset around money and give you renewed confidence to start charging your worth.  

With journaling exercises throughout, this book is full of practical exercises that can uncover your money blocks and get you thinking about money in a whole different way. 

The Year of Less – Cait Flanders

Ok this isn’t strictly a business book but it got me thinking about the benefits of simplicity when it comes to life and business. Whether it’s decluttering your wardrobe or reducing the number of products in your online shop, simplicity in all areas of our lives, including business can help to clear our minds create more focus. 

The lifechanging magic of not giving a f**k

This book is such a goodie for side-hustlers, after all when you’re growing a creative business and don’t have bags of time there’s an awful to start not giving a f**k about. The comments you get from colleagues when you miss work drinks for the fourth time, the fear that comes with putting yourself out there, missing the wedding of an old school friend who you never really liked anyway.

I really recommend listening it on Audible to get the full hilarity of the book coming through. This book has some genuinely brilliant wisdom to share as well as being hilarious at the same time. 


There’s something so perfect about snuggling up with a new book isn’t there? I hope there’s something in my list that’s captured you eye. Happy reading/ listening.

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