Books

I am an avid reader and get through quite a few books in a year. I read a lot of books about startups, entrepreneurship and finance. These are the best of the bunch and well worth adding to your reading list

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Developer Hegemony: The Future of Labor - Erik Dietrich

This book really opened my eyes as a developer and has really pushed me to seek more flexiblity in the way I work. The 100 year old corporate structure really isn't fit for purpose when it comes to developers.

Given how much value a single developer (if they are good) can bring to a company, in many cases developers are not sufficiently paid for the work that they do.

Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup - Rob Walling

If you are thinking of launching a startup this book is a must read. This should really be the bible for developers starting a startup. Written by Rob Walling who is a serial entrepreneur himself, this book really relates to developers and covers topics such as our tendency to want to build something before seeing if there is a market for it.

Market, Marketing, Aethsetic, Function, read it, you can thank me later.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich - Ramit Sethi

Think of this book as a crash course for your finances. Although mainly aimed at the American market there is great advice in here for us Brits too.

The best advice in here is about automating your finances. I still use this method today and it has served me well. You will also find really good advice on investing, work and retirement.

If you haven't heard of Ramit before then his blog is a great read.

Think and Grow Rich! - Napolean Hill

A lot of the barriers to being successful are actually in your head. Think and Grow Rich is one of the original self help books and this version is not only annotated but also has additional content that is more relevant todays readers.

If you haven't read this influencial book yet I suggest you get this version.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income - Darren Rowse

If you are interested in making money from blogging then this is a must read. Darren Rowse is the brain behind ProBlogger and knows what he is talking about when it comes to making an income from blogging.

There are unfortunately a lot of fake experts in the blogging space but you can trust Darren and he has really delivered with this book.

Will It Fly - Pat Flynn

Another great book if you are thinking of starting a business. Pat Flynn goes through step by step how to validate a business idea and see if it is worth pursuing.

Pat made most of his money through affiliate marketing and has since gone on to create software and online courses. He blogs over at Smart Passive Income.

Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

All of Tim Ferriss' books are great and Tools of Titans is now exception. Filled with over 100 interviews from top performers this book gives a great insight into the tools recommended by the best.

Tim recommends you use this book as a reference manual as it is a pretty hefty read however I think it deserves at least one read through from the start.

Tribe of Mentors - Tim Ferriss

As with Tools of Titans, Tribe of Mentors is full of useful insights, tips and tricks from the world's top performers. You are bound to find something of interest in this book.

As with his other book you can either read it from start to finish or use it as a reference manual. As you can see from my book shelf it is quite a chunky book.

The 4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss

As with others the title of this book is what really caught my eye. I really enjoy my software engineering job but I would be lying if I didn't want to spend less time doing it and more time spending time with my family and on hobbies.

This book is the blueprint on how to live a semi-retirement now rather than later.

5 Day Weekend - Nik Halik

I have a lot of books on my shelf around making money on the side and working less. This book, although a little US centric has some great tips on how to move more of your income so that it is passive so you can start working less.

I am sure I am not the only one who likes the idea of a 5 day weekend.

The One Thing - Gary Keller

I tend to suffer from SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome). It is the tendency to move from one thing to the next without giving each thing your full attention.

I would like to think of myself as a serial entrepreneur but parallel entrepreneur would probably be a better description. This book covers how to focus your attention on The One Thing that is going to have the most impact to your life, business, health. Think of it as the 80/20 rule on sterioids.

The 7 Day Startup: You Don't Learn Until You Launch - Dan Norris

Many of the other books I have listed here give you advice on how to validate your idea before you build it. This book turns that approach on its head. In reality, no matter how well you research your niche or target market you won't know if you have a viable business until customers start paying you.

The advice in this book is clear, build it first but do it fast. You can always improve it when you have found the demand is there.

One Million Followers - Brendan Kane

Brandon Kane managed to get one million followers in just 30 days. Even though I doubt you will be able to do the same, the tips in this book did help me get my first 500 Instagram followers in one month.

If you are looking to grow a following this book is a great read and covers all the major social networks.

The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau

This book just goes to show that you don't need lots of money to be able to start your side hustle. This book has 50 examples of side hustles people have started with very little startup capital.

Not all of these examples you will be able to relate to and many, such as wedding photography no longer work in this COVID environment but you might find some inspiration for a side hustle.

Chris Guillebeau has actually written quite a few books like this, they all have a similar theme so I will just list them here if you are interested:

I have so many more books on my shelf that I still need to read so I suspect this list will grow.