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15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

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15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Starting a side hustle is no easy task; trust me, I know. There are so many things you have to do. There is planning, networking, strategizing, and convincing people to work with you. What if there is a place you can go to learn all the things you should do when starting a side hustle. It will make things easier for you.

Well, fortunately, there is, it is called Business Books. In this article, I listed out the best Books on side hustles.

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Key Highlights

 🎯 Reading books is a great way to level up your knowledge.

 🎯 Books are one of the cheapest forms of education, and it has one of the highest returns.

 🎯 No matter what you are building, business, or side hustle, try learning from experts and success stories.

 🎯 Reading books gives you ideas, mistakes made, strategies, and so much more.

SEE ALSO: 6 Ways to Test Your Side Hustle Before Going Full-Time

SEE ALSO: 15 Side Hustles That Make A Lot Of Money Without Selling Your Soul

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1. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.

Deep Work - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

This book talks about being focused in a distracted world. The goal of Deep Work is to teach you how to acquire the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.

Deep work also teaches you how to achieve more in less time. If you want to be more productive and increase your focus, read Deep Work.

 Published: 5 January 2016

Author: Cal Newport

2. What If It Does Not Work Out? How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life by Susie Moore

What if it does work out - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Fear is a common attribute new and old entrepreneurs share. If you are afraid of starting a side hustle, you are not alone. This book by Susie Moore encourages you to build your side hustle despite the fear. It tells you to turn your talent into a lucrative money-making side hustle.

 Published: 15November 2017

Author: Susie Moore

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3. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income In 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau.

Side Hustle - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Chris Guillebeau is also a New York best-selling author for the $100 Startup. The idea and process of starting a side hustle can look too much for some people. This book shows you how to launch a side hustle in 27 days. This book breaks into steps,

  •  the process of setting up your side hustle
  • getting paid.

 Published: 19 September 2017

Author: Chris Guillebeau

4. Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job by Brad Feld and Dr. Sean Wise.

Startup Opportunities - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

For those of you that have been wondering should I quit my job and focus on my side hustle, this book is for you.

The question, “Is it time to quit my job” Is a question that people with successful side hustles ask themselves.

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This book helps you answer the question and tells you how to raise early VC capital.

 Published: 5 March 2015

Author: Brad Feld and Dr. Sean Wise

5. Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How you Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuck.

Crushing it - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

If you don’t know who Gary Vaynerchuck is, you are not a modern Entrepreneur. Gary Vee shares lessons and inspiration from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs on building a business.

 Published: 30 January 2018

Author: Gary Vaynerchuck

6. The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden.

The motivation myth - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

There is a quote that says;

 “Motivation is just 1% to an entrepreneur’s success”. This book by Jeff Haden teaches you about finding and maintaining motivation to achieve great things.

This book teaches you that even if we like to think high achievers are born differently, there are not different from us.

 Published: 9 January 2018

Author: Jeff Haden

7. 100 Side Hustle: By Chris Guillebeau.

100 Side Hustle - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

The New York bestseller, Chris Guillebeau, is the author of this book. In this book, Chris Guillebeau features 100 tested side hustles. This book is a case study that he collected from his podcast, interactions with people, and features jewelry makers, website founders, food truck bakers, and more.

 Published: 9 June 2019

Author: Chris Guillebeau

8. The 4-hour Work Week: by Tim Ferris.

The 4-hour workweek - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

If you are a 9-5 employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your business, you need to read this book.

The 4-hour workweek shows you how to escape being trapped in your work and business. Tim Ferris shows you how to outsource your work and leverage other people’s time.

 Published: 24 April 2007

Author: Tim Ferris

9. Side Hustle Millionaire: How to Build a Side Business That Creates Financial Freedom by Tony Whatley.

Side hustle Millionaire - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

This book by Tony Whatley teaches you how to structure your side hustle so you can expand it when the right time comes.

Most big businesses today started as a side hustle. You can never know what your side hustle can grow into tomorrow, so you should build it like you will expand it one day.

 Published: 18 May 2018

Author: Tony Whatley

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

The freelancer's bible - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Just as the name says, this book is a beginner’s guide to freelancing. About one-third of Americans are freelancers, which means they don’t have all the benefit that comes from a full-time 9 to 5 Job unless they pay for it themselves.

The Freelancer’s Bible shows you how to start a side hustle and navigate the Freelancer’s world.

 Published: 23 October 2012

Author: Sara Horowitz

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11. Don’t keep Your Day Job: How To Turn Your Passion Into Your Career, by Carthy Heller.

Don't keep your day job - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Another book that teaches you how to know the right time to quit your day job and focus on your side hustle is this book by Carthy Heller.

It answers the question, “when should I quit my job?”.

 Published: 12 November 2019

Author: Carthy Heller

12. The Ultimate Side Hustle Book: 450 Money-making Ideas by Elana Varon

The Ultimate side hustle book - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

The idea of making extra income on the side a month is one most people share. Extra income every month can help pay for some bills or can help you save and invest more.

This book compromises 450 Ideas you can use to make money. This book shows you many money-making ideas available; all you have to do is pick one.

 Published: 4 December 2018

Author: Elana Varon

13. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum

Hustle- The Power to Charge Your life with money - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Hustle is a book authored by three very successful entrepreneurs.

Jonas Koffler is a creative media consultant, producer, and writer. He advises leaders, creative artists, and huge startups on innovation and strategy development.

Neil Patel is an entrepreneur, analytics expert, and investor. He is the owner of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar. He also advises companies on how to grow their revenue.

Patrick Vlaskovits is a New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur. He is the author or co-author of books like The Lean Entrepreneur and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development.

These three brilliant entrepreneurs came together to write this book. This book teaches you how to break out of the 9-5 lifestyle and make your dreams a reality.

Published: 8 September 2016

Authors: Jonas Koffler, Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits

14. The Side Hustle: How to Turn Your Spare Time Into $1000 by Nick Loper

15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

If this is your side hustle, this book is a must-read. In this book, Nick Loper shows you how to make $1000 in your spare time.

Published: 22 April 2019

Authors: Nick Loper

15. $1000 100 Ways: How Real People Make Real Money on the Nick Loper

$1,000 100 ways - 15 Must-Read Side Hustle Books for Visionary Employees

Like I always say, there are many ways to make extra cash. This is another book sharing ideas that can bring you an extra income every month. This book is the second book by Nick Loper on Side Hustles.

Published: 20 July 2021

Authors: Nick Loper

Final Thoughts

Do you know one in five Americans has a side hustle? Having proper knowledge about starting and building a side hustle is very important. There have been stories of million-dollar companies starting as a side hustle. That is why you should build your side hustle the right way.


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