Working from home has become a trend more than a decade ago. While it clearly represents everyone's dream, the truth is lots of people still have no clue how to secure a good job and do everything from home. Most of them would assume working from home has something to do with sketchy activities, such as completing forms, doing surveys or other insecure activities – only a misconception. Freelancing is a real thing in 2021.

While some people have worked from home over the past year due to the pandemic, in reality, many freelancers travel around the world and get the job done remotely whenever they have the opportunity. Whether you are still trying to find the perfect job or you need an insight into this trend, here are some of the best working from home books to get some ideas and educate yourself about methods, how-to and you will get some really fancy ideas.


One Dollar System, by Dragos Iatan

The general idea of this book is fairly simple to understand. Come up with a product that is worth $1 to someone else – an application or perhaps a short electronic book. Now, imagine a marketing scenario for that product. Instead of having one customer, imagine thousands of people interested in it on a monthly basis. This is when money comes in and a simple math calculation will make you feel great.

Decades ago, people were limited in terms of business because the Internet was out of the discussion. These days, there are four billion people who could be your potential customer. Build something around your passion and push it in the right direction – sooner or later, you will find one person who is interested in it. You will find a niche, a market.

This book will teach you how to make this product based on your passion. Find the right idea and build around it. Come up with online memberships, as well as a growing strategy. Get the first customer in – this is the hardest part. Grow your community, improve your products and promote your platform. At the end of the day, $1 is nothing – the number of customers is what makes the difference.


Working From Home, by Karen Mangia

This is one of the few freelancing books out there that comes from someone who has actually done it right – someone with a powerful career. Karen Mangia is a sales force executive who certainly knows what she is talking about. She aims to help readers build the future of work (at some point) in any type of space out there – home, a garage or a holiday cottage.

Time management is deeply personalized, while productivity can be harvested with the right practices and consistency. Discover how to make an impact and maintain a balance even while wearing your pajama pants. Discover more about the potential risks as well, such as isolation and burnout – things that can be easily handled with healthy practices.

This book explains how random places can become the ideal remote working environment. The advice is not general, but practical – it goes into small details. You have concrete strategies that can be implemented as you read the book and prepare for your upcoming career. If you thought it cannot be done, this book will be an eye opener for your mindset and will prepare you for a great future.


Work Together Anywhere, by Kirsten Janene-Nelson and Lisette Sutherland

Work Together Anywhere is among the most practical working from home books. It shows how teams in any industry can work together in a very effective manner – directly from home. Telecommuting is a major key these days. Businesses save money and resources, while employees love the opportunity to work from a familiar environment – more independence and satisfaction.

However, this win-win situation is not suitable without the right strategy. This book brings in a hands on approach on how to thrive in a remote workplace. Explore direct tips and tricks, as well as advice on how to interact with others and optimize the success of your team. The advice is highly actionable and cultivates productivity and agility in a slightly unusual, yet more comfortable environment.

All in all, whether you are part of a team or you lead it, learn how to establish a remote office to keep your productivity high, craft team agreements, run effective meetings and facilitate excellent communication practices. You can apply the advice as you read the book – by the end of it, you will find yourself at a completely different level.


Remote, by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Working from home is definitely a phenomenon and more and more people aim to get there, but most of them have no clue where to begin. Sure, some jobs – mostly office jobs – allow working from home and can actually provide a better experience than in an actual office. But then, this book aims to educate on more than just how to begin this beautiful adventure.

The first part shows why many companies across the world try to implement this technique. There are benefits on both sides. People like working from home – ideally, they should be able to set their own schedules too. Companies save money – office rental costs, insurances, utility bills and so on. Plus, there are many ways to keep an eye on employees and ensure they get the job done.

The trend these days is to move work to workers, rather than bring workers to a different workplace. From many points of view, this book will not bring in any practical advice on how to do it right. But it explores various possibilities and it seems like an excellent option for team managers or business owners who are not convinced about it yet.


The Art Of Working Remotely, by Scott Dawson

This is one of the best working from home books out there because it provides an easy approach to this opportunity and can actually make it happen – depending on the job, of course. People are not really taught how to get the job done by the book in a distributed environment. Of course, they get some training, but this is not everything.

The main question is – can people perform their tasks without being physically there? Can they do it without social interaction? This is why many individuals fail in working from home. While the environment is familiar, the truth is they are not trained to work in it. They relax in there, so to do the job right, they must train themselves.

Whether you want to work from home, a café or your backyard, this book will give you everything you need to know. It will teach you how to do it by the book, set the right workspace and keep your productivity high, without being distracted by other things – TV, music, family, pets and so on. It gives you the education you require for effectiveness in a distributed workplace.


The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

This book was a hit years ago, when it first came out. The question is – is it still relevant today? Absolutely. The author has spent many years trying to figure ways to become rich in a new manner – as in being able to travel, dance tango in South America or race motorcycles around Europe. He has revolutionized the idea of freelancing and shared his discoveries with anyone who wants to do the same.

Now, what are you going to learn from this book? First, you can learn how many artists can travel the world while still working – no need to quit your job. Second, he underlines the importance of outsourcing life to overseas assistants for a fraction of what he was paid. Discover mini retirements and how to take advantage of them, as well as the difference between relative and absolute income.

Apart from revolutionizing the working industry, the author also targets other aspects related to remote working. Practically, you can learn how to get cheap or free housing around the world, as well as inexpensive traveling fares. All these aspects turn the book into one of the most relevant freelancing books on the market.


Stop Thinking Like A Freelancer, by Liam Veitch

Freelancing is not an easy job – no doubt about it. The income feels unstable and while you can trick the system and avoid some taxes, what are you going to do when you grow old? This book aims to show you the more difficult part of freelancing, as well as the reasons wherefore lots of people overlook this opportunity.

Now, should you decide to move on, the next part will help you achieve the freedom that you have always dreamed about. Freelancing will always begin slowly. It is a slow paced environment. However, the author aims to show you ways to become better. This month, you must generate more than in the previous month and so on. It is a constant growth that demands consistency.

The book is written from an honest point of view and aims to make the freelancing industry more stable. It will beat cycle, multiply the exposure and help you predict your income. Learn how to have clients find you and work less while achieving more. It is basically a freelancing guide that will assess and solve all the potential problems.


Transforming The Remote Work Experience, by Melanie Gass

Melanie Gass aims to underline the benefits of working from home, as well as the drawbacks associated with this experience. People who have worked from home during the pandemic know what it means. They miss getting out of the house, having small talks with their colleagues or having lunch together – it can be a lonely experience, no doubts about it.

Working from home may seem cool at first – do it in your pajamas, wake up half an hour before work, have a tiny break whenever you feel like. However, frequent interruptions from family or pets can be annoying and will reduce the productivity. It is also distant and it will certainly make you feel alone. Is there a way to overcome all these?

Absolutely. This guide will provide lots of tips and tricks to transform your workspace and feel just like in work – a bit more comfortable though. Sure, the author will also mention a few programs one can use to ease the experience, but they are irrelevant – lots of apps and softwares out there for conferences anyway. The tips and ideas to make the workspace lively are the factors behind the success of this book.


The New Corner Office, by Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam has spent about two decades working remotely, so she is obviously advising people based on her personal experience what she is talking about and she knows the tricks to turn your Netflix or gaming corner into an effective workspace. How can you keep the focus and how do you keep the productivity high?

The key is in retraining yourself. Working from home is different and implies a completely different approach. You need specific habits to adapt to the new environment. The trend is not given by the recent pandemic only, but many successful people have built their careers based on perfectly planned work from home routines.

The author will teach you how to manage your tasks, rather than your time. She will also teach you how to get the right rhythm for maximum productivity – and possibly the option to work less for better results. Finally, discover how to nurture connections and ensure you no longer feel lonely. What else can you ask for?


Top Home-Based Job & Business Ideas for 2021, by Gundi Gabrielle

Gabrielle collected a bunch of home business and freelancing ideas in her book. The collection describes these “jobs” one by one based on the skillset the readers has.

Most of the jobs could be done remotely like doing tranlation or music reviews, but there are ideas that are connected to your own place, like doing a micro-hotel or pet day care. Overall if you need pure ideas this book could be a good read.

Several weeks ago we also wrote an article connected to remote working ideas.

Conclusion

Bottom line, these are some of the best rated working from home books. Obviously, the list could go on – there are many more guides out there, but these books do stand out in the crowd. They provide a detailed approach on how to ease this adventure and gain as much as possible from it without making any major changes to your lifestyle – no sacrifices or compromises either.