With the disruption of the workforce continuing unabated, many are now beginning to realise that old career paths aren’t as stable as they used to be.
At the same time, some have also heard about the rise of the digital nomad, who are professionals that use worldwide internet connectivity to complete work or run a business from anywhere on the planet.
Seeing pictures of them getting it done at beach bars on the other side of the world is enough to make others want to join their ranks.
If you wish to achieve this goal as well, reading well-written books will go a long way towards providing you with the knowledge needed to become a digital nomad.
Below, we will highlight seven books that will equip aspiring location independent professionals with the information that they will need in order to build a business or recruit a client base that will allow them to operate from anywhere in the world.
The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Although you could set out on your digital nomad journey without reading The Four Hour Work Week, you would be missing out on learning about the path that one of the pioneers of the movement blazed on his way to becoming location independent.
From the opening chapters, Tim Ferriss makes the case that retirement is an antiquated notion at best and that it would be best to focus our efforts on creating a lifestyle that allows us to use our time any way we see fit.
As you progress through the book, he lays out the groundwork for freedom-minded individuals to find their own way to location independence, all while peppering in success stories that will make you ask, “If these people made it happen, what’s my excuse?”
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Like the idea of a life of perpetual travel, but think that it is out of reach for you? Rolf Potts will shatter your perception of it being a fundamentally expensive endeavour by laying out how even those of meagre means can make it happen.
An efficient read at only 240 pages, Vagabonding delivers massive value by showing you how one can finance their travels with relative ease, adjust to life in a foreign country, deal with common frustrations, and cope with reverse culture shock upon returning home.
By reading this book, not only will you be convinced that this life is possible, but you will be better prepared for the realities of coping with cultural norms that differ from your own.
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Even if you plan on entering the digital workforce as a freelancer or remote worker, there are a number of tasks that you will now have to perform that was handled by your former company.
In essence, you are now your own business, so you need to act like an entrepreneur, even if you don’t consider yourself to be one.
While it only covers basic technical issues of working for yourself, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! acts mostly as a metaphorical kick in the butt for those needing a spark to get up off their duff and seek out opportunities that will ensure a long and fruitful career away from the 9-5 paradigm.
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
Unlike Crush It!, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman does get into the nuts and bolts of being in business for yourself.
Aiming to be a DIY substitute for those that are unwilling to shell out many thousands of dollars for a traditional MBA, it breaks down the basics of sales, marketing, negotiation, productivity, operations, and so on.
It also addresses issues that haven’t been adequately covered by staid academic programs that have changed little since the mid-20th century, which also makes it a valuable book for those that already have a business degree.
All things considered, this book is a must-read for all digital nomads.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Despite having time and mobility freedom, you’ll still need to please your remote employer, clients, or customers if you have any hope of sustaining this lifestyle in the long run.
To do this, you will need to internalise a philosophy of creating delight for everyone that you work with; in our opinion, reading Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is the quickest way to internalise these principles.
As the CEO of Zappos (which was acquired by Amazon in 2009), Tony applied lessons learned from the science behind happiness to improve relations with clients and employees.
As such, this read will also be valuable if you end up hiring outsourcers/employees, making it a great book to keep in your rucksack/suitcase as you travel the world and grow your location independent business.
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
Written by serial entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity is a guide that implores you to challenge the assumptions that society has laid out before you, and to life a live that fits you rather than shoehorning yourself into someone else’s mould.
Based on the example that Chris has set over two decades of self-employment, you can travel to every country in the world, volunteer to help make it a better place, work on that passion project, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You are the writer of your own play – not someone else.
Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
This book, by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime and anywhere in the world.
With 326 reviews averaging a 4-star rating and with high ranking on Amazon, proves this book is selling in the ten of thousands monthly. It can be downloaded as an e-book, purchased as a hard copy of audio file.
It explores the “working from home” model very clearly and will certainly give you food for thought, if you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad and is a must read.
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