40 Remote Work Books For Your Home Office Shelf

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Every so often you read a book that makes you say “Oh, wow.” It’s changed the way you think about your work, your company, your time, or priorities. It’s both relevant enough to your life and tangible enough to implement. You fly through the book.

Whether you work from home or run a remote company, a major shakeup that only a book could provide is welcomed every so often. That’s the list we have below.

I asked 50+ people who work from home to share only their best, tippity-top book that’s helped them in their remote work environment. I got back a list of 40 books for remote work (you’ll see some people liked the same handful of books).

If you see the 👍  Henry’s Favorite mark, it means I’ve read it and highly recommend it.

Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates

Authors: Karin Hurt & David Dye

“Courageous Cultures” provides a road map to build a high-performance, high-engagement remote culture around sharing ideas, solving problems, and rewarding contributions from all levels.

Thank you to Karin Hurt, author of the book! and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, for sharing her book.

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Remote: Office Not Required

Author: Jason Fried
👍 Henry’s Favorite

“This was a book about remote working before remote working became cool – it teaches you why remote is the true future of work and how it benefits humans as a whole.”

Thank you to Dmytro Okunyev of Chanty for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen Covey
👍 Henry’s Favorite

“This book is an all round incredible read and essential for anyone who wants to be self motivated and be hyper aware of their principles and how to follow them.”

Thank you to Rhiannon Moore of Evopure for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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No Forms. No Spam. No Cold Calls: The next generation of account-based sales and marketing

Author: Latané Conant

“Revenue teams are at a crossroads: we can either hold on to traditional strategies and tactics that no longer serve us or our customers, or we can embrace the future of automation and tap into a world of new insights and potential; No Forms. No Spam. No Cold Calls is a treasure-trove of ‘how-to’ guidance and strategy with proven results.”

Thank you to Isabelle Papoulias of Mediafly for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz

“The Four Agreements helps me to be mindful of my perceptions and how they affect my relationship with others.”

Thank you to Marie Roker-Jones of Essteem for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Author: Tim Ferriss
👍 Henry’s Favorite

“It’s the original remote work book that disrupted the way we live and work and jumpstarted my own journey to become an entrepreneur so I can have more freedom, purpose and flexibility to work from anywhere, including the beach.” – Milena Regos of Unhustle

“Case studies in this book helped me set up a successful food blog which today has 50K daily visitors and 50+ social media followers.” – Samiksha S Rawool of Yummy Tummy Recipes

“A must-read for anyone who feels that work controls their life instead of the other way around, ‘The Four-Hour Workweek’ moves fast and is full of actionable steps you can take immediately.” – Brian Kantor of Pour My Party

“It teaches you how to work remotely, and how to be efficient at that – ideally with the aim to fulfill your goals faster so you can enjoy more time off work.” – Chris Kaiser of Click A Tree

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Author: Cal Newport
👍 Henry’s Favorite

“It is a timeless guide on how to produce high-quality work regardless of distractions and is becoming increasingly relevant by the day (with so many things to worry about in 2020).” –James Major of Insurance Panda.

“Cal Newport’s book on eliminating distractions in order to do our best and most thoughtful work has helped me learn that “multi-tasking” doesn’t actually work, and that in order to successfully work remotely, I need to zero in and focus intently on the tasks that really matter.” – Allison Green of Eternal Arrival

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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

Author: Austin Kleon

“Keep Going is an inspiring book with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in good times and bad.”

Thank you to Diana Griffin of Workman Publishing for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Author: Brian Moran 

“This book tells you how to tighten your focus and achieve more every 12 weeks. I’ve read it multiple times in print and audio – it is that good!”

Thank you to Bruce Harpham of SaaS Marketing Services for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

“Amid COVID-19, many people are tapping into interests that fascinate and fulfill them… Whatever the road ahead may look like for you, this book gives you the tools necessary to allow creative living to flourish within it.”

Thank you to Deborah Sweeney of MyCorporation.com for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business

Author: Michael Hyatt

“It inspires and motivates its readers to establish a blueprint of their success through the power of their vision.”

Thank you to James Pearson of eVenturing Enterprises for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Remotely Exceptional: A Playbook for Companies and their Remote Workers

Author: Kelsey Yurek

“I love it because it highlights how providing employees with a more flexible working style can lead the company to a new productivity level.”

Thank you to Tom Winter of DevSkiller for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Author: Brian Tracy

“I love this book because it teaches you to do the most difficult thing on your work plate first thing in the morning. Every other task after that becomes easier to tackle in comparison.” – Kaila Yu of NomList

“This book has a purely practical content. It’s a book on how to identify your important activities, prioritize the most important ones, start with the most important ones with a sense of urgency so that you do it quickly and well, and finally, allow yourself to put off the less important activities that Brian Tracy calls creative procrastination. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to get more done in less time and bring clarity to their working day.” -Simonas Steponaitis of Hosting Wiki

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Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Authors: Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright

“It can be hard to forge connections, a strong team culture and a shared purpose when no one interacts face to face, but these three things are essential if you want your team to thrive. Tribal Leadership may help you understand what went wrong and how to get back on track. Even though it doesn’t address remote work environments specifically, I think it’s more important than ever for managers to understand how to foster a healthy work environment.”

Thank you to Timothy Werth of Spy.com for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Author: Dale Carnegie

“These techniques and attitudes for handling change and uncertainty have since been rehashed and recycled by an entire industry of gurus. Cut out the middlemen and go straight to the original source.”

Thank you to John Bedford of Viva Flavor for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

Author: Anik Singal

“What I loved about this book was that it really took things back to the basics. It appealed to a lot of what we forget about or take for granted. It helps aspiring entrepreneurs really lay the foundation in key areas of scaling, and most importantly it speaks to the most valuable asset in your growth, human capital.”

Thank you to Sir Sanju Ganglani of gang&lani media for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms

Author: Denise Duffield-Thomas

“Written by a money mindset coach, Chillpreneur helps new remote business owners solve common mindset blocks that keep them stuck at the starting point and realize that there’s plenty of opportunity for them even when their chosen market appears completely saturated.”

Thank you to Dayana Mayfield Media for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Author: Tim Ferriss

“Tools of Titans is a great book for anyone looking to work remotely because it gives you concrete strategies to get to your highest work and output levels in all types of environments.”

Thank you to Stacy Caprio for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Authors: Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

“The ONE Thing provides a simple and effective strategy for completing big tasks, which is particularly effective in a remote working environment.”

Thank you to Mateo Chaney-Martinez of Smart Start University for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Author: Daniel Pink

“This book changed many of the fundamental thoughts I had about employee efficiency, company success, and company culture.”

Thank you to Zeshan Jeewanjee of One Day Event Insurance for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Making Remote Work Work: How To Work Remotely & Build Teams From Anywhere In The World

Author: Gil Gildner

“I like this book because it’s practical and easy to read and provides the relevant aspects and techniques that must be taken into account to make remote work work, with the right group of people, simplified processes and good communication that allows you to effectively manage and solve problems.” – Matthew Martinez of Diamond Real Estate Group

“This book gives you a detailed description of how to be successful in remote work, both as an individual and in a corporate setting.” – Michael Miller of VPN Online

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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

Author: Jen Sincero

“I love that this book shares the author’s humorous backstory in a way that keeps you laughing and inspires you to get over your fears around earning money.”

Thank you to Kari Sayers of Mompreneur Money for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Working Remotely: Secrets to Success for Employees on Distributed Teams

Authors: Teresa Douglas, Holly Gordon & Mike Webber

“I recently read Working Remotely and liked it a lot. The authors Teresa Douglas, Holly Gordon, and Mike Webber writes with the remote employee, which is refreshing when you consider that a lot of these books are penned for managers, business owners, and freelancers. Working Remotely discusses how to ward off toxic levels of loneliness, how to get what you need from colleagues spread across the world, and how to network and grow in your career when you are sitting in an office of one. Bottom line: Grab yourself a physical (or digital) copy of Working Remotely to help you survive and thrive as a remote worker.”

Thank you to Allan Borch of Dotcom Dollar for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Comparison Cure

Author: Lucy Sheridan

“It serves as a companion to help recognize and overcome the stress from social media.”

Thank you to Chris Norris of Sleep Standards for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life

Author: Judith Orloff, M.D.

Emotional Freedom helps people who are stressed out and discouraged as it offers a step-by-step way to change outlooks, alter behavior and cope with life’s challenges.”

Thank you to Sonya Schwartz of Her Norm for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Author: Mark Manson

“Besides having a title that just makes one want to find out what it’s all about, this book offers a seemingly counterintuitive approach to business and to life in general. Manson teaches us why and how to embrace failures and how to do it in a way that encourages and motivates others.

Thank you to Natalya Bucuy of LiveHelpNow for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Author: Charles Duhigg

“This book has immensely helped me changing some of my old habits that helps me cope in a remote work world much better and excel in my work.”

Thank you to Deb Pati of The Visa Project for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Authors: Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

“The Daily Stoic provides a guide for living life better in one-page, easily digested pieces that you read everyday.”

Thank you to Christopher Waltenbaugh of Payment Depot for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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Never Eat Alone: And the Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Author: Keith Ferrazzi

“Never Eat Alone is the best book out there when it comes to creating and leveraging a powerful remote network of personal and professional relationships.”

Thank you to Adam Sanders of Successful Release for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Author: Chris Bailey

“The challenge of staying focused on work tasks in a non-work environment is a difficult one for remote owners or employees, and The Productivity Project was the key to me learning how to harness my time, attention, and energy towards those tasks in a way that took advantage of my innate strengths.”

Thank you to Marie Ganzhorn for sharing this book for a remote work world.

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The Art of Working Remotely: How to Thrive in a Distributed Workplace

Author: Scott Dawson

The author, Scott Dawson, shares his story working from home for 20+ years as a web designer and developer in “The Art of Working Remotely.” 

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The Remote Revolution: How the Location-Independent Workforce Changes the Way We Hire, Connect, and Succeed

Author: John Elston

After a thirty-year corporate career and the launch of a successful startup, John Elston got rid of his office completely. He set out to work and build a successful company remotely from all over the world. He shares his insights in this book.

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Working From Home: Making the New Normal Work for You

Author: Karen Mangia

The author, Salesforce executive Karen Mangia, packs this book with specific strategies about how to work from home: how to set up your home office, how to avoid Zoom fatigue, and how to make an impact on your company without ever visiting the office.

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Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto

Author: Bryan Miles

Back in 2018, Bryan Miles predicted the future of business is virtual. Just a few short years later in 2020, and his prediction has already come true. “Virtual Culture” covers how going remote will save your company money, create an environment of trust with your employees, and increase productivity.

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Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers

Authors:Lisette Sutherland & K. Janene-Nelson

Lisette Sutherland is the director of Collaboration Superpowers, a company that helps people work from anywhere through workshops and training. This book is packed with first-hand tips, research, and strategies for working remotely.

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The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed

Author: Shannon Miles

The author, Shannon Miles, took a leap of faith to create a flexible career that fit her work and family goals. In this book, she outlines a path for working part-time at home for a few days per week.

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Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce

Author: Rob Biederman

This book is a guide to keeping your business at the front end of a rapidly changing global economy. The skilled workforce demands flexibility and more control over their work―things that the major corporations repeatedly fail to offer. Learn how to restructure your current company and strategy to grow even stronger than before.

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Working from a Home Office Successfully: Best Practice Tips

Author: Cecelia Jernegan

The author, Cecelia Jernegan, worked from home for ten years before writing this book. Inside, you’ll find a series of quick best practices and tips for working from home successfully.

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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Author: Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
👍 Henry’s Favorite

“Extreme Ownership” digs into the mind-set and principles behind Navy SEAL units. Each chapter focuses unique, specific tactics that can be applied to work and life. 

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The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

Author: Scott Berkun

Automattic, Inc., the company behind WordPress, is one of the original, fully-remote companies with over 100 employees. This book peels back the the layers of the remote culture at Automattic, and explains how it’s driven the incredible success of WordPress.

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