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 100+ 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 70 books for remote work (you’ll see some people liked the same handful of books).
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Here’s your filtered library. Enjoy.
I’ve been running a fully remote marketing agency for about five years. It took many years to learn how to work together virtually and run a profitable company. “Distributed Teams” helps to skip that learning curve with practical, implementable advice for distributed teams. (You can find the first version here.)
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Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
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.
Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates
“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.
“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. You’ll see that “Remote: Office Not Required” is at the top of the Read This Twice list, noting it’s been recommended by Richard Branson.
Thank you to Todd Ramlin of Cable Compare for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Author: Stephen Covey
Thank you to Rhiannon Moore of Evopure for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
“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
“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
Thank you to Diana Griffin of Workman Publishing for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Bruce Harpham of SaaS Marketing Services for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business
“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.
Thank you to Tom Winter of DevSkiller for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
“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.
Thank you to Mateo Chaney-Martinez of Smart Start University for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Zeshan Jeewanjee of One Day Event Insurance for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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
Thank you to Kari Sayers of Mompreneur Money for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
Thank you to Chris Norris of Sleep Standards for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Sonya Schwartz of Her Norm for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
Thank you to Deb Pati of The Visa Project for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
Thank you to Adam Sanders of Successful Release for sharing this book for a remote work world.
“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.
The Remote Revolution: How the Location-Independent Workforce Changes the Way We Hire, Connect, and Succeed
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.
The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Thank you to Domantas Gudeliauskas of Zyro for sharing this book for a remote work world.
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.
Thank you to Kerry Wekelo, the author and COO of Actualize Consulting, for sharing her book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Brianna Parks of Brianna Parks Photography for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Mark Coster of STEM Toy Expert for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Amira Irfan of A Self Guru for sharing this book for a remote work world.
The author is a retired Captain of a nuclear submarine, and the book is focused on how he created a culture of accountability and responsibility, which is critical not only in the high-pressure and high-stakes situations his crew faced, but also in remote work environments where leaders can’t closely observe what their reports are doing all the time.
Thank you to Alex Willen of Cooper’s Treats for sharing this book for a remote work world.
This book provides clear, actionable advice on how to implement new habits and increase productivity in today’s distraction filled world.
– Becky van Dijk
Remote work requires change; this book makes it easy and attractive to implement those changes in your life.
– Niels Janszen of Road to Remote Coaching
Atomic Habits is an indispensable book for working in a remote environment because it helps reshape the way you think about progress and gives you the tools and techniques to transform your habits and maximize your productivity.
– Dahlia Lilleslatten of North Street Creative
Thank you to Brigette Soto of Your Dream TC for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to David Reischer, Esq. of LegalAdvice.com Corp. for sharing this book for a remote work world.
The remote work path can be challenging at times, so why not take the chance to connect to our higher selves? The spiritual insights that this book brings applies perfectly to any person who seeks success in life.
Thank you to Danilo Godoy of Search Evaluator for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Stewart Dunlop of Linkbuilder.io for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Tom Winter of DevSkiller for sharing this book for a remote work world.
It is a month by month guide to a business that gives results. At the center of every new start-up are a big idea and an individual (or individuals) with the thought of being his or her own boss. Business expert Melinda Emerson knows as much and that’s why she’s produced this helpful book.
Thank you to Holly Zorbas of CreditDonkey for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Highly Sensitive And Seriously Stuck: Part 1 – Overwhelm: A Hands-On Survival Guide For Soul-Based Entrepreneurs
This book will CHANGE YOUR LIFE with practical, action items to minimize digital distraction and reduce overwhelm (which is critical these days, even if you don’t identify with the ‘highly-sensitive’ or ‘soul-based’ identifiers.)
Thank you to Melissa Slawsky for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Blitzscaling is not always about spending large amounts of money to drive speed – its also when an outside event causes everyone else to move at a slower pace and you are able to continue at normal speed – so its relative.
Thank you to Dr. Jo Webber of POD.io for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thought-provoking and actionable, Mike Michalowicz’s Clockwork will inspire you to take a closer look at your existing systems, team members and their roles, and the potential road blocks in your way.
– Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation
This book is pivotal in creating true systems so that your business can operate without you — perfect for a remote company.
– Brooks Conkle
I packed this book with solid advice, interviews and case studies from well-known companies who were already using virtual teams in their business model and their lessons learned for building, leading, and sustaining a highly productive virtual workforce.
Thank you to Tara (the author) of Powers Resource Center, LLC for sharing her book.
I’ve used this book as a reference for leaders when I train them on leading remote teams and it’s even more timely now!
Thank you to Laurie Battaglia of Aligned at Work for sharing this book, as well.
Thank you to Anjela Mangrum of Mangrum Career Solutions for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Debbie (the author) of Nodus for sharing her book.
The book offers great insight from the Netflix Founder to build up the company’s culture from the early day to now. Lots of great tips in building a great team and culture, such as hiring type A talents and giving them as much freedom as possible to pursue the work.
Thank you to Jill Sandy of Constant Delights for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Weldon Dial of Gravy Solutions for sharing this book for a remote work world.
It is based on real-world experience because Lary created a virtual company of 1000 people 20 years ago. If you are planning to start or run a virtual business, I highly recommend reading this book.
Thank you to Simon Dwight Keller of SDK Marketing for sharing this book for a remote work world.
This book is essential for all the managers and the team leaders working with remote teams, as it gives 17 actionable tips on how to establish trust with your team, get things done and improve your team’s engagement.
Thank you to Hamna Amjad of Physicians Thrive for sharing this book for a remote work world.
This book teaches you how to be resilient, and find solutions even when faced with a totally novel problem. It also contains numerous “field notes” that share how normal people have applied the principles in the book successfully.
Thank you to Angel Pretot of French Fluency for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Home is the one place where you can relax and exhale after a long day at work, but since you are now working from home, you will need new measures to ensure that you are still able to slow down, breathe and enjoy life – that’s where Hygge comes in.
Thank you to Geninna Ariton of Trendhim for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Dimitris Tsapis of Retail CRM Cloud for sharing this book for a remote work world.
We live in a digital society now, so this book is applicable to anyone, anywhere, no matter the age or the industry, it’s an excellent way to get started if you have no idea how to get a remote job.
Thank you to Sean Nguyen of Internet Advisor for sharing this book for a remote work world.
For remote work, this book is a must-read. Teamwork and communication are a must for anyone working remotely and this gives a great way to score your teamwork now, ways to build on it, and learn more about how to contribute to the team.
Thank you to Catherine Way of Hard Money Lenders Arizona for sharing this book for a remote work world.
Thank you to Ahmed Mir of Sip Coffee House for sharing this book for a remote work world.
When I was too occupied with my work life and couldn’t give time to my sweet family, this book taught me work-life balance and left me with ample time for myself and my family.
Looking for some other useful resources about working remotely?
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