”Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less” by Sam Carpenter
How many business professionals out there feel like they work too much and don't make enough? Chances are, this definition applies to most people in the business world. For those seeking a solution, Sam Carpenter has provided the remedy. Carpenter shows his readers how to re-orient their view of the world around them, and how to apply that new vision in a way that benefits their business. The idea is that instead of being overwhelmed by life, we can organize our perception into tidy linear systems that we can work on piece by piece. Instead of being beat by the system, Carpenter shows how we can take control of our lives and "work the system" in a way that works for us.
”The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future” by Chris Guillebeau
Author Chris Guillebeau aims to provide a blueprint for people who want to become "unconventional entrepreneurs," or entrepreneurs with no particular skill or business history, and who build thriving business on tiny investments, usually being less than $100. In spelling out this blueprint, Guillebeau goes through 50 case studies of businesses that were founded on tiny investments and that now earn $50,000 a year or more. This is a book for anyone who wants to turn their passion into their paycheck.
”The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss
Using personal stories and step-by-step instructions, author Timothy Ferriss shows readers that in order to live the kind of life you've always dreamed about, you don't have to be a millionaire - you just have to eliminate all of the clutter in your life and maximize your productivity. The basic concept of the book is what Ferriss calls the "80/20" principle: 80 percent of your productivity comes from 20 percent of your time, and the other 20 percent of your productivity eats up 80 percent of your time. From setting goals, to eliminating distractions, to outsourcing your life, to increasing job mobility, Ferriss provides a user's manual for living life the way you want to.
Each of these books embraces new ways of doing business, and together they show that you don't have to be rich and famous in order achieve your ideal lifestyle. With the help of books like these, you should be able to maximize your productivity, get out of the office, and live a fulfilling life as a modern-day "suitcase entrepreneur."