best work-at-home books to get started

Recently, many of my friends who are stay-at-home moms started looking for work-at-home jobs. Most of them don’t have a clue how to go about it, what to look for, and where to search.

Deciding to work from home is quite a big decision because it’s not the conventional way to work. To top it all off, if you are having a tough time just getting started, it’s pretty frustrating.

It was the same story for me eight years ago; I was totally lost.

But now with so many courses, books, and other resources around the web, you have loads of information to dig in and learn everything about working from home.

With so many questions from my friends and readers about different ways of working from home or the whole process of getting started, I decided to write a list of books/eBooks that can help you get started.

Dig into this post to find what interests you and gain all the knowledge about being a remote worker. I have categorized the books into different niches.

If you are just starting out and want to know what your options and possibilities are, these books can give you some direction.

The Side Hustle Path

The Side Hustle Path is the most practical book that gives you some real-life examples of regular people who have successful side hustles. Nick Loper is a self-made entrepreneur and a serious side hustler. If this book sparks your entrepreneur side, then you might want to check out Nick’s blog Side Hustle Nation.

This book is more aimed toward finding out which side hustles you want to opt for. A great book if you want to explore your options.

Killer Work from Home Jobs

This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is looking to apply for a big list of jobs. It has a HUGE list of job opportunities, and they are clickable taking you to the application page. Lee Evans, who is a career coach and a job search expert, is the author of this book.

If you are looking for specific job roles, this book might be the one. This list is HUGE, so you can definitely find what you are looking for.


9 Key Skills You Need to Work from Home
How to Search for Your First Work-at-Home Job
24 Legitimate Part-Time Online Jobs in 2023

Now for more niche specific books:

Make Money as a Freelance Writer

If writing is your thing and looking for a super helpful resource to start your writing career, then this is your book. Gina Horkey and Sally Miller have fantastic tips covering everything from tackling the fear of leaving your full-time job to practical steps to making $1000 a month with freelance writing.

Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business

Online businesses are taking off hugely these days, and if you are thinking of getting into this, then you need to look at marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress. If crafts or handmade things are your forte, then read this book to get all the ideas to turn your hobby into a business. This book has got a lot of editorial reviews and is a definite read for someone who wants to make it big with Etsy.

If you want to try Amazon or eBay for the selling game, then try these books: 101 Items to Sell on eBay and Amazon FBA: A Complete Beginner’s Guide. Both of these books have high ratings with great reviews.

The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More!

One of the most prolific work-at-home careers these days is being a virtual assistant (VA). This is an all-inclusive resource for you to start your VA business online. Lisa Morosky has lots of experience being a VA, and she offers valuable tips to start your VA career. She also covers some key points in the business like getting and keeping your clients. If you want to start this new career, this book can be an excellent guide to help you start.

Building a Framework

I am a blogger, and I know very well how overwhelming and confusing things can be when it comes to starting your blog. There are many things that you need to know. Abby Lawson’s eBook takes you through the whole process with actionable steps. Abby took her hobby to a thriving six-figure business in just two years and gives all her fantastic tips in this eBook. I highly recommend this book if you are starting out and want to go in the right direction with blogging.

Blogging is a great work-at-home option, and I am making a great income with it. You can start a blog with this easy step-by-step guide and start making money from home.

Jump-Start Your Work at Home General Transcription Career: The Fast and Easy Way to Get Started!

Transcription is another booming work-at-home career that has been around for a long time. There are many more things involved in being a transcriptionist than just typing. Lisa Mills is a pro when it comes to transcription; she worked as a medical transcriptionist for more than seven years. She wrote this book to help others get started in this work-at-home career. She has the most valuable tips for newbies to get started in general transcription.

Try these books to get some basic knowledge and start building your online business or hustle with a solid foundation.

About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, side hustler and a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...

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