There is no way we could have started Restless without relying on the wisdom of others. Luckily for Viki and I, there are tons of books on the market designed to help with the hustle. But not all are created equal. Some are inspiring – but lack real, helpful tools. Others are too dry and convoluted to get through a chapter. And then there are those that combine genuinely relevant information into an accessible package. Below, you’ll find the books that have helped to get Restless where it is today, and can help you too, whatever your side hustle is.
Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestly
It’s never been easier to start a business online, but it’s also never been more crowded on the internet. This is a genuinely useful read that helps you figure out how to stand out from the crowd in a sea of online businesses. No one wants to launch a business and not be able to actually make the sale. Followers on social media are one thing, but turning them into sales is another. (Speaking of which, do your Restless friends a solid and subscribe today!)
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The title says it all, right? I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely how I want to feel – and be seen. And let’s be honest, starting your own thing is a deeply confidence-testing experience. Luckily for us, this book is more than a punchy title and motivational bible. It’s genuinely uplifting without being devoid of helpful information.
Body and Soul: Profits With Principles by Anita Rodick
An autobiography by the Body Shop Founder, this was on the top of my list before starting Restless. Despite our well meaning ideals, it’s pretty hard to be a business that follows through on its promises, but this book can help you figure out how.
Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal
As much as we’re all loathe to acknowledge that we’re likely to fail at some point in our careers, and especially when we take the leap of starting our own business, it’s important to move forward with our eyes open to the possibility. This book helps you to be prepared for the moments you don’t want to happen. Plus, a big part of starting a business is looking at what people who’ve come before you are getting wrong, and fixing it. The opportunity to learn from other people’s mistakes is valuable, so take advantage of it.
Good to Great by Jim Collins
I never thought I was a type A person before starting a business. Now? I’ll admit I lose sleep at night over the smallest of mistakes. In an oversaturated market, it’s not enough to be good. Which, I know, sounds pretty intense. But the thing is, whether you’re self funded or have investors expecting performance, you’re accountable to someone. Starting a business is never easy, and I’m here for a book that can help make the effort we’re putting in worth it.
The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon
In a departure from my attitude surrounding the previous book, this pick is all about working less to create more, and finding a career that actually works for you. What works for someone else is not necessarily the best for you, and Gannon knows that. This is especially helpful if you’re pursuing a side hustle but not quite ready to quit your full time job.