The modern workplace is changing. Work-at-home fathers are becoming more common and it’s now perfectly acceptable to work from home whilst raising a son or a daughter. They have many of the same problems as work-at-home mothers, and that’s why we’ve combined ten essential reads for work-at-home dads (and moms).
1. Quitter – Jon Acuff
Quitter will show you how to get to your chosen goal. This should form the foundations of your reading because it’s extremely generalised and concentrates on the principles you need to develop to be successful when working from home.
2. The Other 8 Hours – Robert Paglierini
The conventional day job is one way to make money, but there are many hidden avenues you likely haven’t considered. Dads who feel like they haven’t got enough time in the day to make money, will find some great ways to break that negative state of mind with Robert’s read.
3. EntreLeadership – Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey’s read is ideal for the person looking for practical advice. He shows you scenarios from the perspective of a small business owner. Sections you should check out include hiring employees and utilising sub-contractors.
4. Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating – Brian Tracy
It’s difficult to get started, and it’s often the hardest part. Brian Tracy demonstrates how you can take your life and make it into what you want it to be. This book will show you how to better harness your time.
5. How to have a 48-Hour Day – Don Aslett
One of the biggest issues faced by work-at-home dads is the lack of time. This book gives you some practical tips to maximise every extra minute you have. You’ll also learn how to eliminate distractions and become more efficient in everything you do.
6. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think – Laura Vanderkam
This book is one of the holy books when it comes to getting more time to work on your business. Laura Vanderkam specifically focuses on the many excuses we all come up with to avoid doing something. With this book, you can expect to become more disciplined in everything you do.
7. Tell Your Time – Amy Lynn Andrews
Amy Lynn Andrews pioneered something called the time budget. What we like about this is, it isn’t just about getting more time in your day. It’s about adapting to the various working styles of each father. You’ll find something that suits your lifestyle here, wherever you’re from and whatever challenges you’re facing.
8. The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
Need help setting up and running a business? Michael Gerber’s book will show you how to create passive income streams and make money with just a few hours to spare every day.
9. Mom Blogging for Dummies – Wendy Piersall
Whilst this is targeted towards mothers, fathers can benefit from learning the same lessons. If you want to create a blogging business, this is the publication for you. Wendy Piersall shows you how to analyse your target audience, craft a business model, and pick a platform, all with proven case studies.
10. Pour Your Heart Into It – Howard Schultz
Less of a help guide and more of an inspirational story, Howard Schultz charts the rise of Starbucks. Whilst teaching some business lessons along the way, he shows you how he made a business selling coffee beans into the grand corporation that it is today.The best part about this story is that it doesn’t start with a pair of rich parents and a trust fund!
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These ten books are ideal for learning how to run a business as a work-at-home dad. What other books would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.