Books on remote work are helpful guides for those who are making the transition to working from anywhere.
The selection of books below covers all the main issues that remote workers face, such as productivity and self discipline; tech tools to use for remote team work; work-life balance and many other topics that every remote worker encounters sooner or later.
These books are for digital nomads, aspiring digital nomads or anyone who is working from home.
Some of the books below are also aimed at helping team leaders in running distributed teams around the world, for example in keeping remote workers engaged and running online meetings effectively.
Here’s a selection of top books about remote work:
The New Corner Office by Laura Vanderkam
The premise of this book is that working remotely is a learnable skill.
The author shares her own experience and that of others she interviewed about making the optimal choices when you work remotely.
The book suggests new habits to adopt, tackles issues of productivity and staying focused at work, and also answers questions about nurturing connections with people in your industry when you work remotely.
The author is a time management expert (who also wrote 168 Hours and other books on productivity). Her tips on this subject are super helpful and focus on task management, goal setting and planning your day effectively.
How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace by Robert Glazer
This book is useful for remote employees and managers alike. Written by the founder and CEO of a fully remote company, the book is full of actionable advice on the challenges that remote workers and distributed teams face.
The advice is based on years of experience and covers issues such as using technological tools for remote communication, work-life balance, productivity and collaboration between team members.
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
This book can be said to have been ahead of its time. Published in 2013, it is still relevant and has a lot of wonderful insights about remote work.
The authors were two of the pioneers and early advocates for remote work at Basecamp. They share their experience on the best strategies for distributed teams.
The book highlights the benefits of remote work for employees, companies, and society at large. Increased productivity, the freedom of working from anywhere without having to move for a job opportunity, and remote workers having more time to spend with families and friends are just some of the advantages.
Remote: Office Not Required is for people who are looking for a new way of working, but are not sure if they can make it happen. It’s for those who have tried remote work before and know that they want something better than the 9-5 grind.
Remote, Inc: How to Thrive at Work . . . Wherever You Are by Alexandra Samuel & Robert C. Pozen
This hands-on book will help you adapt to the remote work lifestyle with practical advice addressing the challenges remote workers often face, such as:
- Collaborating with your team while working remotely and having meetings online
- Work-life balance when working from home
- Time management, setting priorities and planning your schedule
Working From Home: Making the New Normal Work for You by Karen Mangia
A good starting point for anyone who’s new to working from home or working remotely.
The book explains how to set up a remote workspace in even the smallest of living spaces.
It has solid time management advice, addressing the painful productivity issues that remote work can cause. It also talks about other typical difficulties, such as feeling isolated or remote work burnout.
Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere by Tsedal Neeley
This book is mostly for leaders, covering remote work best practices for managing remote workers and teams.
Written by a Harvard Business School professor sharing her expertise on global work, the book relies on research and evidence-based answers.
The advice in the book is actionable and addresses real world issues, such as dealing with cultural differences, creating predictability and trust within distributed teams, keeping remote workers engaged and handling conflicts.
Free online resources and ebooks on remote work
If you’re not entirely ready to invest in a book on remote work, you can take advantage of the 3 free audiobook offer from audiobooks.com, or dive into online resources on remote work.
Here are some free resources about remote work:
- Fiverr is a major freelancer platform that publishes reports on remote work on its website from time to time.
- Buffer is a reliable source on remote work. The company has been running a distributed team for many years and their website has a lot of information on work culture.
- Zapier is another company with vast experience in running a distributed team. They published a free ebook about remote work.
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