The 5 books guaranteed to help you win at remote working!

5 min readSep 29, 2020


Remote: Office Not Required

by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This is a great starting point if you’re still not convinced about the benefits of remote working. Jason and David are the masterminds behind Basecamp, the $100 billion remote working platform — so it’s fair to say they know what they’re talking about!

Remote: Office Not Required

“Soon you’ll see that it’s the work — not the clock — that matters.”

“To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision.”

Interested? Here’s more info via the Basecamp website.

Working From Home

by Karen Mangia

Fresh off the press, this book provides a well-timed guide to making the new normal work for you.

The book outlines clear strategies for productivity, collaboration and career impact. With guidance on how to create a work-from-home culture designed for success, it’s a perfect choice for early-in-career professionals, sales leaders, team managers, and business executives looking for fresh ideas on the future of work.

Working From Home

“The way you started working from home isn’t what you have to sustain.”

“Success is not a location. Neither is impact. Or personal branding. Or career management. Today, you can succeed from anywhere. You can make a difference from your kitchen table if you want to. You can restart your career and reinvent yourself from your laptop.”

Grab a copy here 📖

The Year Without Pants

by Scott Berkun

What happens when an old-school management guru leaves the books and lectures behind to lead a young team at a revolutionary company, with no email, no offices, and no rules? The answer? An amazing and entertaining book about the future of work.

The Year Without Pants

“Most people doubt online meetings can work, but they somehow overlook that most in-person meetings don’t work either.”

“Laughter paves the way for many things. It’s one way to build intimacy between people, something every healthy team needs. Humour has always been a primary part of how I lead. If I can get someone to laugh, they’re at ease. If they see me laugh at things, they’re at ease. It creates emotional space, a kind of trust, to use in a relationship. Sharing laughter also creates a bank account of positive energy you can withdraw from, or borrow against, when dealing with tough issues at work. It’s a relationship cushion.”

Ready to take your pants off? 📖

Virtual Culture

by Bryan Miles

Bryan is an authority when it comes to remote work. He’s the CEO of BELAY, a massively successful virtual assistant staffing company, which boasts a team of 600 remote employees. This manifesto-style take on remote work focuses on respecting employees to retain incredible talent and create a forward-thinking culture that embraces the future of work.

Not only does the book provide succinct, bitesize nuggets of knowledge to immediately boost your own strategies, but also a handful of online resources to help make it a simple process.

Virtual Culture

“Shared vision, not shared spaces, creates a culture. It is about instilling a sense of belonging for your employees and ensuring they identify with the greater mission and values of the company.”

“Visibility (I can’t see you, I can’t control you) is a depreciating currency. Now, instead of seeing results from face-to-face interactions, we will see results connected to treating people like adults. Coworkers will move to a more trusting relationship.”

Buy here 📖 👈

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

by Dale Carnegie

Okay, so this isn’t specifically about remote working, however, the principles in this masterpiece can be easily transferred into our new way of work. When it comes to working from home, one of the most important factors is mindset — especially when working from home during a pandemic!

Dale Carnegie, the 🐐of self-improvement, shows how worry has been conquered by thousands, some famous, but most just ordinary people, and offers practical suggestions for leading a more positive and enjoyable life.

How To Stop Worrying and Start Living

The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”

“I am deeply convinced that our peace of mind and the joy we get out of living depends not on where we are, or what we have, or who we are, but solely on our mental attitude”

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

Buy the ultimate addition for your zoom-call background bookshelf here. Or, available on Kindle for .20p 🤩

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Want some further reading? Check out our post on The Perfect Work From Home Lunch Hour.

Clue: The author of this book also wrote Oliver Twist.




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