5 Best Books on Financial Freedom

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Abbey Ashley

 

Today, I’m excited to switch things up a bit and dive into a topic that’s close to my heart but doesn’t always take center stage on this channel: financial freedom. Sure, we chat about all things work-from-home and building your own business, but let’s get real about money—how it impacts our personal finances, businesses, and overall well-being. Because let’s face it, money is a tool, neither good nor bad on its own. It’s all about how we use it. In this post, I’m sharing my 5 Best Books on Financial Freedom.

 

Best Books on Financial Freedom

 

So, buckle up for a little journey into my world of wealth-building experiences, keeping hold of that wealth, and the ins and outs of investing. In this post, I’ll share some of the books that have profoundly shaped my money mindset and framework — the best books on financial freedom. But before we dive into the bookshelf, let me introduce myself.

I’m Abby Ashley, the CEO and Founder of The Virtual Savvy. I’m all about empowering you to craft your dream work-from-home life and build a thriving business.

Now, let’s rewind a bit. You see, my journey to financial freedom wasn’t exactly a straight line. I grew up in a low-income household, raised by a single mom who worked as a lunch lady at our school for that precious flexibility to be there for us kids. Looking back, I realized early on the importance of freedom, flexibility, and being present for my loved ones. And that, my friends, has been my driving force behind building wealth—knowing my “why.” (Pssst… read more about my story here!)

As I share some of the best books on financial freedom that have influenced my mindset around money, keep in mind that none of this matters without understanding your own “why.” It’s what motivates you to not only start a business, but also to be disciplined with your finances and dive into the world of investing.

So, let’s crack open those book covers and explore the mindset behind true wealth!

 

But first, some disclaimers!

 

Before we dive into my best books on financial freedom, I want to emphasize that my perspective has evolved significantly over the years. When I first embarked on my entrepreneurial journey, I was flat broke—we’re talking basement apartment, scraping-by kind of broke. Fast forward to today, and things look vastly different. With a thriving multiple seven-figure business and the ability to retire my husband to work alongside me, my relationship with money has undergone a transformation.

Now, about those books I’m about to share—consider them a roadmap to cultivating a similar money mindset to mine. I’ve carefully curated this list to reflect the journey I’ve taken, from personal money management to building a successful business and ultimately achieving time freedom through smart financial decisions. So, if you’re ready to embark on this journey with me, I recommend reading these books in the order I’ll present them. Trust me, they’ve been game-changers for me, and I have no doubt they’ll do the same for you. Let’s dive in!

 

My Top 5 Books on Financial Freedom

 

1 — “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Book number one on our list is Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Now, despite the title, I’m not a dad—obviously! In fact, when I first delved into this book, I’m not even sure if I was a mom yet. It’s been around for quite some time, but let me tell you: its timeless wisdom still holds up. Now, let me be clear: none of these books I’m about to share constitute a complete wealth-building system. Instead, they lay down the groundwork for you to craft your own unique system.

So, why Rich Dad, Poor Dad? Well, for starters, Kiyosaki’s storytelling is top-notch. But beyond that, the crux of the book revolves around one key concept: leverage. If you’re serious about building wealth, trading your time for dollars simply won’t cut it. Kiyosaki emphasizes the importance of being a business owner—an idea that resonates deeply with me. I firmly believe that having a scalable business or system that generates income even when you’re not physically working is essential.

In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Kiyosaki delves into the realm of real estate investing, an area my husband and I dabble in to some extent. While real estate isn’t our primary focus (we’re more invested in building businesses), the core concept of leveraging assets still rings true. So, if you’re ready to kickstart your journey to financial empowerment, Rich Dad, Poor Dad is an excellent place to begin. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Best Books on Financial Freedom

 

2 — “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” by Remit Sethi

Now, let’s dive into book number two—a personal favorite of mine, and for good reason. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Oh, where do I even begin?! This book truly transformed the way I approach personal finances and ignited a newfound perspective on wealth-building. I have to give a shout-out to Ramit Sethi because this book changed the game for me.

 

I grew up in the Dave Ramsey generation. And don’t get me wrong, Dave Ramsey’s methods are solid, especially if you’re drowning in debt or starting from a low-income standpoint. His baby-steps approach is incredibly effective for those situations. But there was something about Ramit Sethi’s approach that resonated deeply with me. It completely shifted my mindset around money.

 

Ramit doesn’t just preach about scrimping and saving for the future; he’s all about living your rich life now. And trust me, that resonated with me big time. I mean, who wants to postpone all enjoyment in life just to live like no one else later? Not me! Ramit’s philosophy is all about finding that balance—making sacrifices when needed to secure your financial future, but also embracing the joys of life in the present.

 

In I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit delves into the nitty-gritty of personal money management, offering practical strategies for financial success. But for me, it was the mindset shift that was the real game-changer. It’s all about living our rich life now, not just in some distant future.

 

So, if you’re going to read just one book from this list, let it be this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it! I Will Teach You To Be Rich sets the stage for a solid personal finance system while fundamentally changing the way you view money. 

 

 

3 — “Will it Fly” by Pat Flynn

The next top book for financial freedom is a game-changer in the realm of entrepreneurship. I’m talking about Will It Fly by Pat Flynn. Even Ramit Sethi himself advocates for this book, and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to start a product-based business, a service-based business, or even a coaching business, Will It Fly provides a blueprint that’s applicable across the board.

 

At its core, Will It Fly is all about validating your business idea before you invest heaps of time, energy, and money into it. And let me tell you, this is where so many aspiring entrepreneurs stumble. They come up with what they think is a brilliant idea, dive headfirst into building it, only to realize later on that nobody actually wants what they’re offering. Talk about a buzzkill, right?

 

Pat Flynn’s approach is refreshingly different. He emphasizes the importance of understanding your audience, diving deep into their needs and desires, and validating your idea before you fully commit to it. It’s all about finding your audience, understanding their pain points, and crafting a solution that truly resonates with them.

 

In essence, Will It Fly is your roadmap to entrepreneurial success. It’s a guide to building a business that not only survives but thrives in today’s competitive landscape. And let me tell you, when it comes to achieving financial freedom, starting a successful business is often the best route to take. So, if you’re ready to turn your business idea into a reality, Will It Fly is your must-read resource. 

 

 

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4 — “From Six to Seven Figures” by Austin Netzley

Now, let’s dive into the next of our best books for financial freedom. I’m sharing these books with you in a specific order because they reflect the journey I’ve personally taken in shaping my money mindset. So, after laying the groundwork with business basics, I found myself hungry for knowledge on scaling a business. Because let’s face it, I didn’t want my business to be solely dependent on me—I wanted it to thrive and grow exponentially.

 

Enter From Six to Seven Figures by Austin Netzley. Austin happens to be a dear friend of mine, but let me assure you, my recommendation is purely based on the value this book provides. It’s essentially a blueprint for scaling your business to new heights. I remember devouring Austin’s book and then diving even deeper by enrolling in his coaching program when my business was on the brink of hitting the seven-figure mark. And you know what? The results were nothing short of remarkable. I doubled my business not once, but twice, thanks to the strategies outlined in this book.

 

But I’ll be upfront with you—Austin’s methods are geared towards business owners who are ready to scale. So, if you’re still in the early stages of your entrepreneurial journey, this might not be the right fit for you—YET! But mark my words, when you reach that pivotal point where you’re ready to take your business to the next level (typically around the $20,000 a month mark) this book will be your guiding light. (Pssst… want more tips on scaling your virtual assistant business, even if you have ZERO time? Read this.)

 

So, think of it as a journey. We’re starting with the basics and gradually building upon them. And when you’re at that stage in your business where growth is imminent, From Six to Seven Figures will be your go-to resource. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on the invaluable insights it offers.

 

 

Best Books on Financial Freedom

 

 

5 — “Buy Back Your Time” by Dan Martell

The final book on our journey towards financial freedom is Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell. Picture this: you’re a multi seven-figure business owner, but you still find yourself seeking that elusive concept of true wealth. But here’s the kicker—true wealth isn’t just about the digits in your bank account. It’s about something far more precious: time freedom.

 

I’ll be honest with you—I wish I had stumbled upon this gem sooner. Even as someone who’s reached significant financial milestones, the message of this book struck a chord with me like never before. It’s a profound exploration of what it truly means to be wealthy—not just in monetary terms, but in terms of having the freedom to live life on your own terms.

 

Author Dan Martell, offers practical advice that transcends traditional notions of wealth. He’s all about optimizing your time, prioritizing your values, and finding innovative ways to reclaim your most valuable asset: time itself. His insights are not just theoretical fluff—they’re actionable strategies that you can implement right away to start carving out more time for what truly matters.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out on your journey to financial freedom, Buy Back Your Time is a must-read. Dan’s wisdom extends far beyond the pages of this book, and you’ll find yourself nodding along as he shares his secrets to achieving ultimate time freedom. This book has the power to revolutionize the way you approach wealth and success.

 

So there you have it—my top five best books for financial freedom. But hey, I’m always open to expanding my own reading list. Did I miss out on any gems that you think should be included? Drop your suggestions in the comments below—I’m all ears!

 

 

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Meet Abbey

Abbey Ashley is the Founder of The Virtual Savvy. She helps aspiring virtual assistants launch and grow their own at-home business from scratch. She's since gone on to grow a multi-six figure business and retire her husband ALL from her at-home business. It's now her passion to help others start their own VA business so they can taste the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship as well.

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