Ally Bank Book Club: 3 Books for Financial and Career Development

Ally Bank Book Club: 3 Books for Financial and Career Development

Reading is fundamental – especially when it comes to knowing all there is to know about making the most of your money. Last month, Liz Weston offered up some of her favorite personal finance books to get you through the remainder of the summer. Today, we’ll look at three personal finance and career development books that can help you have a financially rewarding fall.

A Closer Look at Micro-Entrepreneurship

We all know that middle age and retirement are great times to earn extra money by turning a hobby or side-gig into a source of serious income. If you’re looking for a book that tells you exactly how to make this happen, check out The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau. Guillebau is the founder of The Art of Non-Conformity blog, which should give you some idea on what to expect from his unique take on starting a business. Forbes notes that the book debunks the idea that you need a huge amount of start-up capital, and also offers up enlightening examples of people who have created an income stream doing something they love.

Rethink the Way You Work

Looking for an entirely new approach to work and getting things done? Then check out Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. On LinkedIn, Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local, rates this as one of nine business books that will change your life. Kerpen calls the book a quick read that you’ll return to for tips and advice time and time again. And, Kerpen notes, Rework will tell you how to find success without becoming a workaholic.

A Roadmap to Wealth

Becoming financially comfortable is a process. Very few of us wake up one morning with all our finances perfectly worked out. If you’re still taking this journey – or have yet to embark on it – read Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul. Slate notes that the book (written with coauthors Mark Meltzer and Theor Thimour) talks about Howard’s early retirement at age 31, the importance of diverse investments, why every financial decision you make is an important one, and why we are all more than what we earn.

Which of these financial books will you check out? What are your favorite books about money and career advancement?

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