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Now more than ever, women are unapologetically breaking the status quo and going after their entrepreneurial dreams.
One of my favorite things about being a woman in business is how supportive we are towards each other – we’re stronger together, after all! These days, not only are women finding success in their careers, but they’re also writing books about to inspire others to follow their passion and build a life they love.
Whether it’s tips on how to navigate the business world, how to start a business fearlessly, or how to let go of unconscious thoughts you’ve grow up with, here are twelve books every aspiring female entrepreneur should have on their bookshelf!
- In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney
- Bad Girls Through History by Ann Shen
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
- She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green
- I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
- Venture Mom by Holly Hurd
- Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
- Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark
- Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney
This wonderful book is a compilation of interviews with over one hundred diverse women. Throughout the pages of this book, you’ll get to read about their experiences as female entrepreneurs, alongside tips and a variety of perspectives from women from all walks of life!
Bad Girls Through History by Ann Shen
We’re sure you’ve heard Lauren Thatcher Ulrich’s famous quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history”, and that’s what Bad Girls Through History is all about! On this book, Ann Shen sheds light and celebrates the stories of one hundred revolutionary women who have changed the world.
Plus, it makes for a beautiful coffee table book, as its pages are decorated with stunning watercolor illustrations.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you struggle with fear of judgment as a female entrepreneur, this one’s for you! Throughout the book, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her very unique perspective on living life on your own terms, regardless of other people’s opinions.
This book is easy to follow, and will get you all set up to create and follow your dreams out of love and kicking fear of judgment to the curb.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
Saying we don’t care about something is easy, but REALLY doing is a whole different story. If we were to make a list of books that have changed our lives, this one would make it to the top of the list.
That said, though, this book isn’t about throwing away our empathy, but instead, it’s all about choosing your battles and not caring about things that ultimately shouldn’t matter.
As women, we often have to deal with constant judgement, even coming from people we are close to and worse yet, from ourselves. Learning to, well, not give a f*ck is essential, especially as busy entrepreneurs.
She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green
This books a gem, especially if you’re young and ambitious. Carrie started her own business when she was just twenty years old, and she understands the struggles young women face as entrepreneurs more than anyone. On her book, she gives honest advice without sugar coating things.
What we love about this book is how easy it is to follow, and the fact that you’ll get to feel as though you’re having a conversation with a good friend who wants to see you succeed.
I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
Ever felt like you just don’t belong? You’re not alone. This book gives a very down-to-earth perspective on discovering what your purpose is and following your dreams.
This book is especially helpful if you’re feeling stuck in your journey and in dire need of a pep talk from someone who gets you.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Malala needs no introduction, but just in case you need a refresher: She is the youngest nominee to win a Nobel Peace Prize (at just 15)!
She was born in Pakistan and has spent her relatively short life fighting for girls’ right to education. She survived a gunshot to the head and has since continued being an advocate and inspiration for girls around the world.
I Am Malala isn’t about business, but it’s the most inspiring book on feminism and bravery you can ever get your hands on. It’s the perfect read if you’re on a path to live life inspired by a greater purpose.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is pretty much the epitome of success, and anything she writes is guaranteed to inspire us.
This book is ideal if you’re in need of a motivational pep talk. Through meaningful essays and inspiration stories, Oprah talks all things determination, gratitude, and strength.
Venture Mom by Holly Hurd
Long gone are the days when women had to pick having a family over their careers, and while it’s definitely not easy to juggle them both, Holly Hurd is living proof of just how possible it is.
This book is a must for aspiring mompreneurs. It’s made up of helpful tips and stories that are guaranteed to inspire you, but it’s also a step-by-step course for moms to pick up their business ideas and making it a reality.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
Ever wondered if you’re sabotaging yourself? On this book, Lois P. Frankel dismantles over one hundred unconscious behaviours that women learn as children – behaviours we end up carrying throughout adulthood that ultimately end up holding us back.
Don’t worry, though! When you finish reading this book, you’ll be armed with invaluable tips and skills that are huge game changers.
Entrepreneurial You by Dorie Clark
It’s an ever-changing world, and now more than ever, having several income streams is incredibly important. Plus, there’s absolutely nothing better than increasing your income and expanding your core business!
On this book, Dorie Clark will guide you through everything you need to know about creating multiple streams of income and small side businesses in easy, practical ways that are guaranteed to increase your revenue.
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
One of the best things about starting a business as a female entrepreneur these days is how supportive women on a similar journey can be – building each other up is key and ultimately, it’s what life is all about, anyway.
Creating a network of like-minded people is a surefire way to grow as a business owner and this book is a road map for women to share their mistakes and wins and learn from each other.
If you’re looking for a book to help you build up your confidence and to learn about networking and connections, this book is for you!
Hope all these books help you on your journey to becoming an entrepreneur. Always remember that the sky is the limit, so make sure to aim for the stars!