Whether you’re a beginner entrepreneur or one who is a little more seasoned, you probably already know that it’s a job that requires you to constantly be learning—even if sometimes you’re doing it on your own. I am constantly looking for blogs, podcasts, and articles that can help me improve my business in a variety of ways. That’s why I decided to put together this list of the best books for female entrepreneurs in 2019 (although really, they’re perfect for male entrepreneurs as well).
Now—one thing we need to chat about before you run out to buy all of these: you already have a lot on your plate, right?
So you’re going to see this list and think, “I am going to get those books for female entrepreneurs, sit down and start reading.”
Well, if you’re an aspiring millionaire mama, what that really means is that the moment you sit down, the baby starts to cry, a kid texts you to come to pick them up, piano lessons start in 15 minutes, you still need to get dinner in the crockpot AND you’ll get stuck in traffic.
That’s why I really, really, really, REALLY recommend that you read (aka listen) to these business development books via Audible or a similar service.
You can feed the baby, put in dinner, drive to get one of your kids, sit in traffic and go to and from piano lessons (or whatever kind you may have at your house) and still get in some learning time.
Here’s my other tip as you start to scroll through these books for entrepreneurs: try turning up the speed!
I’m fairly sure most people can listen a lot faster than they can read anyway. But Audible has this handy dandy setting that lets you adjust the speed of the playback. You can get more info in less time…and that, my friends, is a win! (I have a hard time listening to things in “normal” speed now!)
So here are 10 of my “must-have” books for female entrepreneurs, male entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs and even experienced entrepreneurs in 2020:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
This book changed my life—it’s hands-down one of the BEST books I’ve listened to. It’s all about removing the need to do everything and the guilt that comes with saying no. Seriously. Read this.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
We need to stop thinking we have to do HUGE things all at once. This book reminded me that ut’s not the big stuff that makes a difference—it’s the small stuff that adds up that truly makes things great.
Called to Create by Jordan Raynor
Okay, all you moms out there! If you’re experiencing Mom guilt because you are working or have a desire to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams, it’s time to let it go. This is the book that can help you do it.
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam M Grant
I don’t have thick skin, I’m not aggressive and I’m not an insanely competitive person. What I do love is serving people and show them how to change their financial futures in a sustainable way. I loved hearing that it’s okay NOT to have to go for the jugular to be successful in business.
Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy
THANK YOU, Benjamin Hardy! You helped me understand why I can’t seem to stick with a “diet” or a regular workout routine. It’s because I was trying to do it on willpower alone…and that is a muscle that can get tired out.
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
The takeaway? Just freakin’ do it. Stop overthinking and talking yourself out of it!
Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
This one taught me how to find my superpower AND how to tell stories. (Yes, I was one of THE WORST storytellers on the planet. Ask Jared.)
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
This book is about taking action—and about taking a paycheck! It’s a powerful way to approach business finances.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Achieving balance is one of the most difficult things we as women—and entrepreneurs—can attempt. This book helps quiet our minds and allows us to focus on who and what matters most.
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero has a series of “BA” books that helped me think about financial abundance in a new way. If you need a mindset shift, this may be the one to get you to (and through) it.
I believe in the power of these books so much, in fact, that I’m thinking about paying my kids $20 to read or listen to each of them. Why? Because I think that arming my kiddos with the power to say “no”, leave guilt in the past, create a positive relationship with money and know that good guys don’t always finish list is important. These books are that tool.