The Best Books For Woman Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurship is challenging as is and when you’re a female entrepreneur, the road ahead is exponentially more arduous. There will be times when you feel like throwing the towel in or feel like you’re in a total rut, but we say, don’t! Instead, seek solace and find inspiration the following books, which we consider to be the best books for woman entrepreneurs and are must-reads if you’re in (or even just thinking about) business.
She Means Business By Carrie Green
“Every single part of our entrepreneurial journey will begin as an idea that will only become reality when we show up and bring it to the world.”Carrie Green
This book is a perfect primer of any woman who is just starting out. Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association – an online platform that inspires and empowers over 350,000 women from around the world to build successful businesses. Carrie shares her entrepreneurial journey and offers advice based on her experiences with creating and growing her business. The book has some challenges for the readers at the end that will definitely make them take actions towards their path and turn their dreams into reality.
Takeaway – Great, practical advice for women, with resources to create a concrete plan, sprinkled with affirmations and quotes on business.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”Sheryl Sandberg
The COO of Facebook, in this most reviewed book of 2013, gives us a powerful message about gender inequality and why women are still underrepresented as a valuable part of our global workforce. This book is an inspiration for all women from all walks of life. The richest parts of the book are her personal stories. In a tone that is not preachy or militant, Sheryl tells us about how women can take charge of their own careers and push forward at a time when gender bias and prejudices pervade our lives more than any of us may want to admit. The book also contains various citations to studies that underline and reiterate the struggles that women face at the workplace.
Takeaway – Encourages women to lean in to follow their heart while staying aware of ground realities and facing practical challenges.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
“Sometimes very successful people appear to be winging it because they look so comfortable on their feet. But don’t be fooled; there ain’t no such thing. They just come across that way because they practised so many times.”Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Ann Corcoran is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality. She is a “Shark” investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, a reality television show where aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world pitch their startup business models to a panel of investors and persuade them to invest money in their idea. This book is her autobiography. Contrary to popular belief, Barbara Corcoran does not come from money. In fact, she comes from a lower income family and had to battle dyslexia growing up – a stark contrast to the life she leads a millionaire entrepreneur today. This book, which narrates the story of how she built her business, and even saved it a few times, by using sheer common sense and ingenuity should inspire any person looking to go into business.
Takeaway – A terrific blend of business (and life!) advice mixed with anecdotes from Barbara’s childhood.
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
“Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better. Let’s start building each other up. Let’s live up to our potential and start ruling the world.”Cara Alwill Leyba
If you are on a self-development drive with respect to business, this is a must-read. The Girl Code emphasizes the idea that women need to empower each other and that they need to stop competing with each other and more importantly, stop feeling jealous when another succeeds. This book details how powerful women can be when they stand together, share and extend support, and empower each other to reach their full potential. The book has around 10 interviews with females entrepreneurs and leaves you believing that you can accomplish anything as long as you have the dedication to do so. This is the kind of a book that you could keep handy and revisit it whenever you need a boost. It is meant to be a guide and serves as a true motivation for all women seeking out major changes in their lives.
Takeaway – Teaches how to release cultural stereotypes while building ourselves and our networks through generosity, admiration, and friendship.
Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg
“Remember: Money is freedom. Being in control of how we manage money allows us to design and live the lives we want.”Amanda Steinberg
The founder and superstar CEO of DailyWorth.com—the go-to financial site for women with more than one million subscribers gives us a book that is a combination of an autobiography and a financial planning guide. Amanda Steinberg talks about her own money story and how it was shaped from when her family was blindsided by multiple life events. This book doesn’t just tackle one aspect of personal finance, rather, it delves into multiple measures like saving, managing debt, investing, exploring your “money personality” and most importantly asking the question “What can my money do for me?”. This book should be the go-to guide for not just any female entrepreneur but for any woman who makes money!
Takeaway – Financial advice that brings you out of money Coma!