Are you considering starting an online business or blog in 2019? Learn from the pros by reading these 12 essential books for (aspiring) female entrepreneurs. These are the books that will motivate, teach and inspire you to follow your entrepreneurial dream and rock 2019.
Let’s be honest, starting a blog/online business can feel intimidating. It’s easy to come up with numerous excuses that keep you from going for it:
- You’re not a good writer
- You don’t have enough time
- You don’t know how to attract people to your blog
- You don’t believe you have anything to offer that people will pay for
- You’re not tech savvy and can’t afford to pay someone else to create a website
The list goes on…
I’ve been there. For years I sat on the sidelines, consumed by fear and self-doubt. Admiring other bloggers who went for it and were creating a career that gave them unlimited earning potential, a flexible schedule and the ability to live life on their own terms. I knew that if I wanted to create the change I craved, it was going to require massive action. With so many questions on where and how to start I began reading everything I could get my hands on.
It’s easy to forget that the people you think of as pros today were once in your shoes, starting from zero. Thankfully, they’re strong believers in building community over competition and happily share advice (some for free) that will help you achieve success. Hearing of their failed launches and less than perfect entries into entrepreneurship reminds us that not everyone is perfect, no one has all the answers and we learn from our mistakes. Their stories provide lessons on how to overcome struggles, failures and doubts and show you the exact steps they’ve used to build a thriving business.
Here are the 12 essential books every (aspiring) female entrepreneur should read. Whether you’re starting a blog, building a business or just looking for a way to increase your income these books will help take you from where you are to where you want to be.
1) Girl Code; Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entreprenur – Cara Alwill Leyba
A roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won’t teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won’t teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business are all about.
This was the book that gave me the kick in the a$$ I needed to start my blog. It connected me with many entrepreneurs I now follow religiously. Chris teaches you that you don’t need entrepreneurial experience to launch a profitable side hustle. You don’t need a business degree, know how to code, or be an expert marketer. And you certainly don’t need employees or investors. With this book as your guide, anyone can learn to build a fast track to freedom.
One of my all-time favorite podcasters Ruth Soukup is like your honest best friend. Ruth is founder of the blog Living Well Spending Less and the Do It Scared podcast. Her Elite Blog Academy course is a must for beginner bloggers. She is relatable, down to earth and truly wants to help others design successful income generating blogs that matter.
Although this book was released in 2014 many of the lessons and tips are still relevant today. With wit, wisdom, and the insight of someone who’s been there, Ruth Soukup shares how she grew her own blog to over one million monthly visitors, earns a full time income, and still is able to write about the things she truly cares about.
4) Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive – Dorie Clark
While I was working as a Social Media Manager for a Business Consultant I had the opportunity to edit a podcast interview featuring Dorie Clark. I’d never heard of her before this but after listening to her interview I couldn’t get enough.
This book will be your hands-on guide to building a portfolio of revenue streams, both traditional and online, so that you can liberate yourself financially and shape your own career destiny. A blueprint for professional independence, with insights and advice on building your brand, monetizing your expertise, and extending your reach and impact online. She shares the stories of entrepreneurs of all kinds–from consultants and coaches to podcasters, bloggers, and online marketers–who have generated six- and seven-figure incomes.
5) Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business And Influence – And How You Can Too – Gary Vaynerchuk
If not knowing how to optimize social media to build your business/blog is holding you back get this book today! Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms. Crushing it teaches readers how to use social media platforms to their utmost potential to build a personal brand which is crucial to entrepreneurial success.
Connecting with your audience is one of the most crucial aspects to building a successful business. Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.
I can’t give enough praise for this book and have recommended it to many aspiring female entrepreneurs. It’s as if Elizabeth is in your head and tackles the exact thoughts many women struggle with. While reading this book it felt as if I was sitting with my own personal coach, inspiring me and empowering me to live life on my own terms and go after what I truly desire.
In this book Elizabeth shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.
8) Girl Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be – Rachel Hollis
If you’ve ever told yourself ‘I should be farther along by now’ regarding any aspect of your life you NEED this book. Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. Lies we’ve told ourselves so often that we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
I absolutely love Sarah Knight and her No F**ks Given guides.
It’s time to start putting your happiness first—and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done. And don’t panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people. This book will help you learn how to stand up for who you are and what you really want.
My all-time favourite Dragon from Dragon’s Den and a truly inspiring woman. Arlene grew up in poverty, raised four children as a young single mother and went on to become the CEO of Venture Communications – one of Canada’s largest independent full-service marketing agencies.
In All In Arlene discusses navigating the unique emotional and personal demands of entrepreneurship: how to thrive in the entrepreneurial lifestyle—and how to avoid its pitfalls. This book opens a new level of dialogue in the entrepreneurial community, bringing often-unspoken truths into the light and showing readers all the ways they’ll be tested in their new endeavor. At its best, the entrepreneurial lifestyle is all about independence—not just financial independence, but the psychological independence that comes from charting your own course—and All In will help readers achieve that freedom.
11) Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First-Class Life – Denise Duffield-Thomas
I’ve personally put many of these practices to play daily and have seen some major shifts in my life. Things don’t happen overnight though, it’s an ongoing process that takes commitment and work but the rewards are huge.
If you’re ready to break through your money blocks and finally make the money you deserve? In Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! you’ll learn how to unlock your hidden potential for abundance and upgrade your life forever. Denise gives relatable examples, practical advice and easy to follow exercises to help you break through your abundance blocks.
This book is displayed right above my desk as a constant inspiration and motivator. A must have book for every female entrepreneur no matter what type of business you have.
Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.
“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today” (Karen Lambe). This statement couldn’t be more true! Stop letting what you don’t know hold you back.
With these 12 books you’ll be able to build your knowledge and feel more confident in your journey. Pick the one that feels most useful for where you’re at in your journey and get started. As you’re reading, don’t just take notes, take action! Put into practice the steps and exercises given throughout each book and you’ll be sure to achieve success much faster.