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Go Further As A Female Entrepreneur With These Business Books

A new wave of female entrepreneurship is here.

These books are clearing the path for a new generation of female entrepreneurs that deny the existence of any outdated views of women in business.

If you’re a female entrepreneur feeling unsure about your place in business, we’re listing these 23 books that have inspired many before you.

This contribution was made by O’Licia Parker-Smith from Greenleaf Book Group

From Individual to Empire by Laura Bull

As a former marketing executive at Sony Music Nashville with over 20 years of experience and a mom of a little one, Laura has made a career of building artists like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley into the global household names we know today. Now, Laura is sharing her expertise by teaching entrepreneurs and those who hold professions in the public eye the “how-to” of building a personal brand into a successful business empire.

This contribution was made by Keverne Denahan from KardZee

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

I love this book because of the stories, inspiration and advice that these 100 Female Entrepreneurs share. It’s a great coffee table book, and perfect bedtime reading but motivational and inspiring at the same time. As an Entrepreneur, you often feel alone and this book bridges that gap. The way that the book is formatted makes it easy to read plus the photos of each Entrepreneur are artistic and compelling. Grace asks questions such as “what did you want to be as a child?”, “what keeps you up at night?” or “name the biggest overall lesson you have learned running a business”. This should be the go-to gift for any woman who has or is starting a business.

This contribution was made by Bryan Mattimore from Growth Engine Innovation Agency

Idea Stormers by Bryan W. Mattimore

To their credit, many female entrepreneurs will often work very hard to create an environment where their co-workers can generate new ideas to help the company grow. Unfortunately, running traditional “brainstorming” sessions is often ineffective. Ideation techniques, on the other hand, which use a rich palette of proven stimuli-rich, creative problem-solving methodologies, can generate a wide range of implementable options — not to mention true breakthroughs — for virtually any creative problem or business challenge. Drawing on his work leading high-stakes ideation sessions at over 300 organizations, the author explains the how, what, and why of successful ideation processes and provides a framework for when and how entrepreneurs can use them. As importantly, Idea Stormers includes real world stories that demonstrate how the creative problem-solving techniques have been used to address a wide range of business challenges: from strategy to sales, marketing to culture change… and the creation of new products and services valued at over $3 billion.

This contribution was made by Kim Orlesky from KimOrlesky

Sell More. Faster. by Kim Orlesky

There are very few books written by women on sales, and this one by far is one of my favorites! Sales is often a scary topic to address when building a business, but without sales, there is no revenue. Kim breaks down the sales process so easy that it becomes easy to follow and generate more business than ever!

This contribution was made by Kenisha B. McIntosh from KenishaMcIntosh

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

I believe that everyone should read You Are A Badass whether you’re an entrepreneur or not. Jen Sincero does an amazing job in this down-to-earth journey to greatness. Whether you’re reading this before or during your entrepreneurial endeavors, this motivating read provides tactical tips to identifying obstacles, advice to transition from self-sabotaging behavior and engaging exercises that help you move forward in your business journey. From the perspective from a woman in business, Jen tackles obstacles in life that translate into entrepreneurship. This book will assist any female entrepreneur in getting barriers out of their way to soar in their business.

This contribution was made by Leia Kalani from Tropical Topics

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

This must-read book by Leyba provides insights into the secrets to success, sanity, and happiness as a female entrepreneur. Learn how to celebrate yourself every day, make the most of your power, and put your happiness first. An empowering read to encourage female bosses to stop waiting for someone to give them power, and instead, grab it with both hands.

This contribution was made by Christine Ciana Calabrese from What About The Dog?

The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, one of the world’s most successful businesswomen, specifically wrote this book with entrepreneurs in mind, and effectively summarized her ten greatest tips for success in The Martha Rules. It’s easy to read and engaging; I recommend it to people I know personally all the time. For those who believe in Modeling the successful to be successful: this is your book.

This contribution was made by Ray Sang from IndustryMe

Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke

This book is perfect for all the black women in business, especially those battling with imposter syndrome. For many of us we will be the first to reach particular pinnacles or the only black women in the room. This inspiring book is about learning to embrace that with advice on learning how to navigate these spaces.

This contribution was made by Keesha Johnson from My Mission To Escape

Unleash The Beast by Sonjia Lioness Mackey

This book is essential for female entrepreneurs passionate about running their own businesses. It recounts how Sonjia made the transition from Corporate America to starting a business built on her principles and passion. Female entrepreneurs will receive extra motivation to run successful businesses by learning from the lessons revealed in this inspirational book!

This contribution was made by Melanie Musson from QuickQuote

Girl on Fire by Cara Alwill Leyba

If you’re feeling unsure about your plans and find yourself second-guessing your dreams, this book will push you back on track. The main theme is to trust yourself and take the step. Do what you know you want to do and don’t wait for anyone to approve it first. This book is empowering and motivating..

This contribution was made by Martin Keller from Media Savant Communications

LET ME IN by Elaine Koyama

Elaine Koyama, a Japanese-American author, born and raised on a Montana farm, has written an engaging account of trying to break through the glass ceiling in Corporate America, during a time in the ‘70s and ‘80s when talk about the glass ceiling was barely known. In LET ME IN!, Koyama pens a hard look at that era that still serves a cautionary tale today for any woman entering or working their way through a corporation. Even today, women still struggle to make their way into significant leadership roles. Let Me: A Japanese-American Woman Crashes the Corporate Club 1976-1996 is a terrific read about one pioneering woman who experienced the surprising but also predictable challenges in the workplace from racism to sexism to misogyny that she encountered inside and outside the management ranks of the large agri-business giant based in the Twin Cities.

This contribution was made by Gina Dunn from iGina Marketing

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel PhD

This book has been a staple at muliple phases of my career, from when I was working in corporate to having my own brand agency today in Amsterdam. It helps to dispel so many of the myths that many women are brought up to feel they have to be and do in business. The first time I read it I was shocked at how many of the Don’ts I actually did like baking for my co-workers every week. It was an eye opener. Of course you have to take it with a grain of salt since we are all different and individuals in how we work, but no matter the stage in my life I found it helpful in some way.

This contribution was made by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Own It All by Andrea Isabelle Lucas

You’ve just found the how-to-guide for women who are ready to ditch procrastination and paralyzing self-doubt, live in true self-confidence, claim heartfelt goals and dreams and make that ish happen! How could a teen single mom, recovering from domestic violence and poverty, go on to create a multi-million-dollar, national barre and yoga studio chain? She made one mindset shift that created a massive snowball effect, propelling her to a dream life. Yes, just one mindset shift can take you from maybe one day… wishful thinking to being a BOSS living your truth. Think #GIRLBOSS + motherhood + a badass in yoga pants. Change Your Future. Claim Your Potential. Own It All.

This contribution was made by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Your Next Level Life by Karen Arrington

If you’re feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success can mean for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. Karen Arrington―founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting your next level life. With the seven simple rules, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve. Your Next Level Life is a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women.

This contribution was made by Shannon Serpette from Mom Loves Best

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I like this book because it promotes girl power, which can be a powerful message for women, particularly moms. Moms often sideline their own dreams to take care of everyone else. This book doesn’t buy into that — it encourages women to go after what they want and to stop apologizing for having goals and aspirations. That’s a powerful message for the women of the world.

This contribution was made by Whitney Fields from Sallie Holder

Hitting Rock Middle by Sallie Holder

As a former lawyer who provided counsel to some of the biggest companies in the world, a COO of six different companies in six different industries, and a female leader who successfully navigated the transition from the corporate world to being an entrepreneur, Sallie Holder, has achieved it all. Before the age of 30, Sallie was named a “Top Professional of the Year” and had achieved a six-figure income and “successful” lifestyle by society’s standards. While smiling and appearing confident, Sallie was truly miserable living the life she had chosen and desired to be doing anything other than what she was doing. In her struggle to create change from a point of success, she realized that she had hit “Rock Middle” – a feeling in which one is externally successful while being internally paralyzed from making a change and feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Sallie coined the term “Rock Middle” after speaking with other women who were experiencing this same feeling in their lives and careers but were desiring more. In this place, Sallie discovered her true passion: helping others make bold choices that lead to lasting success and happiness. In her new book, Hitting Rock Middle, Sallie, now an entrepreneur, business coach, and author, created a step-by-step plan to help others in the same situation start creating the path to their greatest potential – a place that includes true fulfillment and success. Through the journey of this book, readers will learn to pinpoint who they are, what they want to do with their lives, and how to get out of “Rock Middle” and into the big, bold, successful career that has been waiting for them all along.

This contribution was made by Marina Shumaieva from CruiseBe

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This book is a motivational book which talks about methods of self-realization. Everyone can find here a piece of advice on how to define your personal goals, and how to achieve these goals. This book gives us serious and really useful knowledge.

This contribution was made by Marina Shumaieva from CruiseBe

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig

This book tells about ways to success. This book expands the boundaries of thinking and gives advice on how to use chances to prove yourself and avoid the framework that society put to us.

This contribution was made by Marina Shumaieva from CruiseBe

Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky

A novel about a girl who wants to fulfill her dream, about relationships, love and encourages to dream big. The book is written in the entertainment genre. It’s a really light book to read.

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Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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