16 Best Female Entrepreneur Books
This is the era of rise of the female entrepreneur. Now, more women than ever are running their own business, creating their own brand and building their own empire. Women owned businesses saw a 60% increase in the past 15 years!
But why now? I’ll tell you why…
Because today a woman makes 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Yup. 79 cents.
So, if you’re sitting there at work, dreaming of owning your own business but don’t know where to start, or if you’re building your business as you read this and want a little more ‘inside knowledge’ or inspiration, these books should be on your reading list.
Here are 16 best female entrepreneur books you need to read right now:
1. Shark Tales – Barbara Corcoran
The ultimate girl power book! Failing 22 jobs, Barbara borrows $1,000 from her boyfriend and changes her life. From waitressing at a diner to building a $6 billion dollar business, Barbara’s story will kick start your motivation.
Follow her journey through this book and you’ll be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work building your own empire. It’s crammed with little gems to teach you how to follow your dreams like Barbara, alongside humour and inspiration to build your dream life, no matter where you’re starting out.
2. Molly’s Game
The true story of Molly Bloom, cocktail waitress turned infamous host of the most exclusive poker games in the world. This book tells the story of Molly’s life, how she built the famous underground poker games and the bumps in the road along the way.
Molly’s poker game became the exclusive game of the celebrities, Hollywood actors and millionaires, everyone wanting in, but only a few invited to join the table.
An insight into the luxurious world of the rich and famous, a true story of how quickly things can change and the low down on what Molly learned on the way.
3. Girl Boss
The now Netflix Original series, Girlboss is an empowering story of Sophia Amaruso and how she went from having pretty much nothing to building the legendary Nasty Gal clothing brand we all love and admire today! And this happened all in the space of ten years!
Sophia wrote this to inspire other girls like her to follow their dreams and never give up. She gives us a behind the scenes walk through of her life from scrounging through thrift stores to designing and building her own clothing line.
All from nothing.
She is a true inspiration and anyone looking at starting a business but thinking they can’t or it’s to hard… you need to read this!
4. Girl Code
The ultimate guide for female entrepreneurs, Girl Code is a bumper combination of stories, motivational quotes and space for you to get to work on you.
Whether you’re a fully established girlboss or working full time with a side hustle, Girl Code will give you the push you need to build your confidence and inspire you to be successful.
5. Ladies Who Launch
Launch… what does that even mean? Cutting a ribbon outside a store? Publishing your first blog post? Making your first $100?
Ladies Who Launch takes it back to basics, describing launching as the first step on your journey to reach your goals. This book is jam packed full of inspirational knowledge and hints and tips to help you on your way to launching and then your full journey to reach your goals and dreams.
6. Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months
Yes, it is possible! This book is the must have book if you want to be running a successful business in only 12 months!
Melinda Emerson was voted America’s number 1 small business expert so her knowledge is second to none.
This book covers everything you could possibly need to build a successful business, from developing marketing plans to obtaining finance and keeping your business up and running. Melina covers it all and holds nothing back.
This book gives you the low-down on up-to-date strategies and social media techniques to make sure your business gets off to a head start.
If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business but not known where to start, look no further and start making your dreams a reality.
We’ve all seen those products that get way more attention than their identical rivals, and those social media queens who go viral whereas others don’t. Why? Who decides which is winning?
The answer is simple. And this book breaks it down along with how you can take it by the reins and make your product the one on top.
Contagious takes you through the most powerful method of advertising that is around today – word of mouth. The book highlights just how important it is and just how you can use it to help you succeed.
If you want everyone talking about your product or your social media… you know what you need to do.
8. Manage Your Day-to-Day
Learn how to handle your day to day goals without the stress of modern life.
Too many women are stressed, working too hard with more tasks to do in a day than is actually possible.
This book shows you how to stop and look at your day differently, providing different methods of tackling those tasks minus the stress and anxiety. Follow the pointers in this book, make a change for the better and start smashing those goals.
9. The Accidental Entrepreneur: The 50 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting A Business
One of the older books on this list but… still an essential read for all you female entrepreneurs out there! The Accidental Entrepreneur tells the story of Sarah-Urquhart Brown who started her own business to follow her dreams. Sarah’s business became way more successful than she ever expected so she’s bundled all of her knowledge and tips together in this book, giving you everything you need to be just as successful as her.
Learn what works and what doesn’t, what to avoid, how to create a mega business plan and how to invest smartly.
Everything you need to make your business a success is here all in one place.
10. She Takes On The World
An inspirational book every girl wanting to start their own business should read. Learn how to be successful in this digital age with tips, tricks and stories on how to build the business you love and live the life you dream of.
Take on the world and unleash the female entrepreneur!
11. The Chic Entrepreneur
If you’re starting a business or running a business that needs a little rocket strapping to it, then this is the book for you. Learn the 9 dimensions of a flourishing business, then take your dream and make it a successful reality. Elizabeth is the President of Flourishing Business which helps businesses jump start their growth or get back on track.
Learn how to build the business of your dreams and learn what to avoid in the process. Told in a fun but jam packed with tips kinda way, this book is a bookshelf essential for those female hustlers wanting to achieve success.
12. How To Be An Overnight Success
The story of how Maria Hatzistefanis built a company from scratch in her bedroom which is now a favourite of the rich and famous.
Maria’s beauty company, Rodial launched it’s first snake serum and the business rose to success, an ‘overnight’ success according to the press. But there was way more to the story than one serum; hard work, stress, and determination carried Maria’s company to where it is now.
This book is filled with awesome advice on how you can build your dream company just like Maria – if this is your dream then this book is what you need.
13. The Modern Female Entrepreneur
If you feel like you’re stuck in your daily life with big dreams but no way to follow them then look no further. The Modern Female Entrepreneur shows you how to achieve your goals and dreams and live the life you’ve always wanted.
Saija tells you the story of how she achieved her goals and obtained freedom in her life and how you can do it too. Saija takes you through the good and bad of leading your own life along with the tools and strategies you will need to help.
14. Million Dollar Women
The majority of women who start their own business don’t make it ‘big’. It’s like they put one toe in the water and then hold their balance right there. All they need is that helping push to throw them off balance and help them jump right in.
That’s exactly what Million Dollar Women will do. It shows you, the woman entrepreneur, exactly how to take your idea and make it into a million dollar business.
Written by Julia Pimsleur, who built a million dollar company from scratch, this book tells the stories of seven different women who left their normal work lives and dived into entrepreneurship. These stories are laced with concepts and strategies which show you how to take your business idea and make it big.
15. Feminine Capital
This book shows the different angles that women can approach the world of entrepreneurship and make anything into a success. Packed full of case studies and anecdotes, checklists and strategies, Feminine Capital inspires the woman entrepreneur to take action, be herself and be successful.
16. Secrets of Six Figure Women
More and more women are earning six figures nowadays and this number is constantly on the rise. Not only from entrepreneurship but in the corporate world too!
Learn the seven key strategies of the six figure (or even higher) women and build these into your life to climb the ladder to success. Profit Motive, Audacity, Resilience, Encouragement, Self-Awareness, Non-attachment and Financial Know-How are the seven strategies Barbara has identified from interviewing more than 150 women who earned between $100k and $7m. This book takes you through each of these and teaches you how to implement these to start earning your dream income.