Starting your own company from the ground up is never easy but it is possible. Take a few (or a ton) of the tips from these books so you can achieve your dreams of being your own boss and a successful entrepreneur.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso learned to be self-sufficient at a young age and when her love for vintage clothes turned into a thriving fashion business, her story became much more interesting. This debut memoir is Sophia’s ode to the outsiders like her and proves that you don’t have to fit in to be successful.
Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality by Lori Greiner
This hands-on guide to inventing a product and successfully turning it into a business will inspire all your entrepreneur goals. Including behind-the-scenes information about the hit show Shark Tank and personal stories about her ups and downs in the business world, Lori Greiner is shockingly honest in her no-excuses approach to creating your own success.
Diamonds and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business by Adrienne Rubin
When Adrienne Rubin entered the jewelry business in the 70s, she was a force to be reckoned with. Surrounded by men, she knew she had something to prove and due to her determination and hard work, proved everyone wrong and came out on top. Diamond and Scoundrels is the perfect book for young female entrepreneurs who may be afraid to enter an industry dominated by men.
Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
Tiffany Dufu understands the struggles of raising a family while having a high-power job and in Drop the Ball, she lets women know that it’s OK to struggle sometimes. Examining why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, Dufu encourages readers to find their happy medium and accept the fact that not everything will always be perfect.
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know by Kate White
The editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan spills all her secrets to success in this guide for entrepreneurial women. Loaded with tips and strategies for being a rockstar in your field, this read will encourage you to step up to the plate and take control of your life and career.
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
Amy Cuddy knows how high-pressure job interviews and big meetings can be but she argues that you can still be in control in even the most nerve-wracking moments. By teaching readers how to make significant yet small changes in body language, mindset and behavior, this book gives you the confidence push all entrepreneurs need.
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
Cara Alwill Leyba believes in the concept of girl power now more than ever. This business read encourages women to have each other’s backs on their rise to the top and although Leyba understands this isn’t the answer to making millions, it eliminates the catty competition that can sometimes cloud your vision and sabotage your success.
Mani/Pedi: A True-Life Rags to Riches Story by Krista Beth Driver
After the Fall of Saigon in Vietnam, Charlie knew she had to get her family out of the country for good. Fleeing their home in the middle of the night, they traveled to the United States where Charlie got involved in the nail industry, eventually crossing paths with Olivett. Together, the two brave women began their own business and find major success in their first few years. This new biography documents the life of a talented and brilliant woman who persevered no matter how impossible her future felt.
Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau
It’s possible to have a steady salary job while pursuing your dreams of entrepreneurship and Chris Guillebeau will teach you how in Side Hustle. A guide designed for busy career enthusiasts, the 27-day program will not only prove to be fruitful but also practical for those who don’t have much patience.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran is no stranger to failure and she’s here to share her success story with those who seek to follow in her footsteps. Taking a mere $1,000 and turning it into a company worth billions, her book details the ups and downs of Barbara’s rise to the top. Now a shark on Shark Tank, this entrepreneur is putting her best advice into Shark Tales.
Leading By My Ponytail: Why Can’t I Wear Pink and Be President? by Julie M. DuCharme and Karen M. Walker
If you need a kick in the pants to get your life on track, these two successful women will give you the inspiration you’re searching for. Loaded with practical advice and a focus on femininity, Leading By My Ponytail highlights the success of women from a new standpoint and offers inspiration for today’s working woman.
Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D.
In this bestselling book about finding success, Lois P. Frankel teaches women that all the things you learned when you were young could be hurting your chances of making it big. By digging into 75 business mistakes many women make, this book will help you correct your everyday actions and give you the confidence you need to move toward your dreams.
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