If you’re looking for quality books to inspire and help you achieve your business goals throughout 2019, look no further. We’ve scoured Amazon to find some of the highest-rated business books written by women (4.5 stars or above), each with more than 100 customer reviews.
Carrie Green – She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur
For anyone who thinks being “too young” is a barrier to building your own business, She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur was written to prove you wrong. It provides exercises to equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to master the practical basics of starting a business, and to overcome any mental barriers that could be holding you back.
Carrie Green started her first online business at the age of 20. She is now the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and This Girl Means Business magazine, and works as a business mentor for The Prince’s Trust.
Michelle Obama – Becoming
It’s likely you’ve passed at least one store front with this book smiling at you from the window. Michelle Obama is much loved by many, so it’s no wonder her biography, Becoming, ended up being the bestselling book of 2018, not only in the UK, but in the U.S., Germany, France and more.
For any passionate female entrepreneurs with high-flying partners, Obama’s story will inspire you to find ways to work as a team whilst preserving your identity and always challenging the status quo.
Jessica Huie – Purpose: Find Your Truth and Embrace Your Calling
For many aspiring business owners, the founding concept is clear, but the bigger, more visionary purpose isn’t. Purpose: Find Your Truth and Embrace Your Calling will help you overcome this barrier specifically, by learning how to “design and create a successful, meaningful and limitless life built from an authentic foundation”.
Jessica Huie has founded two award-winning businesses, and worked with names like Simon Cowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Mariah Carey and Meghan Markle. She also has an MBE for services to entrepreneurship and positive influence on community.
Beth Kempton – Freedom Seeker: Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love
It’s easy to get bogged down with the day to day and put your dreams and wellbeing on the back burner whilst you focus on simply keeping up with life. In the end though, it can lead to feelings of being trapped and unfulfilled. Beth Kempton shares her own honest story of how this happened, and how you can “find your own curvy, bumpy line to your true self, and what you love” in Freedom Seeker: Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love.
Vicki Psarias – Mumboss: The Honest Mum’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home
Being a mum is a job in its own right, but as Vicki Psarias explains, it doesn’t have to mark the end of your existing career or be the insurmountable barrier to a new one. If you’re getting the itch to start your own business, but feeling unsure about how to balance that dream with family demands, there probably isn’t a better book out there. The Independent have chosen this as one of their top business books written by women.
Lilly Singh – 6 How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
This is a book for women looking for directive, straight-talking advice that may at times feel a little uncomfortable. As the description on Amazon says: *“WARNING: This book does NOT include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for - not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators. Only stairs”.
Lilly Singh is a Canadian actress, comedian and YouTube personality widely known by her YouTube persona, IISuperwomanII.
Bryony Thomas – Watertight Marketing: Delivering Long-Term Sales Results
We write a lot about on the Townsquare blog about marketing for small businesses, but sometimes you just need a handbook to carry around wherever you go. Watertight Marketing: Delivering Long-Term Sales Results is designed to ensure your marketing efforts make rather than lose you money — something all small businesses need to watch out for. It also speaks in terms of marketing fundamentals, meaning you can use it with whatever tools and channels you’re using now.
Bryony Thomas is a best-selling author and award-winning speaker, who became Experian’s Director of Marketing at just 28 years old before going on to found her own consultancy.
Raynor Winn – The Salt Path
As a business owner, you’ll sometimes find that things simply don’t go the way you want them to. The Salt Path is the story of how Raynor Winn and her husband Moth lost everything, but found the strength to discover a new purpose together. It’s a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award and Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize.
Tessa Stuart – Packed - The Food Entrepreneur’s Guide: How to Get Noticed and How to be Loved
Tessa Stuart has been working in the in the food industry for over 15 years — with clients like Innocent Drinks, MOMA! and G’NOSH. She’s got ample knowledge to be able to explain how small business owners to get their products from the idea stage, all the way through to being stocked at supermarkets and becoming a household name.
Sophia Amoruso – #girlboss
You only have to look at Sophia Amoruso’s passionate following of young female entrepreneurs to understand why this books is so popular. Cited as the millennial alternative to Lean In, #girlboss tells the inside story of how Sophia went from being a secondary school dropout to the Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, which was sold to Boohoo in 2017.