5 Best Books for Female Entrepreneurs

January 6, 2018

With 11.3 million female business owners in America (and counting) it’s never been a better time for women to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.

As a female entrepreneur, looking to other successful women and their journeys can be the most beneficial way to learn the ins and outs of business — and what better way to do that than with a book? Many female CEOs, founders, and business owners have written about their experiences and have plenty of guidance, insights, and relatable stories to share that specifically resonate with women entrepreneurs.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg

What began as an immensely popular TED Talk from the COO of Facebook, led to the female-focused conversation in this book. Sheryl Sandberg writes about how women unintentionally hold themselves back in the workplace and experience moments in their careers much differently than men. She provides personal stories, data and techniques that will give you the confidence to negotiate, take risks and face new challenges fearlessly. Bonus: Once you finish Lean In, check out Sandberg’s second book, Option B which focuses on facing adversity and building resilience.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert

From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a creatively inspiring book that you won’t want to put down. Writer Elizabeth Gilbert discusses the highs and lows of pursuing a creative life and uses her own narrative to paint a very relatable picture for fellow creatives. After reading about her struggles and fears as a writer and how she stays motivated and inspired, you’ll feel a renewed sense of creativity and will be ready to take on your creative business ventures without hesitation.

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and hesitant, especially when making decisions or taking risks. In her book, Year of Yes the creator of some of the biggest shows on TV takes us through her journey of saying yes to everything for a year and what she took away from it. This insightful read shows us that everyone, even those as successful and talented as Shonda Rhimes, experience daily struggles and need to push themselves out of their comfort zone. If there’s one thing to take away from this book it’s that being open to opportunities can not only take you places you never expected, but also give you the confidence you need for your life and career.

#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso

Founder of Nasty Gal and now the founder and CEO of the aptly named media company, Girlboss Media, Sophia Amoruso is the original girlboss. She not only coined the term, but she is the shining example of taking your life and career into your own hands and building something you’re proud of. If you’re in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship or considering starting a business, this read will help you kickstart your journey and prepare to be the best boss lady version of yourself.

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 Into a Billion Dollar Business, Barbara Corcoran

Any Shark Tank fans out there? Even if you’ve never watched the popular investment show before you’re sure to find Barbara Corcoran’s career journey one of hard work and persistence. Barbara didn’t let multiple job failures bring her down; she instead used life lessons she gathered over the years to build a career in New York City real estate from the ground up. Now a billion dollar business owner and smart investor, Barbara is proof that hard work, unconventionality, and a little wit is all you need to build a successful business. We all have days when we feel like we aren’t capable, especially as a business owner. Pick up this book on those down days and you’ll feel better and more motivated in no time!

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