We are suckers for a good book over here at Duo Collective! Our amazon cart is constantly full of books that we’ve saved and we love getting recommendations from other female entrepreneurs who are crushing it in their industry! Which is exactly why we want to share our favorite books — at the moment — that we think every female entrepreneur should read. Our goal is to keep updating this list so it can be your go-to bookmark when you are ready to crack open a new book.
You better bet that we’ve read these ourselves and vetted them already for you. There isn’t a single book on this list that we didn’t love or at least learn something impactful for ourselves or business. After reading these books, we feel more confident to be the CEO’s we were made to be while learning so much on entrepreneurship, finance, habits, time management, productivity, juggling motherhood and so much more. Plus, they’re all so inspirational and make us want to put everything we have into Duo Collective! We hope these books do the same for you! So take a peek at the books we suggest entrepreneur read right now!
18 Books Entrepreneurs Must Read
Let’s get into it; our favorite books for entrepreneurs! Go ahead and add them to that Amazon cart and be ready to get inspired to transform your business and entrepreneur lifestyle!
1. Atomic Habits
Atomic Habits is all about improving yourself every single day. Abbey owes this book to her morning routine habit! You’ll get practical strategies to form healthy habits, break bad habits (we all have ‘em), and create behaviors that lead to the results you’ve always dreamed of.
2. The 4% Fix
This book is the reason why Abbey wakes up in the 5am hour! Do you have a never-ending to-do list? It may be a problem of time management and goal-setting. The 4% Fix shares the latest research on how to improve time management to fit everything into your day, a little bit at a time.
3. Fear is My Homeboy
Author Judi Holler has a message: “It’s time to stop letting fear boss you around so you can start leveling up personally and professionally.” Can we get an AMEN to that?! This book helped us overcome anxieties around being a business owner and become more confident women.
4. High Five Habit
Too often, we give credit, encouragement, and support to everyone in our lives, but none to ourselves. We, as female business owners, need to give ourselves that much positivity and if we do it daily, no one can stop us from achieving our dreams!
5. Five Second Rule
Did you know it takes you 5 seconds to become confident, break habits of procrastination and self-doubt, beat fear, stop worrying, feel happier, and share your ideas with courage? That’s exactly what this book teaches you to do!
6. Girl Code
Author Cara Alwill Leyba says, “A few years ago, I made a crazy claim in the first edition of Girl Code: that in today’s competitive marketplace, the fiercest thing a female entrepreneur can do is to support other women.” We agree 100%! Read this book to learn how to become more confident, eliminate jealousy, and create connections with other badass female entrepreneurs!
7. Big Magic
You in fact do have the power to create big magic with your business! You might just need some inspiration and empowerment to do so. This book teaches you how to embrace curiosity, find inspiration, and face fears to reach your dreams.
8. 100 Days of Believing Bigger: Devotional Journal
Author Marshawn Evans Daniels wrote this devotional journal to give you confidence in the unique dreams God has created for you. Through prayer and journaling, you’ll discover your true identity in 100 days. What can that do for your business? Incorporating this into your daily routine is so simple and impactful.
9. Million Dollar Women
Did you know that less than 3% of all female entrepreneurs ever hit the million dollar revenue mark? Something has to change! This book is the perfect blueprint that shows you how to turn an idea into a million-dollar business with smart investment tactics and strategies. Who doesn’t want that?! It’s truly one of the books for any female entrepreneur.
10. Go Big Now
This is the second book by Julia Pimsleur of Million Dollar Women above. Do you struggle with maintaining a positive mindset? Most times, mindset is what’s standing in your way from accomplishing your business goals. Julia shares her decades of knowledge and research around mindset practices and explains her eight mindset keys that will help you reach your goals.
11. Stretched Too Thin
Moms have enough on their plates. But to add managing a business to that, it’s a lot, and you can easily get overwhelmed. This book gives useful tools and perspectives to being a working mom and still maintaining self-care and personal relationships.
12. Everything is Figureoutable
Marie Forleo is one of the most powerful businesswomen we know. In her book, she teaches you how to retrain your brand to think creatively and figure out problems that come your way. She touches on how to overcome lack of time and money, and how to deal with imposter syndrome (we know all business owners experience that at some point!) It’s a must-read!
13. Get Different: Marketing that Can’t be Ignored!
Author Mike Michalowicz of Profit First asks every entrepreneur to think about these three questions when it comes to their marketing:
- Does it differentiate?
- Is it attractive?
- Is it direct?
Read the book to learn why these questions matter and how they’ll transform your business in a saturated market.
14. Profit First
This book taught us so much about how to be the CFOs we needed to be for our business! We follow this model every day and it’s not only helped us understand how to be profitable, but how to continue to find profitability in everything we do. It provides case studies, step-by-step advice, and a system that will bring money in easier and faster.
15. The Lazy Genius Way
Forget what everyone else wants. What actually matters to you? That’s what you’ll uncover after reading this book. It goes through the author’s 13 Lazy Genius principles that will equip you to figure out what matters most to you and forget about everything else.
16. The Road Back To You
You may have taken an Enneagram test for fun, but it can actually tell you a lot about how you, individually, function. Imagine how useful that can be while running your own business! It will also teach you how others see the world to more effectively work with teams — a business partnership must-read!
17. How to Get Sh*t Done
Do you ever feel like you’re not doing enough, but you have WAY too much on your plate to take on anything else? It’s a common struggle as a business owner! Author Erin Falconer will teach you how to do less but achieve more with advice, tools, and real-life stories.
18. Get Good With Money
The ultimate masterclass to budgeting, saving, and financial planning for the future. Author Tiffany “The Budgetnista” shares her 10-step process to building wealth without over-complicating it. Sign us up for this!
Have any more books entrepreneurs must read?
Tell us in the comments what is missing so we can keep adding to this list!
Which one of these are you going to read first? These are the best books for creative entrepreneurs that we’ve found since being in business. Each of these has served a different purpose in helping to build our business, and we hope they do the same for you!