Being a business owner, side hustle or not, comes with its challenges. Whether it’s managing your workload or sending awkward emails, it can be a lot to deal with as a one-woman band with no one to answer to but yourself, I get it.
Support comes in many forms though and I’ve found one in particular, really helpful. Books.
I’ve spoken before about how, up until recently, I hated reading but since I changed my mind, it’s something I look forward to every day, especially when it comes to finding inspiration for my business.
I don’t recommend you read any of these before you go to bed, they’re not exactly conducive to a good night’s sleep and I learnt that one the hard way, but if you’re a female entrepreneur like me in need of some motivation to grow, here are some I’ve read and recommend.
I appreciate organisation more than most so it’s no real surprise I enjoyed this book. It’s full of advice on it from the home to your wardrobe but it’s also got a pretty meaty section on work. Prioritising your tasks and keeping on top of your emails are just some of what it covers to help you become more productive at work.
This book was a game changer for me. I’ve gotten into a really bad habit of relating pretty much everything back to one of its chapters but it really is so insightful. I particularly enjoyed the opening one on defining success. It’s something I’d never really thought about in too much detail before but since I have, it’s changed my whole outlook on business.
Mary Portas is nothing if not passionate about making the workplace somewhere both men and women are equal and her book highlights just how far off we are from that with a mixture of personal experiences and horrifying statistics. It’s also full of inspirational quotes and advice on what you can do to help bridge the gap.
Cheating with this one as I’m only a couple of chapters in but it’s already an incredibly inspirational read. It’s Michelle Obama’s Autobiography which means it’s far more of a personal story than a ‘how to’ compared to the other books on this list but still a great story of a successful woman we can all learn something from (so far at least).
Do you find books helpful when it comes to your business? Which ones do you recommend?