When I started my mompreneur journey, I had a hard time explaining to people around me what I did, or why I decided to pursue the life path less traveled. It often felt like nobody understood the pressures of building a biz while raising a family, and I didn’t know enough other entrepreneurs to reach out to. Time and money are scarce resources! Reading business books for mompreneurs is the best way to tap into a wealth of knowledge, and different perspectives when you don’t have the funds to pay for high-priced courses or masterminds.
These days, I’ve (sadly) given up watching reality TV or keeping up with celebrity gossip with the goal of spending my downtime getting educated rather than entertained!
If you’re an aspiring mompreneur, or in need of a good pick-me-up, I highly recommend the books on this curated list! These are the books that have made a HUGE impact on my life, and opened up my mind to learn more about all the facets of running a successful business.
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Business Books for Mompreneurs
This book answers one defining question: “What piece of advice would you give to the next generation of female entrepreneurs?”
Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue gives you 66 inspirational stories from successful businesswomen from various industries including: education, technology, finance, and not-for-profit.
They’ve not only reached the height of financial success, but also personal fulfillment. The editor, Lu Li, is the founder of Blooming Founders, a startup social network that encourages and supports female entrepreneurs.
This is the quintessential book for a young aspiring entrepreneur trying to find her place in the world.
After starting her first online business at the age of 20, Carrie Green shares her successes, failures and wisdom in an honest account of what it takes to start a business.
She Means Business provides ample amounts of motivation and encouragement, focusing mainly on the mindset and emotional challenges of entrepreneurship such as: overcoming fears, self-doubt, and getting clear on your business vision. There’s an actionable 28 day challenge, freebie links within the content and, amazing inspirational quotes to help you along the way.
When I was in the process of transitioning from my 9-5 corporate job to work full-time on my design business, I read this book from cover-to-cover just to make sure I wasn’t doing anything I’d regret!
Kiyosaki explains making the transition from employee to entrepreneur in 10 Steps. Throughout those steps, he also shares his personal stories of successes and failures in his own entrepreneurial journey to becoming a household name.
My most valuable takeaway from Before You Quit Your Job was understanding the difference between being a “Business Owner” vs an “Investor”. As a “Business Owner” you are essentially still trading time-for-money except in your own business — This works for many people (and is what I ended up doing in my first six-figure business), but becoming an “Investor” is the key to creating immense wealth.
On Mindset + Motivation
This book was the perfect remedy to dealing with the “Mom-Guilt” when we’re juggling multiple priorities between building and business and raising a family. It provides a range of suggestions, examples and resources in order to achieve both.
Boss Mom was an engaging, short read that felt almost like reading a collection of well-written blog posts. I found Dana Malstaff’s personal experience insightful — Through reading about her struggles in raising two children while building a successful business, we also get to share her joy and achievements.
The book makes you think more broadly of what it means to be a good parent and a successful entrepreneur, and feel worthy of wanting more for both yourself and your family!
I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, but the more I read the more I came to like Jen Sincero’s humor and wit, with a healthy dose of sarcasm to make it a really entertaining read!
This book taught me how to dig into my childhood to find clues about who my real, authentic self really was (before it got jaded by adulting, that is). It helped me hone into my creative passion as I started my first design business. The book dies dive into some new-age spiritual ideologies like trusting the universe, and tapping into your personal vibration and frequencies, but it didn’t bother me.
You Are A Badass calls out all the limiting beliefs we tell ourselves that get in the way of our own desires to pursue success and happiness in our lives. Sincero’s real-life examples are hilarious, and she coaches us on how to identify our own limiting beliefs, replace them, and move forward like a badass.
This book was one of the ones that kicked off my self-development reading shred as I was transitioning to full-time entrepreneurship. It helped set me up in the right frame of mind. It is the true embodiment of “collaboration over competition”, and shows us how women can accomplish more together when we put aside competition and judgment.
As someone starting out, it’s easy to get caught up in feelings of jealousy over other people’s success. There’s plenty of success to go around, and if we all support each other’s dreams, everyone wins. Girl Code is a good reminder to keep my thoughts in check when I feel envy creeping in, and motivated me to reach out to and connect with other female entrepreneurs to build my network.
On Finance + Money
After reading tons of valuable content on Ramit’s blog and YouTube videos, I knew I had to pick up this book to see what this guy was all about! Some may find his tone to be a bit “frat-boyish” but personally, I liked his no-BS writing style mixed with some cheesy humor!
I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a personal finance book geared towards millennials in a materialistic digital age. Although it focuses mainly on the 4 Pillars of personal finance: banking, budgeting, saving, and investing, I was most interested in his ideas around building wealth through personal entrepreneurship.
I found this book to be very actionable, particularly in the saving and investing side. You walk away from this book with some very actionable steps of how to get your finances in order!
As an accountant, I found this book to be wildly refreshing. The author’s explains why the accounting definition of “profit” is detrimental to the average business owner, and why they should be focusing on managing CASH FLOW first, in order to ensure profitability.
This is the system they never taught us in business school, but I wish every single entrepreneur knew. In Profit First, Mike Michalowicz teaches you a system for managing all the cash inflows into your business and reallocating them to a series of different bank accounts for: Profits, Owner’s Pay, Tax, and Operating Expenses in a particular order.
This ensures that you bootstrap the hell out of your business while setting aside enough to pay yourself and avoid the shock at year-end when you realize you don’t have the cash in your bank account to pay taxes. I recommend this to all entrepreneurs who are looking for a simple, yet savvy way to manage their business finances!
As the daughter of personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, you’d think that Rachel Cruze would know a thing or two about money! Rachel is a new mom shedding light on the damaging money we have of “keeping up with the Joneses”.
Love Your Life Not Theirs outlines seven essential money habits for living a life we really want — a life in line with our values, where we can afford the things we want to buy without being buried under debt, stress, and worry.
I felt this was a very important message to drill home, particularly since we’re often comparing ourselves to others’ seemingly perfect lives on social media! As entrepreneurs, we have to be extra diligent in making intentional choices about where the money goes when we’re looking to invest it in our business, and not on life’s luxuries, especially in the startup phase!
On Social Media & Marketing
I was very anti-social media for many years, but this is one of those epic business books that has single-handedly changed my perspective on social media. It made me realize that I was USING IT ALL WRONG even in my first business, but now I’m a believer.
Crushing It shares stories about how business owners, and regular everyday people gained the elusive “influencer” status by building a following on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat, and the immense power it had to change their lives.
“Gary Vee” is a true businessman in every sense, and a social media visionary. He shows us that social media is a powerful tool to share our message and core values out into the world. In this digital age, we have the extraordinary ability to influence and inspire others to do great things.
CONFESSION: I’ve been dragging my feet for a long time on the idea of starting a YouTube channel to tap into a wider audience with my blog content. But after discovering this book, I have gained newfound confidence because she has made all the mistakes so you don’t have to!
Vlog Like A Boss is written by YouTube star and social media expert Amy Schmittauer (now Landino) in a conversational tone that makes you feel like you’re having coffee with your best friend. She’s a compelling storyteller with refined skills of persuasion.
This book teaches you how to overcome all the major fears that prevent you from making videos, and is an encapsulation of all that she has learned since starting her YouTube channel “Savvy Sexy Social” in 2015, and now has a global community with millions of views.
You may have heard the saying “Words tell, stories sell”. This book made me think differently about the way I talk about who I am, what I do, and the unique value my personal experiences and skills bring to business.
Building a StoryBrand teaches readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.
Telling stories is how we’re able to better connect with our customers and grow our businesses. My biggest takeaway is that your “story” isn’t about you at all, but rather your customers. It taught me how to find my voice so that I could sell authentically, without sounding sleazy or fake.
On Business Strategy
This book evolved from an article originally published in the Harvard Business Review. The authors challenge companies to break out of the “red ocean” of bloody competition by creating uncontested “blue ocean” market space that makes the competition irrelevant.
Many businesses compete head-to-head in their industries, and quite often on pricing. Blue Ocean Strategy shows us a smarter way to compete by redesigning or repackaging our products or services to focus on unique value. It helps you hone in on a specific niche so that you don’t need to compete with the masses.
While the book brings many examples from large corporations, it’s still an interesting read for small businesses and solopreneurs alike to inspire a different way to stand out against the competition.
This book open up my eyes to the possibility of living the “New Rich” lifestyle, and not having to wait until retirement to enjoy your life. Not everyone will appreciate Tim’s tone of writing, and some have called it a bit egotistical, but the overall concepts and strategies have given me alot to think about as an entrepreneur, particularly around outsourcing and generating passive income.
The 4-Hour Workweek is more geared to those who are still working at their day-jobs, but it also sheds some light on outsourcing as a viable business strategy to parcel out all the routine day-to-day tasks in your business, career, or life to free up your time.
Tim Ferriss also shows us how he set up “profit centers” that earn him money through short work-bursts, giving him the cash flow to take “mini-retirements”. That’s what has enabled him to travel and “live the good life” — He’s taken tango lessons in Argentina and learned martial arts in Berlin.
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