My Top 5 Favorite Business Books For New-ish Entrepreneurs

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Over this past weekend I took some time to clear out my office to make space for our little Bean who will be arriving in just a few months. One of the major parts of clearing out my stuff besides the closet filled with things I haven’t touched in years, was my bookshelf. I have always been hesitant to spend money on clothes, shoes and bags but I have no problem dropping money on a new book. Needless to say my collection has grown massively over the years.

As I was going through my shelf trying to decide what to keep and what to donate I shared a few titles over on Instagram that I felt made a huge impact on the way I run my business today. Back in the day when I started my first company I couldn’t afford to hire a coach and e-courses weren’t as popular as they are now but I knew that I could always get the help I needed from a book. Those small investments in both time and money have helped me to grow immensely as a person and as an entrepreneur over the past 6 years. A few of you asked that I compile them into a list so I decided to start out with a few that I think are great for beginners.

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YOUR IDEA INC.: 12 Steps to Building A MIllion Dollar Business - Starting Today!

by Sandy Abrams

While I didn’t make a million dollars from this book, it did help me to clarify my idea and audience and gave me the step-by-step tools I needed to really lay a solid business foundation. Sandy covers everything from understanding your target audience, to pricing, to selling your products at trade shows and more! My copy of this book is filled with notes and it is definitely one that you should hold on to to reference later.

PROFIT FIRST: TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS FROM A CASH-EATING MONSTER TO A MONEY-MAKING MACHINE

by Mike Michalowicz

I just read this book for the first time last year but it honestly made me wish that it had released years ago. Mike covers his four principles that will make accounting for your business simpler and more profitable. If you feel like your finances are unorganized and you’re spending more than you’re bringing in, then you need this book.

EVERYBODY WRITES: YOUR GO-TO GUIDE TO CREATING RIDICULOUSLY GOOD CONTENT

by Ann Handley

GAME CHANGER! No matter what type of content you create, Ann provides you with incredible tips on how you can make your writing better. She also shares her expert advice on how to use your words to connect with your audience while also marketing effectively. This book is actually on my list to reread this year.

YOU ARE A BADASS: HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE

by Jen Sincero

Ok, this isn’t a business book but one of the major issues I had first starting out was actually believing that I had what it took to run a business. That doubt and insecurity is also a trait that I see in a lot of the women entrepreneurs that I have worked with. If you’ve been struggling with believing in yourself then this book is the kick in the butt that you need to finally stop procrastinating and start taking action on the life you desire.

BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS THE RIGHT BRAIN WAY: Sustainable Success for the Creative Entrepreneur

by Jennifer Lee

If you haven’t noticed by now, the majority of the business books that exist can be extremely boring and written for industries that do not include creatives. In this book Jennifer covers everything from branding to promoting your products or services to growing your team. And she does it all in a way that is relatable to creative entrepreneurs. This is another one that I keep on my shelf to reference later.

Alisha Byrd