And those who defy the odds will know that starting and running a business isn’t easy, and we all need some guidance and inspiration along the way.

That’s why Rapid Formations, one of the UK’s top company formation agents, shares its top 10 books (in no order) for female entrepreneurs.

1. The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

The Squiggly Career is a 2020 Sunday Times number-one bestseller and an inspiring and practical guide to helping people thrive in their careers.

It teaches that the career ladder is far more fluid than we realize and that we should approach every decision we make with a positive lens of opportunity and purpose.

Tupper and Ellis fill this book to the brim with motivating tips and honest advice – not just for women trying to navigate the traditional workplace but aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs in need of down-to-earth, candid guidance on how to find professional success and happiness. Their key cover the following areas:

  • Play to your super strengths
  • Discover your values
  • Overcome your confidence gremlins
  • Build better support networks
  • Explore your future possibilities
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2. The Fearless Woman’s Guide to Starting A Business by Ameé Quiriconi

If you’re a future female entrepreneur lacking the support and motivation to take the next step, this book could be just what you need.

The Fearless Woman’s Guide to Starting a Business is written by Ameé Quiriconi, a leadership development author and podcaster who herself left a corporate career to fulfil her dream of owning a business.

Quiriconi focuses specifically on the social constructs that, though outdated, still exist regarding women in business and their lack of professional (and personal) opportunities compared to their male counterparts.

She draws on her own experiences to debunk these ideals, replacing them with a practical and optimistic guide to the key resources a successful female entrepreneur needs: vision, authenticity, resilience, and a supportive community.

Read Quiriconi’s book for a true courage boost and to understand how to manifest your passions and skills into running your own company.

3. Girls Just Wanna Have Funds by Camilla Falkenberg, Emma Due Bitz & Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen

Written by the founders of the financial education platform, Female Invest, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds is an empowering and uplifting book for female entrepreneurs seeking greater financial confidence.

The authors draw attention to the significant gender pay gap and offer female entrepreneurs a simple guide to not only overcoming this obstacle but turning it into a world of opportunities.

This book is comprehensive, easy to read, and avoids (and explains) complex industry jargon. The authors aim to teach businesswomen how to invest safely and confidently – even if they don’t have much money to start with.

But its teachings are not limited to investing. There is plenty that businesswomen can take away from this book, such as how to set and achieve your goals, how to manage your finances effectively, how to make your money work harder, and how to boost your overall confidence.

4. Working Hard, Hardly Working by Grace Beverley

While building and running your own company is incredibly exciting, it can also be very stressful and overwhelming.

That’s why Beverley tackles the notion of mental health among entrepreneurs in Working Hard, Hardly Working.

She suggests a wide range of self-care and productivity solutions to help the business-minded reduce stress, increase productivity, and feel more fulfilled.

After all, being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 job. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrilling venture of launching your own business, thinking that any time spent away from your phone or computer is unproductive.

However, this often means you forget to look after yourself, leaving you – and your business – at risk.

If you’re a female entrepreneur struggling to spin multiple plates, you’re not alone. You might find Beverly’s book helpful in finding a healthy balance between life and work and useful techniques to avoid burnout, all of which are based on Beverly’s own experiences as a two-time business owner.

Simply looking for something uplifting? This book will undoubtedly make you laugh with a hilarious story of how Beverly discovered the reality of working life.

5. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Business owners are leaders. Even before you hire your first employee, you’re the one leading your company forward, making decisions, and dealing with their outcomes – good and bad.

Naturally, being an authoritative figure in business can be unnerving, uncomfortable, and even frightening.

It comes with a great deal of responsibility and accountability. So, how can female entrepreneurs tackle this?

In Dare to Lead, Brown offers a truly honest and empowering perspective on how to overcome your professional fears—whether they relate to public speaking, connecting with people, or starting a company.

If you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone, this book will guide you towards finding and developing your confidence and being an effective leader.

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6. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith

Clinical psychologist, Dr Julie Smith, offers easy and practical tools for anyone who might be facing common mental health challenges, such as building self-confidence, finding motivation, and dealing with criticism.

Both male and female entrepreneurs will be familiar with some of these difficulties, which often come naturally with owning and running a business.

In fact, FreeAgent reports that work negatively impacts almost half of small business owners in the UK.

These everyday issues could affect your personal as well as professional life. So, Smith draws on her own experience in Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? to provide expert advice and powerful coping techniques for entrepreneurs wanting to optimise their mental health and build their resilience.

7. No Bullsh*t Strategy by Alex M.H Smith

You need a strategy for your business to be successful. But what exactly does that mean, and how can you develop a meaningful strategy that works?

Smith’s digestible book offers a fresh perspective on what is truly meant by ‘strategy’. He strips back this common term, removing the overly elaborate corporate jargon and meaningless connotations that have mystified its meaning over time.

He explains it in basic terms: strategy is “the unique value a business provides to the market.” In other words, it’s not what you say but rather how you say it – and that mantra should be applied to your products or services.

No BullSh*t Strategy is a short but concise book that is packed with enlightening and actionable tips for female entrepreneurs who want guidance in launching a new brand or reinventing an existing one in a refreshing way.

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

Despite what the get-rich-quick schemes will tell you, success isn’t built overnight. It’s also often even harder for female entrepreneurs.

But rather than feeling sorry for ourselves because society holds us back, Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, encourages women to take action and, well, lean in.

In a bid to create more unity and equality, Lean In talks openly about the gender differences that exist in business today, and Sanberg uses a mixture of research and her personal stories to help female entrepreneurs build their professional strength and courage.

Yes, there will be challenges along the way, but Sandberg teaches that even the smallest changes in our lives can have the greatest effects. If you’re ready to lean in, we recommend grabbing a copy of this inspiring book.

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9. New Startup Mindset by Sandra Shpilberg

In New Startup Mindset, CEO and founder of Seeker Health, Sandra Shpilberg, shares her personal success story to promote new ways of building a start-up.

Unlike the Silicon Valley approach, which she argues is unrealistic, unimpactful, and broken, she urges future generations of entrepreneurs to ditch the traditional path and do business differently.

She explains how she, an immigrant woman from Uruguay, a mother of two, and a person who needs eight hours of sleep a day, has always done so and generated success from it.

For example, rather than taking on business partners as her company grew, she remained a solo founder throughout the entirety of her company’s life.

Rather than paying for a commercial office, she used a tiny co-working space. And “Instead of fictitious valuations, [she] booked revenue and profit.”

Ambitious female entrepreneurs can learn a lot from Shpilberg’s experiences—from mustering the confidence to just go for it and start that business they’ve always dreamed of, to finding the motivation to break moulds.

10. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Last but by no means least is Big Magic. We mentioned that starting a business can be a daunting concept – even more so if that business is a creative one.

If you’re considering turning a creative skill (like writing or making art) into a career, you probably have some concerns about its viability.

But with Gilbert’s help, you can turn those concerns into positive curiosity and replace fear with action.

In essence, she wants to inspire budding entrepreneurs to embrace their creativity (or what Gilbert calls “strange jewels”) and, rather than fixating on what-ifs, use passion and mindfulness to diminish those challenges and succeed.

Thanks For Reading

There you have our top 10 book recommendations for female entrepreneurs. From start-up advice and inspiring stories to motivational tips and mental health assistance, there’s something for everyone.

We hope that you give at least one of these books a go and find useful guidance for your entrepreneurial venture.

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