This section of the blog is going to be a review of great books that I have found that I just have to share with others. Being a woman with her own business, I have gone through many trials to get where I am. I love the advice that I have gotten along the way, but some times I feel like it is more focused on men in the business world. Some of these books are from a woman’s perspective, some have given me some inspiration along the way and other just help you be more conscious of what you are doing with your money.
I felt like I should share these finds with you because they had a huge impact on me and my career! If you have a book recommendation for me to check out, please share them in my comment section below and let me know why you loved the book.
In addition, I’m always interested in what my friends are reading! If you have something that you think I would love, please contact me at email@example.com to discuss.
The Entrepreneur Equation by Carol Roth
I loved this book for its brutal honesty and hard-core reality check that it gives to the reader. I would highly recommend this book to any individual who is seriously thinking of starting their own business. I have has numerous clients who have come to me with an idea, a concept or a plan to work for themselves and it scares me. It scares me because as much as I do not want to crush anyone’s optimistic outlook, there are harsh realities with owning your own business that are most often overlooked. Carol Roth does an excellent job bringing those realities to life in a step-by-step outline from beginning to profit stages. It will be a self assessment of your goals and motivations on why you want to start your own business (ie. to be your own boss, work when you want, make more money, etc.) and if self-employment is a good fit for you and your personality. It is a “wake-up call” that you might not have even known that you needed, but can sometime help you avoid the failure of jumping into something too soon or at all.
The Chic Entrepreneur – Put Your Business in Higher Heels by Elizabeth W. Gordon
This is a great read for anyone who is looking to go out on their own and start up a new business. It is a step-by-step guide to what is important when you begin to start a new business. My favorite aspect of the book is that each chapter is a new topic that one will face while starting a new business and has case studies that solidify the topics at hand. The case studies show two different entrepreneurs and how they approached each topic. At the end of the chapter, it shows how and why one of the entrepreneurs was more successful than the other. I think this shows real life examples on how to accomplish what you set out to do. The book is general in the steps that you will see, but if you are starting a new business, I would suggest reading it in the beginning stages so that you can focus each chapter’s examples to your own business.
Shoo, Jimmy Choo! by Catey Hill
Naturally, I do judge a book by its cover even if its a quick judgement! In this case, I was intrigued to find a bright pink book with a stiletto shoe on the cover in the finance section. My inner girl instinctively reached out and flipped it to the back – I needed to read this book! Let me just say the Catey Hill has a fantastic way of making personal finance interesting for ladies who seriously do not have a clue about their finances! She puts it in relate-able terms so that even the most brilliant shopper will understand why they are actually in debt. She uses easy tricks to make you sit down and build a budget. Relating your finances to blow outs, diets, gym workouts, surgery, etc. so that the every day girl will understand! I would suggest reading this to gain an understanding of your spending style and where adjustments can be made.