24 Business Books Every Woman Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Ambitious women often find themselves exhausted from the challenges that come with a traditional 9-5 job and many decide to branch out on their own. This risky yet brave step often requires one to seek resources and tools. Business books in digital form and audio make finding business resources on marketing, leadership, business culture, inspiration and self-development tools incredibly accessible.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best business books to consider adding to your reading list in 2019. The categories we cover are  Management & Leadership, Business Culture, Finance/Money, Self-Development, Marketing/Sales and Inspiration/Memoir. 

Management & Leadership

Leadership skills and training doesn’t just apply to managers these days. For those who find themselves in a leadership role, whether it’s a small team or hundreds of employees, these books are ones you’re going to want to check out.

Dare to Lead – Brene Brown

Radical Candor – Kim Scott

Multipliers – Liz Weizman, Gregg McKeown

The Fearless Organization – Amy C. Edmondson

Business Culture

Workplace culture is an increasingly talked about topic in the world of business. It examines the behaviors and core values that lead to the social and psychological environment of the organization. If you’re interested in gleaning a better understanding of what workplace culture is, we recommend these.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job – Sally Helgesen

Rising Strong – Brene Brown

Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility – Patty McCord


Not all personal and business finance books are created equal. Our selection covers everything from income stream diversification, money mindset, self-worth and a guide for ambitious women who want to make big career moves but not lose themselves in the process. Fran Hauser

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate -Fran Hauser

You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero

Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms – Amanda Steinberg

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive – Dorie Clark


There’s no shame in wanting to take a step inward and hone in on the areas we wish to improve. These self-development books are a motivating way to help you develop certain skills to help you continue moving forward as an entrepreneur.

The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins

Grit – The Power of Passion & Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

The Confidence Code – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain


Building relationships with your customers is arguably one the most important aspects of any business. You can’t grow without understanding how to reach, speak to and serve your customers. These books will show you the strategies and tips that will keep your businesses competitive in the marketplace.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth – W. Chan Kim

The One Hour Content Plan – Meera Kothand

Everybody Writes – Ann Handly

Building A Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen – Donald Miller


These inspiring accounts of women in business are staples to have on your bookshelf. Pull one out when you’re looking for a dose of encouragement or keep on your coffee table for all to see.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Becoming Michelle Obama – Michelle Obama

In the Company of Women – Grace Bonney

Own It: The Power of Women at Work – Sally Krawchek

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