We usually associate ambition and business savvy with men in suits and corner offices in huge office complexes, but these days, it’s not uncommon for the CEO and SVP to just as easily be working at the kitchen counter while packing lunches for kids to take to school. The small business world is ripe with opportunity for moms who want to chase the dream of entrepreneurship. Here are some books to help you (or your mom) get her business up, running, and thriving.
1. Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success by Nicole Feliciano
Feliciano offers a step-by-step guide to building your business while maintaining joy (and sanity) in your home life. Your mission is to become a “Badass Business Woman,” and she shows you exactly how to get there.
2. Hot Women Rock: How to Discover Your Midlife Entrepreneurial Mojo by Pat Duckworth
Duckworth gears her book toward women who are considering a career change in mid-life, encouraging them not to simply settle for another job doing the same old thing, but instead to chase their dreams and start that business they’ve always been thinking of. She offers both insight and inspiration to help these “midlife entrepreneurs” get started in the right direction.
3. Financially Chic: Live a Luxurious Life on a Budget, Learn to Love Managing Money, and Grow Your Wealth by Fiona Ferris
Part of being a successful businesswoman is knowing how to manage your money. Ferris gives you the basics of how to save as much of that money as possible and then shows you how to make your savings earn money for you!
4. Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing
Kealing tells the story of Brownie Wise, the woman who invented the “Tupperware Party” and made Earl Tupper’s plastic storage containers an essential in every home.
5. Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue by Lu Li
Li’s collection of letters offers encouragement, inspiration, practical and useful suggestions and tips, and stories of personal experience from highly successful businesswomen.
6. Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze
Successful businesswomen don’t get that way by trying to keep up with the Joneses. Cruze (daughter of famed financial guru Dave Ramsey) gives practical advice as to how to grow your wealth and avoid the “comparison trap.”
7. Funded: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Your First Round by Katherine Hague
A burgeoning business needs investors to be able to grow quickly, but raising that venture capital is difficult and scary. Hague explains how it all works, and how you can successfully raise your first round of funds.
8. Slowing Down: Unexpected Ways to Thrive as a Female Leader by Sherry Welsh
It’s easy to get so caught up trying to make your business succeed and taking care of your home that you neglect the rest of your life. Welsh reminds women to live at a slower pace and take the time to practice gratitude and really pay attention to those around them.
If you’re a mom and have always dreamed of starting a business, check out these books and start chasing that dream!
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