The best books I've read which have helped my business


If you follow me on social media (which you totally should, by the way!), you'll know that I adore reading and always have a book on the go with another one waiting to be picked up when I finish it. I truly believe that reading is so important to inspire and spark creativity and so today I wanted to share the books that have helped shape my business.

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#girlboss - Sophia Amoruso

You definitely just rolled your eyes. But this is the book that started it all! I've known that I wanted to start a business since I was little, but I always felt like it was something that was off limits to someone "like me".

Reading #girlboss made me realise that I didn't have to come from wealth or be a certain type of person to start my own business, but that I needed to find what I was really good at, work hard and have a lot of determination.

There are a lot of practical lessons in amongst Sophia's story, such as the importance of paying attention to details and focusing on making every customer feel important, simple things which are often overlooked. I also love the cute graphics and quotes at the start of each chapter.

Book Yourself Solid - Michael Port

I read this around Easter and boy, do I wish I'd got my hands on it when I first started EAV! If you're drowning in a sea of blog posts about getting clients, marketing, and email lists, close those tabs NOW and get your hands on a copy of this book!

The advice in this book allowed me to simplify and really focus on what I offer to clients, who I do my best work with and how to appeal to clients in a way that's authentic and works well with my skills. It covers pretty much every topic I wasted hours researching on Pinterest and is the most useful, practical business book on this list.

Playing Big - Tara Mohr

Playing Big was recommended by two women I admire, Charlotte Jacklin and Sara Tasker, more than once, so I knew it was a must-read.

I have to admit, it's taken me ages to read this, but it's because there's so much to absorb. Tara details the ways many women unconsciously hold themselves back from "playing big" and fulfilling their potential. You may be thinking that there's no way you do that - I thought the same. But as I progressed through the book, there were so many areas I recognised myself in.

It's very in-depth and there are also exercises to do at the end of each chapter so it may take you a while to get through, but it's very much worth it.

The Working Woman's Handbook - Phoebe Lovatt

I flipping love this book. It's crammed full of practical advice which will serve you well in your career, whether you're self-employed or working for someone else. 

The Working Woman's Handbook is a mixture of handy tips, career stories from successful women and short exercises to help you decide on your next move. I read this at the very start of creating EAV and it really helped me to see my vision clearly and work out how to make it happen.

Lucky Bitch - Denise Duffield-Thomas

A bit of an avant-garde choice, as Lucky Bitch really isn't a business or career book. It's about the law of attraction, but very much in a to-the-point, no BS kind of way, similar to Sarah Knight's style of writing. Even if you aren't into the law of attraction, this book gives a lot of really good advice for living a happier, more intentional life in a non-wishy-washy way.

I actually expected to dislike this book based on the title, but I loved it. I read it during quite a difficult time earlier in the year and it reminded me that moping about the things I didn't like about my life won't change them - instead, it's best to be grateful for the good things and take steps to change or embrace the parts I'm less keen on. It inspired me to stop offering accountancy services because I felt like that was what I should be doing, and to put more energy into 1:1 sessions as they're what I'm passionate about.

Some other helpful reads:

Little Black Book - Otegha Uwagba

Start With Why -  Simon Sinek

She Means Business - Carrie Green

You Do You - Sarah Knight

The Multi-Hyphen Method - Emma Gannon

Lost and Founder - Rand Fishkin

Which books have been the most helpful to you as a business owner?


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